We want to empower autistic people to lead their own research. This will help ensure research addresses the questions which are most important to autistic people. 

We are launching the Charles Sharland Grant Scheme for Autistic Researchers to help autistic people take their first step into autism research.

Funding available

Applicants can apply for £12,500 per autistic applicant.

This can go towards:

  • Masters of research tuition fees
  • Research costs (direct costs only)
  • Salary costs

Preference will be given to applicants who have no, or minimal, previous research experience (e.g. those not holding or undertaking a masters or PhD).

How does it work?

We are not yet accepting applications for grants - this will happen in mid May (stage 2). Currently we are recruiting researcher hosts (stage 1).

The process:

  1. Researchers register an interest to host an autistic researcher. They need to show experience of involving autistic people and have a suitable research background (PhD and permanent academic position). The deadline for registering is April 30, 2018. Eligible researchers will be selected.
  2. Once hosts are selected, autistic people can submit an expression of interest. They outline a research idea and identify preferred host researchers.  These applications are reviewed and up to 10 people are put through to the next stage.
  3. Autistic people and researchers are paired together and submit a joint application in August. 
  4. Up to 4 grants are awarded in September.

At each stage, applications will be reviewed by a group of autistic people and researchers.


This research is supported by businessman and autism philanthropist Charles Sharland.