ARI conducts, sponsors and supports research on the underlying causes of and treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

About ARI’s Research Grants

ARI research grants are made possible through generous donor support.

The 2020 grant pre-application period has concluded.

The purpose of ARI’s awards is to provide early stage funding for research that has the potential to develop into extramurally funded, scientifically significant research projects. Support is focused on new areas of research for young investigators and new avenues of research for established investigators. Each year, the Autism Research Institute (ARI) requires approval of a pre-application prior to submitting a research proposal for consideration of funding.

  • Grants Funded—In line with our mission, ARI will only accept grants that aim to increase the understanding of the biology of primary ASD.
  • Funding Period—Funding is for a twelve-month period; however, eighteen months is allowed to complete the project. Renewal grants (continuation of the same project awarded in the previous year) will be considered only in exceptional circumstances.
  • Amount of Awards—Most grants range from $20,000 to $50,000 (USD).
  • Priorities for Funding—Priority will be given to: 1) start-up or seed efforts that represent new and promising areas of research; 2) projects that are most likely to attract additional extramural funding; and 3) senior investigators pursuing avenues of research which are new to the investigator.
  • Allowable Expenses—Expenditures included in the grant may include: 1) equipment, 2) operating expenses including supplies and materials, and 3) salaries for laboratory personnel (e.g., mentored undergraduate and graduate students, post docs, research associates) are allowed but are limited to the year of the grant. No salary or compensation is allowed for faculty or the applicant. No travel expense is allowed unless justified as necessary for the research. No indirect costs are covered.
  • Eligibility—University or Center faculty and post-doctoral students are eligible to submit one proposal per year as the Principal Investigator (PI). Adjunct faculty, research assistants, for-profit companies, research associates and visiting faculty are not eligible to apply.