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Grants and Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International Investigators, Doctoral Students, and MDs to Study CAPD


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Autism Speaks Research on Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD): Pilot Grant and Fellowship Funding

Autism Speaks and Royal Arch Research Assistance

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #199574

Grant Description

Grants of up to $60,000 and fellowships of $40,000 and $55,000 to USA, Canada, and International investigators, doctoral students, and early career MDs, and PhDs to study central auditory processing disorders. Applicants are required to submit an LOI prior to a full grant application. Funding is intended for research, treatments, and clinical approaches related to CAPD.

CAPD, also known as auditory processing disorder (APD), includes a range of conditions within the ear and brain that affect the way individuals process information that they hear. This RFA seeks proposals for research that will elucidate the relationship of auditory processes to neurobehavioral manifestations, the potential for treatments directed at auditory processes pathology to improve neurobehavior and the best clinical approaches to the evaluation and treatment of CAPD. Proposals should advance the clinical management of CAPD and associated neurobehavioral challenges by using one of the following methods:

  • Clinical assessment research
  • Clinical intervention research
  • Identifying pathophysiologic mechanisms that are amenable to clinical translation in the very near term

Note: Applications that include the availability of better treatments both for underlying pathology as well as co-existing conditions that decrease quality of life for those with autism will be of particular interest.

The pilot or fellowship proposals most likely to be funded under this RFA will exhibit the following qualities:

  • Be based on compelling scientific rationale, derived either from preclinical or preliminary clinical research;
  • Address the heterogeneity of etiology and presentation, either by restricting enrollment to specific, well-justified subgroups or through a scientific plan that identifies markers of stratification;
  • For interventional research, include examination of the mechanisms or mediators through which neurobehavioral effects are achieved;
  • Include a power analysis demonstrating a likelihood of producing statistically and clinically meaningful results. This should include sufficient reserve power for exploratory analyses (if included);
  • Have a proven capacity to enroll an adequately sized cohort of subjects in a timely manner. 

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility for Pilot Award:
Investigators holding full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty appointments or equivalent fulltime, non-tenure track appointments at accredited academic, medical or research institutions are eligible to apply for the pilot grant award.
- Applications will NOT be accepted from individuals or from proprietary organizations to support the research and development of products for profit.
- As Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator, all applicants are restricted to one submission per process. Multiple submissions will not be reviewed.

Eligibility for Fellowship Awards
Predoctoral Fellows: The candidate must possess the following qualifications:
- Be an enrolled student in a program leading to a research doctorate such as a Ph.D. or Sc.D., or a
combined degree such as an M.D./Ph.D., in an academic department of an accredited university or
health/medical institution
- Must have two or more years remaining in their program
- Must spend at least 80% of their professional time engaged exclusively in their Autism Speaks research-related activities for the duration of the award
- Cannot simultaneously hold another fellowship award during the support period
- International applications are encouraged

Postdoctoral Fellows: The candidate must possess the following qualifications:
- Hold an M.D., Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree
- Cannot have more than 5 years of postdoctoral experience at the commencement of the award
- Must spend at least 80% of their professional time engaged exclusively on the fellowship research
activities for the duration of the award
- May not simultaneously serve in an internship or residency, hold a tenure-track faculty appointment or hold another named fellowship award during the award period

Note: Postdoctoral training in the laboratory where the applicant received their graduate degree will not be reviewed.

Prior to application, each fellowship candidate must have identified a mentor for their fellowship. Mentors must possess the following qualifications:
- Have a Ph.D. and/or an M.D. or equivalent degree and be a scientific investigator with an academic
or research institutional appointment (tenured, tenure-track or equivalent position)
- Must be affiliated with a nonprofit research institution with a research mission and administrative
– Non-academic institutions must have tax-exempt status documented under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, or similar classification outside the United States
- The LOI must include a letter of commitment and the application must include a recommendation from the mentor as well as a jointly completed Individualized Development Plan (IDP)
- The mentor’s training experience should also be documented

Pre-Application Information:

Submission, Review & Notification Schedule (subject to change):
- RFA released: November 1, 2022
- Letter of Intent due: January 4, 2023, 8:00 p.m. ET
- LOI notifications sent: January 2023
- Application due: February 14, 2023, 8:00 p.m. ET
- Letters of recommendation due: February 7, 2023
- Peer review panels: Spring 2023
- Notifications: Early Summer 2023
- Earliest Grant start date: Fall 2023

Applicants will be notified by e-mail after the funding decision process is complete. All grant awards shall be posted on the Autism Speaks website.

Applications are strictly limited to one per pre/postdoctoral fellow or mentor per LOI/application process. This applies whether the mentor is primary or not. Multiple submissions will be returned.

Human subjects and vertebrate animal certifications must be documented with a copy of an official letter of approval (or equivalent for non-U.S. applicants) that identifies the principal investigator, project title and date of approval, and is signed by the review committee chair or equivalent responsible institutional/government official. Prior certification for another project cannot be substituted, but can be officially amended to include the proposed project (identified by project title).

Additional Funding Information:

Number of Grants:

Autism Speaks anticipates funding three awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Pilot grant: up to $60,000 US, inclusive of 10 percent indirect costs.
- Predoctoral fellowship: $40,000 US per year for two years ($25,000 US stipend + $15,000 US research allowance).
- Postdoctoral fellowship awards are limited to $55,000 US per year for two years (at least 50% Stipend).

Term of Contract:

Pilot grant awards are limited to one year.
Predoctoral and Postdoctoral fellowship awards are limited to two years.

Contact Information:


For inquiries, please contact:
Joan L. New, Research Grants Manager
Autism Speaks
1060 State Road, 2nd Floor
Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone: (609) 228-7313

Application Development:
Donna Murray PhD, Vice President, Clinical Programs:

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