ARI conducts, sponsors and supports research on the underlying causes of and treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorder. We are no longer accepting applications for 2019 – thank you for your interest. The online application link will appear on this page when we begin accepting applications for 2020.

About ARI’s Research Grants

ARI research grants are made possible through generous donor support.

Submission deadline: 2020 deadline to be announced

The purpose of the ARI awards is to provide pilot 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. Applicants must be affiliated with a research institution to be considered.

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.

Number of Funded Grants
ARI will fund between 5 and 8 research grants this year (2019).

Application Format – 
Cover page (1 page), narrative section (4-5 pages), budget section (1-2 pages), biographical sketch (2 pages maximum for each investigator). The narrative and budget sections should total a maximum of 7 pages.

Review Process-
ARI will adhere to the established guidelines of the National Institute of Health.  Proposals will be sent out to a primary and secondary reviewers from the ARI Science Advisory Board who have the experience and knowledge necessary to critically review the topic of each grant proposal. Each proposal is scored for its strengths and weaknesses in the categories of Significance, Innovation, Experimental Design, Investigator Qualifications and Overall Impact.  Scoring will be from 1 to 10 in each category with a score of 1 being the highest and 10 the lowest.  Request for proposals (RFPs) will be issued once or twice each year depending on funds available.

Research Links

Advances in Research
ARI’s Scientific Advisory Board
ARI Think Tanks
Advice for Parents