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Request for Applications: 2018 Pre- and Postdoctoral Training Awards & Medical Student Gap Year Research Training Awards

RFA Released: TBA
Applications Due: TBA
Informational Conference Call:  TBA

The Autism Science Foundation invites applications for its Pre- and Postdoctoral Training Awards from graduate students, medical students and postdoctoral fellows interested in pursuing careers in basic and clinical research relevant to autism spectrum disorders.

The proposed training must be scientifically linked to autism and may be broadened to include training in a closely related area of scientific research. Autism Science Foundation will consider for training purposes all areas of related basic and clinical research including but not limited to: human behavior across the lifespan (language, learning, behavior, communication, social function, motor skills & planning, epilepsy, sleep, repetitive disorders), neurobiology (anatomy, development, neuroimaging), pharmacology, neuropathology, genetics, epigenetics, genomics, epigenomics, immunology, molecular and cellular mechanisms, studies employing model organisms and systems, and studies of treatment and service delivery.

Special consideration will be given to projects focusing on gender issues in autism. This includes studies examining the female protective effect, neurobiological and neuroanatomical examination of the female autism brain, diagnostic differences and challenges in females, the female phenotype, and health and lifespan issues including vocational services and employment.  ASF also invites studies focused on unaffected siblings and recurrence risk in the offspring of unaffected siblings.  ASF is also interested in supporting research on the neurobiology and molecular biology of autism using post-mortem brain tissue.

The Autism Science Foundation will hold an informational conference call regarding the predoctoral, postdoctoral, and medical school fellowship RFA on [date TBA]. The call will outline best practices for completing the application. Participation on the conference call is NOT required for application. The call in number is: 866-906-9888 and the participant code is 2574613#

Applications are due [date TBA]. Award notifications will be made in March 2018. Awards must be started between July 1, 2018 and September 15, 2018.

Additional questions about proposal submission, proposal content and review, or applicant eligibility should be addressed to Casey Gold, Director of Operations, Autism Science Foundation. (

Click here to view 2017 RFA.