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Deadlines & Opportunities

The UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART) and CTSI invite applications for grants to fund pilot and/or feasibility studies for biomedical, epidemiological, or behavioral research.

The purpose of these awards is to foster interactions and interdisciplinary research projects in the basic and clinical areas of autism. Preference will be given to projects that are likely to lead to successful future funding (by R01-type awards, etc). Proposals addressing the mechanism and treatment of autism are encouraged. Projects can also build upon the UCLA CART’s mission and current research activities. Descriptions of CART’s mission and research, including the previously funded pilot grants, are available at our UCLA CART website.

Funds are available to the UCLA academic community, faculty associated with UCLA CTSI institutional partners (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science and Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center), and UCLA affiliates (VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, and RAND), in any series (including adjunct and professional research) including new investigators, investigators from other fields willing to bring their research expertise to autism studies, and for investigators whose proposed research would constitute feasibility testing. Funds are not intended to supplement ongoing supported research of an established investigator. Only full-time faculty are eligible. Postdoctoral fellows are not eligible.  

For additional information on how to apply: 

CART Pilot Grant RFA

Please email the complete application as one PDF with the subject line: “CART/CTSI Pilot Grant,” on or before Friday, May 10, 2024, by 5 pm to the CART Director of Operations: Monica Belli Haley (