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Predoctoral Fellowship Program

Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International Predoctoral
Students for Research Related to Autism

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Autism Speaks

LOI Date:

01/19/21

Deadline Date:

03/03/21 8:00 PM U.S. Eastern Time

Description:

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Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International predoctoral students for research related to autism. Applicants must submit a letter of intent before submission of a full application. Funding is intended to support scientists in the early stages of their career who are interested in making autism research their chosen field. The fellows will work directly with mentors who are leading scientists in autism-related research.

The primary purpose of the predoctoral fellowship is to provide highly qualified candidates with exceptional research training opportunities broadly related to the study of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Areas of research Autism Speaks is most interested in funding include:

  • Pre-clinical intervention studies, including gene and RNA editing
  • Immunology/inflammation
  • Medical comorbidities (particularly seizures and GI problems/microbiome) with an
  • emphasis on intervention studies
  • Adult transition and lifespan development
  • Challenging behavior
  • Cognitively disabled and/or non- or minimally verbal
  • Innovative implementation of technology to enhance reach and impact of services with an emphasis on diagnosis and intervention in low resource settings, especially among ethnic minority, rural and other marginalized populations
  • Inclusion of individuals from low-resource communities (For research that involves human subjects, Autism Speaks will prioritize study designs that include and better reflect the diversity of the community that Autism Speaks serves.)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185141

Estimated Size of Grant:

The two-year fellowship includes an annual $37,000 award that includes a stipend of $26,000 plus a $11,000 annual allowance for fringe benefits, research costs and supplies, professional travel and/or tuition reimbursement.

Term of Contract:

- Earliest Grant Start Date: November 2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The candidate must be an enrolled student in a program leading to a research doctorate (such as a Ph.D. or Sc.D.) or a combined degree, such as an M.D./Ph.D., in an academic department of an accredited university or health/medical institution. The selected predoctoral fellow must spend at least 80% of his/her professional time engaged exclusively in their Autism Speaks’ autism research-related activities for the duration of the award and cannot simultaneously hold another fellowship award during the support period.

International applications are encouraged.

Predoctoral Fellows: The candidate must be an enrolled student in a program leading to a research doctorate (such as a Ph.D. or Sc.D.) or a combined degree such as an M.D./Ph.D., in an academic department of an accredited university or health/medical institution. The candidate must have two or more years remaining in their program. The selected predoctoral fellow must spend at least 80% of his/her professional time engaged exclusively in their Autism Speaks’ autism research-related activities for the duration of the award and cannot simultaneously hold another fellowship award during the support period.

Mentors: Prior to application, predoctoral candidates must have an identified mentor for their fellowship. Mentors must have a Ph.D. and/or an M.D. or equivalent degree and be a scientific investigator with an academic or research institutional appointment (tenured, tenure-track or equivalent position). The mentor must be affiliated with a nonprofit research institution with a research mission and administrative infrastructure. Non-academic institutions must have tax-exempt status documented under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, or similar classification outside the United States.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadlines:

- Letter of Intent due on or before: January 19, 2021, 8:00 p.m. (U.S. Eastern Time)
- Letter of Intent decisions: By the first week of February 2021
- Recommendations (see page 6) due on or before: February 24, 2021 by 8:00 pm (ET)
- Application due on or before: March 3, 2021 by 8:00 pm (ET)

Other Important Dates (subject to change):

- Peer review panels: Spring/Summer 2021
- Notification: August 2021
- Earliest Grant start date: November 2021

Autism Speaks limits the application procedure to only one predoctoral fellowship submission from any fellow or any mentor per review cycle and applies to the LOI as well as the full application.

The Fellowship candidate must be the applicant. If you are new to the system, register with your institutional email address. Otherwise log in to your previously established account.

The applicant will receive a notification email after Autism Speaks’ staff reviews the submitted LOI. Applicants with approved LOIs will be able to move to the full application. Applicants will be notified by e-mail after the funding decision process is complete. All grant awards will be posted on the Autism Speaks website.

Autism Speaks policy requires all applicants and mentors to obtain ORCID profiles. See Supporting Documents below for more information.

Contact Information:

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

Submit an LOI online: https://science.grants.autismspeaks.org/login.php

For questions, contact Joan New, MBA, Grants Manager
609-228-7313
jnew@autismspeaks.org

Autism Speaks
1060 State Road, 2nd Floor
Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone: (609) 228-7313

Other queries? Contact research@autismspeaks.org.

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