Autism Speaks: Suzanne and Bob Wright Trailblazer Award

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 Requirements


Further Information

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