We are excited to announce the launch of a new funding call to help us better understand autism and epilepsy.

People who are autistic and have epilepsy face some of the starkest inequalities in the world. We know that worldwide approximately 8.4 million people have both conditions. On average, they have poor quality of life, poor health and die early.

Autistica, Epilepsy Research UK and Young Epilepsy have created this collaborative grant and are now inviting applications for a value of up to £30,000 over six months to cover all aspects of the review.

We are inviting applications from world class researchers who will create a dossier outlining the scientific evidence and scale of the issue in human, social and economic terms. The project will highlight the gaps and barriers to progress to date, and strategic or collaborative action that can be taken to address this issue.

We wish to fund the creation of an evidence dossier focusing on:

  1. A literature review of globally published peer-reviewed papers that focus on both autism and epilepsy, from basic/fundamental science to applied, where appropriate.
  2. Synthesis of existing economic analysis of the cost of epilepsy in autistic people/extrapolation from existing sources if the evidence base is limited.
  3. Synthesis of all evidence to create a dossier that is accessible to a wide range of researchers, policymakers, funders and professionals.

How to apply and deadlines

  • Applicants should complete this form and return it via email to our Research & Grants Officer, Dr Cat Hughes: cat.hughes@autistica.org.uk
  • Proposals are due no later than 1st May 2020 at 11:59 PM local UK time. Autistica reserves the right to return without review any proposals found not to be in compliance with the policies, procedures, and research priorities outlined in the call for proposals.
  • Please pay close attention to the guidance for applicants.


Please read our full guidance for applicants.

The grant must be hosted at a UK institution although international collaborations are permitted.

Eligibility must be demonstrated with a letter from your institution which you should submit with the application form.