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OAR is currently accepting applications for its Applied Research Competition. Since 2002, OAR has funded 104 applied research studies totaling more than $3.3 million. OAR hopes to build on this success in 2018, continuing its support of research studies that offer meaningful outcomes to individuals with autism and their families.


OAR invites researchers to submit research preproposals for its 17th annual Applied Research Competition. International researchers are eligible to apply. The maximum award is $30,000 for pilot studies beginning in 2019 and lasting one to two years.

Interested researchers may apply online starting December 1. Interested applicants should first review the 2018 request for proposals, as well as OAR’s funding guidelines. OAR funds studies that will likely produce practical and clearly objective results that can help parents, families, professionals, and people with autism make more fully informed choices, leading to healthier and happier lives. While applicants are always free to submit proposals on any relevant area of research or intervention, this year OAR is placing an emphasis on research that addresses the following targeted areas:

  • Healthcare transition
  • Generalization of technology-based intervention
  • Community-based intervention
  • Residential services and supports
  • Literacy
  • Sexuality Education

Preproposals will be accepted through Monday, March 26, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST. OAR will invite a select number of applicants to submit full proposals in June. Grant recipients will be announced in early December 2018, and studies will begin as early as January 1, 2019.

OAR will promote evidence-based practices delivered 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 autism spectrum disorders

For more information about the Applied Research Competition, please contact OAR at  or call 703-243-9762.

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