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Funding News - Applications for Autism Centers of Excellence Requested

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The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) request applications for developmental grants for autism centers of excellence.

The objective of this request for applications (RFA) is to support early and mid-stage development of interdisciplinary teams of investigators focused on basic and clinical issues related to autism.

This RFA is intended to increase the number and quality of teams and/or sites fully prepared to organize the scientific resources and infrastructure necessary to generate outstanding applications for Centers of Excellence for Autism Research. Support from this RFA will give the teams an opportunity to define common goals and objectives, prove the feasibility of their working as cohesive, interactive research teams, and aid in the acquisition of resources, equipment, or administrative support needed to operate interdisciplinary centers. This type of multidisciplinary, multi-faceted research is important for better understanding the etiology, pathophysiology, and treatment of autism.


For more information, potential applicants should contact Dr. Deborah Hirtz, Program Director, Neurogenetics Cluster, NINDS, Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 2212, Bethesda, MD 20892; telephone: (301) 496-5821; fax: (301) 480-1080; email:

For a more detailed description of this RFA, please visit the NIH web site at: