Apply for a COVID-19 Research Grant

Request for Applications:  2020 COVID-19 RESEARCH GRANT (1st Round)

RFA Released: September 8, 2020
Applications Due: October 30, 2020
 5:00 PM EST
Notification of Awards: December 2020

The Autism Science Foundation announces a new mechanism meant to allow researchers to take advantage of the pandemic to better understand the effects of social distancing on families with ASD.

COVID-19 Research funding is available to support some or all of the costs of enhancing or expanding a current line of research to answer a question relating to the effects of the pandemic on families with ASD. These can include, but are not limited to studying the effectiveness of telehealth approaches, understanding short or long-term outcomes as a result of social distancing, new scientific approaches to understanding the effects of COVID-19 in animal or cellular models of ASD, as well as specific interventions meant to deal with pandemic-related mental health issues in siblings or other family members. We realize that the funding cannot support the development of a project from scratch, therefore, the funding should be considered as supplementation of an existing project.

This mechanism is limited to scientists early in their career with an established university or research institution affiliation. Early career investigators are defined by ASF as those from pre-doctoral training to up to 7 years after completion of a postdoctoral fellowship or following medical training including the internship and fellowship. Pre and post-doctoral fellows are required to ensure that a letter of support is sent to ASF from
their mentor or PI on the existing grant.


The Autism Science Foundation will make a number of Awards determined by its available financial resources. The term of the award cannot exceed the IRB approval period or the changes approved by the IRB for the alterations to the research plan. Grants of up to $3000 are available for a 6 month term. Because this is a fast turnaround mechanism, the initial project must have prior IRB approval, if applicable. An IRB letter should be included in the application. Changes to animal care protocols must be approved by the appropriate review boards at your research institution. If you have applied for IRB approval but have not received it yet, you are not eligible at this time. No portion of these funds shall be used to cover indirect
university costs.

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