QUESTIONS ABOUT APPLYING
While there are no eligibility requirements based on experience or degree, many of the finalists have doctoral degrees and previous experience conducting autism research.
International researchers are eligible to apply.
Applicants who are in transition between research institutions during the competition period but before the study period begins are still eligible to apply. In such cases, applicants must coordinate with the proper office of sponsored programs as needed, and briefly explain the pending status of IRB approval within the application.
Yes, you may submit more than one application per cycle. Multiple applications must be submitted through separate accounts via the online application system. Once the pre-proposals are submitted, please contact us to let us know. Your name must appear identically on both applications.
OAR funds pilot studies that range from 1-2 years. Grant awards are capped at $30,000 regardless of study duration.
OAR offers three lines of research funding, including the Applied Research Competition, Graduate Research Grants Program, and Partnership Competition.
Applied Research Competition – This is OAR’s most competitive competition available. The ideal applicant is an autism researcher. While there are no eligibility restrictions based on experience or degree, many of the finalists have doctoral degrees and previous experience conducting autism research. Winners receive $30,000 for pilot studies that are 1-2 years in duration and have the potential to impact autism families in a meaningful way.
Partnership Competition – OAR supports the grant development process for community-based agencies (e.g. schools, non-profit agencies, and service providers that directly serve the autism community) interested in participating in the Applied Research Competition but have limited experience conducting autism research. These agencies can apply to receive $5,000 to support the grant writing process and to partner with a researcher that demonstrates a history of successful grant writing. Recipients of the $5,000 Partnership Funds are expected to submit a full proposal for the opportunity to receive a $25,000 applied grant.
Graduate Research Grants Program – This competition is for graduate students conducting autism research in support of an advanced degree. Grant awards of $1,000 are offered to students for conducting autism research as a requirement in pursuit of a master’s degree and $2,000 for students who are doctoral candidates.
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE APPLICATION PROCESS
You are encouraged to create an account on our online WizeHive application system to preview the entire form. You will be able to see any specific instructions on formatting, content, and character limits for every section of the application.
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*Applies to round 1 preproposals only
A university or research center typically has an office called “Office of Research Sponsored Programs”, “Sponsored Projects Office”, or “Office of Research”. This office is responsible for managing grants materials: awards, paperwork, agreements, and budgeting for the organization. Depending on the type of research you conduct, you may be assigned a specific contact person from that office.
If your organization does not have a sponsored office, please identify the individual who will be responsible for processing grant materials and/or funds internally at your organization.
OAR is not authorized to give another individual direct access to your application account. In order to grant access to another human, you may change your password on WizeHive, then provide them your username and password. Each online application is limited to one login account only.
Round 1 (Pre-Proposals only): Log in to print your application. If you require the attachments, please contact us.
Round 2 (Full Proposals only): Once the form is submitted, you have the option of printing the full application and adding any additional attachments.
January 1 on the following year. Winners will receive award notifications by mid-December.
Please address the cover letter to “OAR’s Scientific Council” or “Applied Reviewer”. Either is acceptable.
Images, figures, tables, and diagrams will not appear in the text boxes.
Round 1 (Pre-Proposals only): You may present the data in paragraph form or reformat the text in a structured way within the text box that makes the information easier to read.
Round 2 (Full Proposals only): You may upload the data as an “additional attachment”.
Files and attachments cannot be accepted via email. All application materials and reviewer feedback will be collected through the online WizeHive application.
No. You may use the version linked in the online WizeHive application portal or a newer version if there is one available.
If you do not have an eRA user name, you may enter “N/A”.
Please contact Kimberly Ha, Research and Programs Director, at or 703-243-9762.
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