The purpose of the ARI 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.
Who May Apply?
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.
In line with our mission, ARI will only accept grants that aim to increase our understanding of the biology and biochemistry of autism as well as medical and nutritional treatment; this includes genetics, neurology, metabolism, immunology, gastrointestinal, and sensory processing in addition to their impact on behavior.
If the pre-application is approved, the full complication will include the following: 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.
Funding is for a 12-month period starting in the Fall of 2021; 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.
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.