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.

• The National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) has issued the following funding opportunity announcement:  "NIMHD Specialized Centers of Excellence on Minority Health and Health Disparities (U54)".   The funding opportunity purpose is described as follows:

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications to establish NIMHD Centers of Excellence in eligible institutions of higher education. The purpose of this initiative is to advance the science of minority health and health disparities by conducting transdisciplinary, multi-level research in a defined thematic area and by providing research opportunities and support for post-doctoral fellows, junior faculty, and other investigators.

Open Date (Earliest Submission Date):  April 14, 2017

Letter of Intent Due Date:  April 14, 2017

Application Due Date:  May 15, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.  No late applications will be accepted for this Funding Opportunity Announcement. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.


For more information, please follow the link to the announcement here:


• 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



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 applications.

The detailed RFP can be found here:


2017 College of Science Dean's Discovery Fund

Dean Sally Morton has established the College of Science Dean's Discovery Fund (DDF) to catalyze important research advances and enable successful proposals for research funding. The fund is made possible by the Lay Nam Chang Dean's Chair endowed by the COS Roundtable.

The DDF is open to all COS faculty members. A DDF award is for a period of one year, with maximum amounts of $10,000 for an individual investigator and $20,000 for multiple investigators. A total of $50,000-$70,000 is available annually. While not required, cost-matching by departments is encouraged. Examples of appropriate requests include equipment, materials and supplies, GRA support for a summer or semester, key software, and travel critical to research activities (including bringing collaborators or potential collaborators to Blacksburg.) Faculty summer salary and conference travel are not generally appropriate.

Proposals are due 15 April, 2017 and awards will be announced by 1 May, 2017. Summer GRA funds will be made available by 15 May, 2017 and all other funds will be available by 15 July, 2017. Funds should be expended by 30 June, 2018.

Proposals should be in 12 pt font with a minimum of single line-spacing and should be a maximum of five pages (excluding references, and CVs) consisting of the following sections.

1. Introduction
     Overview of research area and what makes the planned work unique and important. (1-2 pages)

2. Request, Budget, and Impact
     How the funds will be spent and specific impacts it will have and/or expected research outcomes. Include itemized budget and, if
     appropriate, cost-matching.  (1-2 pages)

3. Scholarly Output and Planned Proposals
     Expectations of scholarly output (publications, presentations, etc.), plans for proposal submissions enabled by the DDF, and other longer-
     term impacts on research programs. (1-2 pages)

4. References

5. CVs of PI(s)

Proposals will be reviewed by a committee of five faculty members including the Associate Dean for Research and four COS faculty members selected on a rotating basis.

1) 1 August, 2018 - a 3-4 page overview of research results, scholarly output, and relevant proposals submitted. 2) 1 August, 2019 - a 1-2 page update focused primarily on scholarly output and proposals submitted/funded.


Submit proposals to Associate Dean for Research Randy Heflin as pdf by e-mail ( by 5 pm, 15 April, 2017.