We are inviting applications from early career researchers for up to a total value of £100,000.

We are looking for future research leaders with their own innovative ideas and vision, between the third year of their PhD through to post-doc and the first year of a permanent academic position.  

Applications open Monday 16th April 2018

Grants may be requested for a minimum of six months to a maximum of four years.  Some examples of use of a grant include, but are not limited to:

  • Start-up costs for new lecturers.
  • Standard project grant costs.
  • Funding for the applicant’s salary (post-doc).
  • Commercialisation of research ideas.
  • Infrastructure or projects to enable data sharing or to support autism research in the UK.

How to apply and deadlines

We request grant outlines (Letters of Intent) via our new online application system

Please pay close attention to the guidance for applicants

  • Log on to our new online application system and follow the instructions to create an account
  • Complete the online application form - you can save your application and return to work on it at a later date
  • Submit your application no later than 11:59 PM local UK time on Monday 2 July 2018 

How to increase your chance of a successful application

Applicants should consider:

  • Pathway to a longer, happier, healthier life for autistic people and their families.
  • Feasibility shown through a clear plan, e.g. GANTT charts to clarify how a project would unfold.
  • Appropriate involvement of autistic people and families in the design and production of research.
  • Leverage: will this award leverage extra funding or capitalise on existing leverage? 


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 will be able to upload to our online application system.