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2018 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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Autism Science Foundation

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

12/01/17 5:00 PM EST


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Grants of $25,000 to USA, Canada, and International graduate (predoctoral) students and medical students, and grants of $35,000 to postdoctoral scholars, for research activities related to autism spectrum disorders. 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.

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 & 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, including but not limited to research with females with ASD and their families. The approach is not-restricted and open to basic science, animal models, neuroanatomy and neurobiology, genetics, clinical research, services and employment. In addition, ASF is also very interested in studies which utilize a genetically defined subtype of autism, or those that include groups with a high probability of receiving a diagnosis.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174606

Estimated Size of Grant:

For predoctoral and medical students: $25,000
For postdoctoral students: $35,000

Term of Contract:

Awards must be started between July 1, 2018 and September 15, 2018. The term of the award will be a period of one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant Eligibility:

- 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 (July - ­September 2018).

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.

Mentor Eligibility:

- 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.

Advisor Eligibility:

- 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. It is recommended 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.
- The majority of funded applications do not include an advisor.

Note: This award cannot be used to cover tuition payments. No portion of these funds shall be used to cover indirect university costs.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Autism Science Foundation will hold an informational conference call regarding the predoctoral, postdoctoral, and medical school fellowship RFA on Friday, September 8th 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.

The call in number information is listed below (see Contact Information section).

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:

RFA Released: August 8, 2017
Applications Due: Friday, December 1, 2017 5:00 pm EST
Informational Conference Call: Friday, September 8, 2017 at 12:00 pm EST
Award Notifications: March 2018

Proposals should be submitted as a single PDF document with all materials (including those of the mentor), except the letter of recommendation, bundled together.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit the PDF by email to: with the subject line (Last Name/Institution
Pre/Postdoctoral/MedSchoolGapYear Application).

Additional questions about proposal submission, proposal content and review, or applicant eligibility should be addressed to Casey Gold, Director of Operations, Autism Science Foundation,

The call in number information for the informational conference is 866-906-9888. and the participant code is 2574613#.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.