Autism Transitions Research Project (ATRP)

Funding Agency:
Health Resources and Services Administration


This announcement solicits applications for the Autism Transitions Research Project (ATRP). The ATRP supports the implementation and completion of programmatic research studies that examine factors associated with healthy life transitions among adolescents and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who are transitioning to adulthood in order to:

  • Advance the evidence base available to researchers, providers, policy makers, educators, adolescents and young adults with ASD and their families, and the public regarding factors associated with healthy life (physical, social, mental health, and educational/occupational) outcomes among this population;
  • Address the critical need that exists for ASD transitions research that targets the social environment and not just the individual; and
  • Provide national leadership and education in research on healthy transitions to adulthood for this population. 

NOTE: Multiple applications from an organization are not allowable. 

  • Duke Internal Deadline: Jan. 11, 2017
  • Sponsor Deadline: Feb. 13, 2017

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

Applicants are encouraged to consider research topics of interest to HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), including but not limited to proposed studies that:

  • Harness existing national sources of data to provide benchmark indicators on life outcomes and risk factors among youth and young adults with ASD in the U.S., including information on basic demographic characteristics specific to this population;
  • Use primary and secondary data collection methods and statistical techniques to identify service models and interventions that show efficacy in promoting healthy life outcomes among transitioning adolescents and young adults with ASD;
  • Improve the current understanding of what constitutes healthy life outcomes for transitioning youth with ASD through the collection and analysis of both primary and secondary data;
  • Use primary and secondary data to develop measurement tools designed to improve our understanding of life outcomes among adolescents and young adults with ASD;
  • Help develop and test service models and interventions that promote healthy outcomes through engaging multiple levels of the social environment (e.g., family, peer, and community supports) that influence outcomes among this population;
  • Help set the direction of future national research on this topic by identifying gaps that currently exist in the understanding of life outcomes, service needs and access, and service program models for transitioning adolescents and young adults with ASD;
  • Identify barriers that limit access to and efficacy of services for transitioning adolescents and young adults with ASD; and
  • Promote greater national and public awareness of factors associated with healthy outcomes for this population by providing leadership in the dissemination of findings from ATRP research. 

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants include any public or private entity, including research centers or networks. Faith-based and community-based organizations, Tribes, and tribal organizations are eligible to apply.



Amount Description

Approximately $500,000 is expected to be available annually to fund one (1) recipient. You may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $500,000 total costs per year. The actual amount available will not be determined until enactment of the final FY 2017 federal budget. This program announcement is subject to the appropriation of funds, and is a contingency action taken to ensure that, should funds become available for this purpose, applications can be processed, and funds can be awarded in a timely manner. The project period is September 1, 2017 through August 31, 2022 (five (5) years).

Funding Type





Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

* A letter of support from dean or chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
* Project summary - 2 to 4 pages
* CV or Biosketch of project leader

Applicants will need to submit internal materials through My Research Proposal.(Code ILN)

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here: Instructions_FINAL.pdf

Internal Deadline

January 11, 2017

External Deadline

February 13, 2017