Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) -- Autism Research Program (ARP) -- Discovery Award

Funding Agency:
Department of Defense

The ARP Discovery Award mechanism is being offered for the first time in FY23.

The FY23 ARP Discovery Award supports innovative, non-incremental, high-risk/potentially high-reward research that will provide new insights, paradigms, technologies, or applications in autism research. Studies supported by this award are expected to lay the groundwork for future avenues of scientific investigation regarding an important question for autism research and/or the ASD community. The proposed research project should include a well-formulated, testable hypothesis based on a sound scientific rationale and logical reasoning. Preliminary data are not required but is allowed. The outcome of research supported by this award should be the generation of robust preliminary data that can be used as a foundation for future research projects and applications for funding.

he FY23 ARP Discovery Award seeks applications from all areas of research that will help fulfill the program’s vision to improve the lives of individuals with ASD now and in their future, as well its mission is to promote innovative research that advances the understanding of ASD and leads to improved outcomes.

Research funded by the FY23 ARP should be responsive to the needs of people with ASD, their families, and/or caregivers. Researchers are therefore encouraged to establish and utilize effective collaborations and partnerships with community members to maximize the translational and impact potential of the proposed research.

• Required Pre-Application Deadline:  June 29, 2023
• Application Submission Deadline: July 20, 2023

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Investigators at the level of postdoctoral fellow or clinical fellow (or equivalent) and above may be named by the organization as the PI on the application. An eligible PI, regardless of ethnicity, nationality, or citizenship status, must be employed by or affiliated with an eligible organization.



Amount Description

The anticipated direct costs budgeted for the entire period of performance for an FY23 ARP Discovery Award should not exceed $200,000. Refer to Section II.D.5, Funding Restrictions, for detailed funding information.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty
Medical Fellow/Resident
Post Doctoral Fellows


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

External Deadline

June 29, 2023