Applied Research Competition

Funding Agency:
Organization for Autism Research

Since 2002, the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) has proudly contributed more than $4.7 million in research grants.  Through the Applied Research Competition, OAR seeks to promote evidence-based practices based on research 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 severely affected by ASD
  • Issues affecting adults with autism such as continuing education, employment, residential supports, sexuality instruction, quality-of-life determinants, and services and supports for older autistic individuals
  • 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 ASD


Deadline for Letter of Intent: March 18, 2024

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

OAR seeks to fund studies that expand the body of knowledge related to autism intervention and treatment, produce practical and clearly objective results, have the potential to positively affect public policy, and provide outcomes that offer to enhance quality of life for persons with autism and their families. While applicants are always free to submit on any relevant area of research or intervention, this year, OAR has placed special emphasis on research addressing the following areas:

  • Community-Engaged Research
  • Community-Based Assessment and Intervention
  • Community-Living and Supports
  • Gender, Reproductive, and Sexual Health
  • Physical Health and Mental Health
  • Improving Access to and Effectiveness of Existing Systems and Services
  • Intersectionality, Equity and Diversity
  • Mid-life and Older Adults

Studies may range from one to two years.  International researchers are eligible to apply.

Eligibility Requirements

  • International researchers are eligible to apply.
  • At least one member of the research team must hold a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree and maintain a faculty position or equivalent at a college, university, medical school, or other research facility.
  • 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, and briefly explain the pending status of IRB approval within the application.



Amount Description

With this year’s competition OAR will consider awarding up to 8 grant awards for $40,000 each. 

Funding Type





Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational
Social Sciences

External Deadline

March 18, 2024