Resources for Researchers

This is an incredibly challenging and difficult time for autism scientists. The COVID-190 emergency is dramatically affecting research efforts. Universities across the country are shuttered, and many research projects have significantly altered, slowed or stopped for at least the next month. We are grateful for the dedication and creativity we have seen from the autism research community to ensure that research discoveries continue in some way, and we are committed to helping researchers continue to pursue these efforts.

We have compiled a list of resources specifically to help support scientists and researchers. This list will be constantly updated so check back frequently.

Existing Data Resources to Consider

Many researchers, especially early career scientists in ASD, have lost access to collecting in-person data from families and some research has stalled.  However, there are many data resources available to scientists with both biological collections and phenotyping data that might be available to help answer important research questions during this time.  ASF has compiled and organized these data resources HERE.  This file includes a description of the data resources and what they include, as well as who to contact to get them, but you will need to reach out to them individually if interested in any of the data.  They have their own data use agreements and IRB and collaboration requirements.  They will be described in a special webinar on July 10th at 3PM EST.  To register for that webinar, click here.

Ways to Help

Farah Qaisar summarizes how all scientists, regardless of training, can pitch in to not just continue scientific progress, but be a part of the COVID – 19 solution.

For Fellows and Trainees

ASF and Autism Speaks hosted a Research Regroup Webinar for autism research fellows on April 1st. The group shared challenges, ideas, and potential solutions for slowing or stoppage of research studies in autism during the COVID-19 emergency. You can view the powerpoint of the discussion here.

Was your undergraduate research experience ruined by university shutdowns? The University of Washington compiled a full list of online opportunities to learn more about autism as well as a reading syllabus of information geared at undergrads who had to leave early because of COVID-19 .

NIH and CDC Policies and Grant Opportunities

NIH has released information for NIH grantees and future applicants.

The CDC has shared flexibilities available to applicants and recipients of Federal financial assistance affected by COVID-19 here.

The National Science Foundation published a list of resources, including possible funding opportunities to understand COVID-19.

Advice for Scientists

Join NYSCF’s Associate Vice President of Scientific Outreach Dr. Raeka Aiyar for an interactive webinar Friday, April 24 at 12:00 pm titled “Scientific Career Development: Conquering the Challenges of Publishing,” on how to publish your manuscripts like a pro – from the dos and don’ts of scientific writing to designing informative figures to how to handle editors and peer review. Register for the webinar here.

The American Psychological Association provides advice from psychological researchers on protecting participants, animals and research plans.

Inside Higher Ed is sharing live updates on how higher education is reacting to the new coronavirus pandemic, including research and grant protocols. To view their live feed click here.

The Chronicle of Higher Education explains steps on how to manage expectations and keep your eyes on the prize during this time.

The Center for Undergraduate Research compiled a list of online tools, advice and virtual events. If you have problems access any one of these tools, email

Technology and Other Resources

Craig Lipset, former Head of Clinical Innovation at Pfizer, has compiled a list of resources to manage the continuation of industry-sponsored clinical trials. Researchers in academia conducting clinical trials or clinical research may also find these helpful. They include trusted technology platforms and devices.

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