Apply for IMFAR Travel Grant

This year's application period is open until February 21, 2014. Details can be found here.

Each year ASF accepts applications for travel grants to send a limited number of parents of children with autism, individuals with autism, special education teachers and other stakeholders to attend the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR). The 2012 conference was held in Toronto, Canada from May 17-19.

Grant recipients receive up to $1,000, which is applied to expenses including registration, travel, accommodations and meals. The grant may also be applied to directly related expenses, including childcare or special accommodations to enable individuals with autism to participate. Grantees are responsible for obtaining international travel documents.

2012 Recipients:

  • Catherine Blackwell - Sibling
  • Debra Dunn - Parent, Center for Autism Research at CHOP
  • Eric Hogan - Self-Identified Individual with Autism
  • Eshan Hoque - PhD Candidate, MIT
  • Kadi Lichsinger - Parent
  • Marjorie Madfis - Parent
  • Jon Shestack - Parent, Founder of Cure Autism Now
  • Mark Shen - PhD Candidate, UC Davis MIND Institute
  • Melissa Shimek - Self-Identified Individual with Autism
  • Meghan Swanson - PhD Candidate, Hunter College/City University of New York (CUNY)
  • Meagan Thompson - PhD Candidate, Boston University
  • Emily Willingham - Parent, Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism Blog

Grant Requirements:

  • During the conference, grantees are asked to participate in ASF-related activities at IMFAR including a group photo and social media promotion. Full details will be shared prior to the conference.
  • Grantees must submit the original receipts for reimbursement and are expected to submit completed travel expense forms within 15 days of return from IMFAR.
  • After attending IMFAR, grantees are asked to share what they learned with their community to further autism research. Grantees are asked to send to ASF a short write-up plus photos or a video of their activity within six months of their return from IMFAR.

Application Process:

  • Open to autism stakeholders: individuals with autism, parents of children with autism, special education teachers, graduate and undergraduate students, journalists and others.   
  • Grants are awarded only to US residents over 18 years of age.
  • Applicants should send a letter via email describing why they want to attend IMFAR and explaining how they would share what they learned with the broader autism community.  
  • Letters should be sent as Microsoft Word attachments of no more than 2 pages, 12-point type, "Arial" font, with standard margins.  
  • Email subject line should read "IMFAR Grant Application"

Recipients will be announced in late March.