What We Fund

Every day, scientists are unraveling the complexities of autism. Every day, researchers and scientists are asking the right questions and discovering a broad-spectrum of causes, treatments and cures for autism. We fund autism research because only through the most brilliant scientific minds will we continue to unlock the answers to autism.

Although scientists are constantly developing and achieving breakthroughs, we face the reality that there isn’t enough funding to keep pace with the growing need. This work is complex and often takes years of research and in many cases a large investment. With the fluctuating economy and other factors, the National Institute of Health (NIH) and other funding entities are not able to sustain their funding for autism research. It is up to individual funders and private foundations, such as ASF, to answer the call and fund this critical research.

The Autism Science Foundation funds research that helps us to understand the causes of autism and develop more effective treatments. We also fund projects that improve the dissemination of autism research which provide parents and other stakeholders with the latest developments in autism science.

ASF funds research in accordance with the federal Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee’s (IACC) Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder Research. This document is a blueprint for the most pressing research needs and opportunities in the field today. With this as our guidepost and with your support we are finding the answers to autism. Since its founding in 2009, ASF has funded just under three million dollars in autism research. Our funding levels have increased each year and we expect this trend to continue in 2020.

Our funding priorities have focused on developing the research workforce through investment in young investigators at levels of pre- and postdoctoral training, and early career awards that bridge the gap between post doctoral training and assistant professorship. All of the Autism Science Foundation postdoctoral fellows funded in 2010 and 2011 reported that the award was their first autism research grant, and more than 90% of the fellows reported that they planned to stay in the field of autism research. ASF’s awards do not cover tuition expenses or indirect expenses at the grantees’ university. All funds are used for autism research and training purposes.

We just don’t know where the perfect solution for autism will come from. We need advancements in a wide variety of sciences to fully understand the complexities of autism. Many studies go underfunded and uncompleted because the need is too great to fully meet. ASF is here to make sure that science is accomplished and answers are found.

We need your help to fund autism science, because there are just so many answers still to be discovered. Funding research today will not only help children, teens and adults with autism, but will create breakthroughs for the next generation that currently aren’t even imaginable. By making a donation today you will be funding the research that is finding solutions for people with autism. Together we can do amazing things.

Please view our funding calendar, and follow the links to the left to learn about our grant programs.