2017 Pre and Postdoctoral Training Awards and Medical Student Gap Year Research Training Awards
Grants to USA, Canada, International Postdoctoral Fellows
and Medical Students for Autism Research Activities
and Medical Students for Autism Research Activities
Foundation / Corporation
Autism Science Foundation
12/01/16 5:00 PM EST
Grants of $25,000 to USA, Canada, and International graduate (predoctoral) students and medical students, and $35,000 to postdoctoral scholars, for research activities related to autism spectrum disorders. A conference call will take place on September 8.
Please note that USA citizens may be enrolled in universities that are either inside or outside of the United States to be eligible for funds; whereas, non-USA citizens are eligible, but they must be enrolled in USA-based universities.
There are three distinct categories of awards available:
1. Predoctoral Awards:
Applicants for predoctoral awards must be enrolled graduate students in good standing in a program leading to a research doctorate such as a Ph.D. or Sc.D. or a dual degree such as an M.D./Ph.D. in an academic department at an accredited university or health/medical institution.
2. Medical School Gap Year Research Training Awards: Applicants for Medical School Gap Year Research Training Awards should be enrolled at an accredited university medical school. Medical school applicants must apply prior to graduation from medical school but the gap year may be taken immediately after graduation.
3. Postdoctoral Awards:
Applicants for postdoctoral awards must have completed their doctoral or medical degree and have been accepted as a postdoctoral fellow in good standing in a program in the United States as of the award start date (July/Sept 2016).
The proposed training must be scientifically linked to autism and may be broadened to include training in a closely related area of scientific research.
Autism Science Foundation will consider for training purposes all areas of related basic and clinical research including but not limited to: human behavior across the lifespan (language, learning, behavior, communication, social function, motor skills and planning, epilepsy, sleep, repetitive disorders), neurobiology (anatomy, development, neuroimaging), pharmacology, neuropathology, genetics, epigenetics, genomics, epigenomics, immunology, molecular and cellular mechanisms, studies employing model organisms and systems, and studies of treatment and service delivery.
Special consideration will be given to projects focusing on gender issues in autism. This includes studies examining the female protective effect, neurobiological and neuroanatomical examination of the female autism brain, diagnostic differences and challenges in females, the female phenotype, and health and lifespan issues including vocational services and employment.
ASF also invites studies focused on unaffected siblings and recurrence risk in the offspring of unaffected siblings. ASF is also interested in supporting research on the neurobiology and molecular biology of autism using post-mortem brain tissue.
For predoctoral and medical students: $25,000
For postdoctoral students: $35,000
Projects must be started between July 1, 2017 and September 15, 2017. The term of the award will be a period of one year.
- Applicants for predoctoral awards must be enrolled students in good standing in a program leading to a research doctorate such as a Ph.D. or Sc.D. or a dual degree such as an M.D./Ph.D. in an academic department at an accredited university or health/medical institution.
- Applicants for Medical School Gap Year Research Training Awards should be enrolled at an accredited university medical school. Medical school applicants must apply prior to graduation from medical school but the gap year may be taken immediately after graduation.
- Applicants for postdoctoral awards must have completed their doctoral or medical degree and have been accepted as a postdoctoral fellow in good standing in a program in the United States as of the award start date (JulySept 2016).
Additional Eligibility Criteria:
- Pre and postdoctoral applicants may apply at any point during their training.
- The fellow may work on a project that extends out past the funding period, however, there must be specific goals and accomplishments stated as part of the fellowship.
- The selected awardee also must spend 80% of his/her professional time engaged exclusively in the autism research activities stipulated in the application for the duration of the award, and cannot simultaneously hold another fellowship award during the support period.
- USA citizens enrolled in universities inside or outside of the United States are eligible to apply.
- Non-USA citizens enrolled in USA-based universities are also eligible to apply.
- The proposed mentor must hold a tenured or tenuretrack faculty appointment (or equivalent) at an accredited institution of higher education or health/medical/research institution, and must be an established and active investigator in some aspect of autism research. Each mentor may sponsor only one candidate (either one predoctoral candidate OR one postdoctoral candidate OR one medical school gap year candidate). Each candidate may select only one mentor.
- The candidate may also have an advisor in addition to the mentor, but only the mentor’s qualifications will be considered in the scoring process. We recommend that the faculty member with more autism experience serve as the mentor. The advisor’s name should be included on the title page, and his/her role in the training of the fellow should be explicitly stated in the training plan.
- An advisor is not necessary for a successful application but recommended if parts of the project extend past the mentor’s immediate area of expertise.
Note: This award cannot be used to cover tuition payments. No portion of these funds shall be used to cover indirect university costs.
The Autism Science Foundation will hold an informational conference call regarding the predoctoral, postdoctoral, and medical school fellowship RFA on September 8, 2016 at 12:00 PM EST.
The call will outline best practices for completing the application. Participation on the conference call is not required for application.
Call-in Number: 866-906-9888
Participant code: 2574613#
Note About Proposals Using Post Mortem Tissue:
Proposals using post mortem tissue for research must provide documentation that the necessary tissue is or will be available at the research site at the time of the award and is not dependent on ASF funding. Proposals without proper documentation will be returned without review.
Proposals reviewed from a previous cycle may be resubmitted for consideration. In addition to the proposal, the applicant should provide a single page letter addressing the changes made in response to the reviewer’s comments
Submission of Proposals:
Proposals should be submitted as a single PDF document with all materials (including those of the mentor), except the letter of recommendation, bundled together. Submit the PDF by email with the subject line: Last Name/Institution Pre/Postdoctoral/MedSchoolGapYear Application (e.g. Martin/Tulane Post Doc Fellowship Application).
Letters of recommendation should be sent by the recommender directly to ASF by email. Please ask your recommender to use the subject line: Applicant last name, Pre/Post Doc, Letter of Recommendation (e.g. Martin Post Doc Letter of Recommendation).
Successful electronic submission of proposals and letters of recommendation will be confirmed by email notification to the sender.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Additional questions about proposal submission, proposal content and review, or applicant eligibility should be addressed to Casey Gold, Director of Operations
Submit proposals and letters of recommendation to:
Autism Science Foundation
106 West 32nd Street, Suite #182
New York, NY 10001
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