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Request for Applications: 2021 Pre- and Postdoctoral Training Awards & Medical Student Gap Year Research Training Awards

RFA To Be Released: August 2021
Applications Due: December 2021

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 should be scientifically linked to autism but may be broadened to include training in a closely related area of scientific research. Autism Science Foundation will consider 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, behavioral intervention, neuropathology, genetics and gene/environment interactions, 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 traditionally under-researched populations, medical comorbidities of autism, a genetically-defined subtype of autism, and studies of families with a high probability of receiving a diagnosis.

Additional questions about proposal submission, proposal content and review, or applicant eligibility should be addressed to Alycia Halladay, Chief Science Officer,  Autism Science Foundation. (

Click here to view 2020 RFA in full.