Autism Science Foundation Offers IMFAR Travel Grants to Autism Stakeholders


Application Period Now Open: Funds will enable parents, individuals with autism, teachers, therapists, students and others to attend the world’s leading autism research conference

(January 07, 2015—New York, NY)–The Autism Science Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting and funding autism research, today announced that is offering a limited number of grants to parents of children with autism, individuals with autism, special education teachers, students and other stakeholders to support attendance at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah from May 13-16, 2015. Awards of up to $1000 can be used to support reimbursement for registration fees, travel, accommodations, meals and other directly related expenses, including childcare or special accommodations to enable individuals with autism to participate.

IMFAR is an annual scientific meeting, convened each spring, to promote, exchange and disseminate the latest scientific findings in autism research and to stimulate research progress in understanding the nature, causes, and treatments for autism spectrum disorders. IMFAR is the annual meeting of the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR). Awardees will be expected to provide a written summary of their observations and experiences to share with the general public.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this program for the fifth year in a row and to give back to the autism stakeholder community in a research-focused way,” said Alison Singer, president of the Autism Science Foundation.

One of last year’s recipients of an ASF IMFAR Travel Grant, Rachel Zamzow, described the opportunities the grant provided for her. “At IMFAR 2014 I was able to engage with and learn from leaders in autism research, as well as stakeholders themselves. Then, I was able to share what I learned with the greater autism community through social media.”

To apply, send a letter to describing why you want to attend IMFAR and explaining how you would share what you learn there 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. In the subject line please write: IMFAR Travel Grant. Letters must be received by February 29, 2015. Recipients will be announced in late March. Past recipients have included individuals with autism, parents of children with autism, siblings of individuals with autism, special & regular education teachers, graduate and undergraduate students, post doctoral fellows, journalists, and others to attend and participate in the conference. Additional application information is available at here.

The Autism Science Foundation (ASF) is a 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission is to support autism research by providing funding to those who conduct, facilitate, publicize and disseminate autism research. ASF also provides information about autism to the general public and serves to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the needs of individuals and families affected by autism.

The International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) is a scientific and professional organization devoted to advancing knowledge about autism spectrum disorders. INSAR was created in 2001. The society runs the annual scientific meeting – the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) – and publishes the research journal “Autism Research”.

Contact Info:

Casey Gold
Community Relations Manager
Autism Science Foundation
28 West 39th Street, #502
New York, NY 10018