Graduate Research Grant Competition

Our Graduate Research Grant Competition offers grant awards of $1,000 for students conducting autism research as a requirement in pursuit of a master’s degree and $2,000 for students who are doctoral candidates or post-doctoral students. This competition is a one-step application and review process. The proposals are due in February annually. The RFP sets the specific due date. OAR announces its grant awards in May. International students and students outside the U.S. are eligible to apply.

Since 2004, we have awarded 171 grants totaling over $305,793 to graduate students in the U.S. and abroad.

We fund studies that will likely produce practical and clearly objective results that may aid parents, families, professionals, and people with autism to make more fully informed choices that will lead to healthier and happier lives. Note that these grants are for independent research studies only.

The application period is currently: CLOSED

Online Application
Important Dates

September 12, 2022 – Application Portal Opens

February 6, 2023, 11:59 PM ET – Proposals Due

May 2023 – Results Announced

July 1, 2023 – Grant Period Begins

Application Materials

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Learn more about the competition


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Studies Funded by OAR

We fund research that serve the immediate needs of the autism community. See our previously funded studies.
Research Projects

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