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Autism Science Foundation Inviting Applications for Pre- and Postdoctoral Training Awards

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Author: Autism Science Foundation (ASF) | Category: Opportunities | August 29, 2018

The Autism Science Foundation (ASF) issued a call for applications for their Pre- and Postdoctoral Training Awards and Medical Student Gap Year Research Training Awards. The call is open to emerging researchers anywhere in the world interested in pursuing careers in basic or clinical research on autism spectrum disorder.

According to the call, “ASF is also very interested in studies that utilize a genetically defined subtype of autism,” which makes this a good opportunity for early-career TSC researchers. More information about the program is available on the ASF website. There will be an informational conference call at 12 pm Eastern on Friday, September 8. All applications are due Friday, December 1.

The proposed training should be scientifically linked to autism but may be broadened to include training in a closely related area of scientific research. Autism Science Foundation will consider all areas of related basic and clinical research including but not limited to: human behavior across the lifespan (language, learning, behavior, communication, social function, motor skills & planning, epilepsy, sleep, repetitive disorders), neurobiology (anatomy, development, neuroimaging), pharmacology, behavioral intervention, neuropathology, genetics and gene/environment interactions, epigenetics, genomics, epigenomics, immunology, molecular and cellular mechanisms, studies employing model organisms and systems, and studies of treatment and service delivery.

Special consideration will be given to projects focusing on traditionally under-researched populations, medical comorbidities of autism, a genetically-defined subtype of autism, and studies of families with a high probability of receiving a diagnosis.

The Autism Science Foundation will hold an informational webinar regarding the predoctoral, postdoctoral, and medical school fellowship RFA on Wednesday, September 12th at 12:00 pm EST. The webinar will outline best practices for completing the application. Participation in the webinar is NOT required for application.

Applications are due December 3, 2018 5:00 pm EST. Award notifications will be made in April 2019. Awards must be started between July 1, 2019 and September 15, 2019.

Additional questions about proposal submission, proposal content and review, or applicant eligibility should be addressed to Casey Gold, Director of Operations, Autism Science Foundation. (

Click here to view 2019 RFA in full.

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