Archived | Autism Speaks: Open Grants and How to Apply | Circa 2007 #AutisticHistory #NotAnAutisticAlly

Apply Online: 

All proposals must be submitted online via Autism Speaks grants administration site ( Through its various user-friendly features, applicants and corresponding host institutions can also monitor the status of their applications and interact with the Autism Speaks grant administration staff. For more details and instructions, please see the links below, as well as the Research and Fellowship Awards FAQ and Online Grant Administration System Help.

Electronic submissions are mandatory. No paper or e-mailed applications will be accepted for upload. For any related inquiries, please contact us at:

Autism Speaks, Princeton Office
Attn: Susan B. Kravitz, MA Paralegal
Autism Speaks Grants Administration
1060 State Road – 2nd Floor
Princeton, NJ 08540

Phone: (609) 228-7310, ext. 7323 | Fax: (609) 430-9163 |
Funding Timetable:

Award TypeAward AmountSubmission DeadlinesReview MeetingsNotification Dates**

Basic/ClinicalUp to $150K/yr, 3 yrs max
– Cycle 107/13/0711/16/0702/0806/08
– Cycle 211/02/0703/03/0805/0806/08
Pilot StudyUp to $60K/yr, 2 yrs max
– Cycle 107/13/0711/16/0702/0806/08
– Cycle 211/02/0703/03/0805/0806/08

Augmentation & Bridge
– Individual Investigators$50K, 1 yr onlyNA07/02/0709/0712/21/07
– Two Investigators$100K, 1 yr onlyNA07/02/0709/0712/21/07
– Three or More Investigators$200K, 1 yr onlyNA07/02/0709/0712/21/07

Opportunity & Bridge
– New Investigator OpportunityUp to $150K/yr, 3 yrs maxNA03/15, 07/15, 11/15Apr, Aug, Dec12/21/07
– Established Investigator BridgeUp to $100K, 1 yr onlyNA03/15, 07/15, 11/15Apr, Aug, Dec12/21/07
Physician/ Investigator Beginning Autism Research (PIBAR)Up to $100K/yr, 3 yrs max04/02/0706/21/0710/11/0712/21/07


Complementary/ Alternative Medicine
– Pilot StudyUp to $100K/yr, 2 yrs max09/28/0702/15/0804/0806/08
– Research AwardUp to $150K/yr, 3 yrs max09/28/0702/15/0804/0806/08

(PDF below)
– Two SitesUp to $200K/yr, 3 yrs max09/28/0702/15/0804/0806/08
– Three SitesUp to $300K/yr, 3 yrs max09/28/0702/15/0804/0806/08
– Four+ SitesUp to $400K/yr, 3 yrs max09/28/0702/15/0804/0806/08

Special Intervention
(PDF Below)
– Pilot StudyUp to $100K/yr, 2 yrs max09/28/0702/15/0804/0806/08
– Research AwardUp to $150K/yr, 3 yrs max09/28/0702/15/0804/0806/08

Pre-DoctoralUp to $26K/yr, 2 yrs max03/23/0706/21/0710/09/0712/21/07
Post-DoctoralUp to $55K/yr, 2 yrs max03/23/0706/21/0710/09/0712/21/07

Innovative Technology for Autism (ITA)

(PDF available after this table. )

Up to $50K/yr, 2 yrs max06/29/0709/17/0710/29/0712/21/07
Autism Treatment Network (ATN)$140K/yr, 3 yrs max03/30/0707/16/0710/12/0712/21/07

** Award funding is granted upon execution of the Grants Agreement. To view Autism Speaks’ Terms and Conditions, click here.

Clinical & Pharmological

Special Intervention

Innovative Technology for Autism (ITA)

For more details on these research announcements, look below.

General Research:

Basic-Clinical Research 2007-2008 Cycle 1 

Basic-Clinical Research 2007-2008 Cycle 2 (PDF)

Pilot Study 2007-2008 Cycle 1 (PDF)

Pilot Study 2007-2008 Cycle 2 

Research Award: Augmentation and Bridge (PDF)

Opportunity and Bridge (PDF)

Research Award: Physician’s Investigator/Beg. Autism Research (PIBAR) (PDF)

Treatment Research:

Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Treating ASD (PDF)

Pharmacological Treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorders (PDF)

Special Interventions in Autism Spectrum Disorders (PDF)

Mentor-Based Fellowships: 

Fellowship Award: Pre and Post Doctoral Mentor-based Fellowship

Specialized: Innovative Technology Award (PDF)

Requirements and guidelines for the letter of intent and full proposal will be available when you log in to the GRANTS ADMINISTRATION SYSTEM.

Announcements (expanded from above):

New Autism Speaks Family Services Grants Program Announced 

The Autism Speaks Family Services Committee has established Family Service Community Grants in order to promote services that will enhance the lives of those affected by autism spectrum disorders. Recognizing that there are multiple needs in this expansive and varied community, the focus of these grants will be on proposals that serve to build the field of services for individuals with autism and expand the capacity to effectively serve this growing community. Learn more about the Family Services Grants here.

New Autism Speaks Travel Award Available 

Investigators engaged in autism research or training can apply to Autism Speaks for an award to support travel to an approved professional meeting principally for the purpose of presenting original research results. Travel awards will be made primarily on the basis of need. 

New Autism Treatment Network ‘Request for Applications’ Announced

Cure Autism Now and Autism Speaks are now requesting applications for participation in the Autism Treatment Network. The ATN is a network of treatment and research centers dedicated to improving medical care for children and adolescents with autism. The request solicits letters of intent for the Centers for Research and Treatment component of the ATN. To view the RFA, click here. To learn more about the ATN, visit the Autism Treatment Network site.


Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid. 

ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.

The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t workIn study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work. 

What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.

The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth. 

The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome. 

This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.

Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.

Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.

Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.

[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]

Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.

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