Applied Research Competition

The annual Applied Research Competition is the most competitive line of funding we offer. Researchers can apply for 1-2 year grants of up to $40,000. Since 2002, we have proudly contributed more than $4 million in grants to support over 200 autism pilot studies.

Our Scientific Council, augmented by highly qualified professionals from the autism community, select and fund the most promising research proposals through three rounds of review: pre-proposals, full proposals, and final selection. Our Board of Directors approves all grant awards based on the recommendations of the Scientific Council and established research priorities.

The open application period is currently: CLOSED

Due to disruptions caused by COVID-19, the application deadline has been extended to March 30, 2020 at 11:59 PM ET.

Online Application

Important Dates

December 3, 2019
Application period opens

EXTENDED: March 30, 2020, 11:59 PM ET
Pre-proposal applications due

Mid-June 2020
Second round begins (by invitation only)

August 14, 2020, 11:59 PM ET (Updated)
Full proposal applications due

Early December, 2020
Winners announced

January 1, 2021
Grant period begins

Application Materials

resume-application-graphic-iconRequest for Proposals

Read about the competition process, timeline, and requirements.


Budget Guidelines

What are considered eligible expenses?

school-raisinghand-question-ask-listen-graphic-iconWEBINAR AND FAQ

Get application tips, guidance, and answers to your frequently asked questions.


Studies Funded by OAR

We support research that serves the immediate needs of the autism community.
Research Projects

question-icon2Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact Kimberly Ha,
Research and Programs Director via email or phone.