The Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research shares information about grant opportunities that may be of interest to our affiliates.  We are always happy to facilitate grant development and connect researchers interested in applying.  The following is a list of grant opportunities of which we are aware.  Feel free to contact us if you have further suggestions and we will be happy to post them here.



1. The NIH has reissued their R01 and R21 for "Reducing Health Disparities Among Minority and Underserved Children". The funding opportunity purpose is described as follows:

This initiative encourages research that targets the reduction of health disparities among children. Investing in early childhood development is essential. Specific targeted areas of research include bio-behavioral studies that incorporate multiple factors that influence child health disparities such as biological (e.g., genetics, cellular, organ systems), lifestyle factors, environmental (e.g., physical and family environments) social (e.g., peers), economic, institutional, and cultural and family influences; studies that target the specific health promotion needs of children with a known health condition and/or disability; and studies that test, evaluate, translate, and disseminate health promotion prevention and interventions conducted in traditional and non -traditional settings.


The open date (earliest submission date) for the R01 and R21 are May 5, 2017 and May 16, 2017 respectively.  The application dues dates follow the standard cycle dates as laid out here:



For more information, please follow the links to each announcement below:


R21:  PA-17-117


R01:  PA-17-118

2. Organization for Autism Research (OAR) Applied Research Competition


Through this competition, OAR intends to promote evidence-based practices delivered from research in the following areas:

 The analysis, evaluation, or comparison of current models of assessment, intervention, or systems of service delivery, including policy analysis

 Applied aspects of educational, behavioral, or social/communicative intervention

 Effective intervention across the lifespan for individuals considered to be severely impacted by autism

 Adult issues such as continuing education, employment, residential supports, sexuality instruction, quality-of-life determinants, and “later intervention”

 Issues related to family support, social and community integration, assessment and intervention with challenging behavior, and the use of technology in support of learners with ASD

OAR seeks to fund studies that expand the body of knowledge related to autism intervention and treatment, produce practical and clearly objective results, have the potential to impact public policy, and provide outcomes that offer to enhance quality of life for persons with autism and their families.  While applicants are always free to submit on any relevant area of research or intervention, this year, OAR is placing an emphasis on research that addresses the following targeted areas: augmentative and alternative communication, community-based intervention, behavioral economics, and effective staff training.  While there is no guarantee of funding, studies that cover these topics will receive additional scoring credit during the review process.  Studies may range from one to two years.



OAR will consider awarding up to 8 grant awards for $30,000 each. Pre-proposals are due by March 27, 2017. OAR will invite applicants to submit full proposals in June 2017, complete the final review in October 2017 and notify grant recipients in December 2017.  The application is available online at Due to the increasing number of applications OAR receives each year, compliance with all administrative requirements is essential. For a more detailed description of what is required in the pre-proposal, including character limits per section, please refer to the online application.
The detailed RFP can be found here: