The Autism Speaks Trailblazer Award was designed to respond quickly to fund highly novel transformative projects.
The Trailblazer Award mechanism supports highly novel “out of the box” autism-relevant research that open new avenues to understanding the causes, diagnosis, subtyping, prevention, treatments, and cure of autism spectrum disorders.
The Trailblazer Award mechanism is designed to fund small investigator-initiated high risk/high impact projects that are potentially transformative, paradigm shifting, and/or will overcome significant roadblocks in autism research within a 12 month period.
Funding & Duration
Awards are limited to a period of 12 months and an amount up to $100,000 total, inclusive of 10% indirect costs. Funds must be used for research expenses and cannot be used for equipment, travel, meeting or publication costs. Training and mentoring-only applications are not appropriate for this funding program. Project completion must be achievable within 12 months
Investigators holding full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty appointments or equivalent full-time non-tenure track appointments at accredited academic, medical or research institutions are eligible to apply.
Applicants who do not meet the eligibility criteria (postdoctoral fellows, medical residents, clinical fellows, part-time faculty members) are eligible to apply only if the Letter of Intent section includes clear documentation from the applicant’s institution stating that appointment to a full-time faculty position will be in effect by the start date of the grant.
- Submission are on a continuous (rolling) basis.
- Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) using the Sponsor’s online grant system.
- Submitting Applications via the Research Branch