"Research that helps families today"
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS – 2003
· Applied aspects of
early education, behavioral, or communication intervention
OAR seeks to fund studies that will likely produce practical and clearly objective results that may aid parents, families, caregivers, and people with autism to make more fully informed choices that will lead to healthier and happier lives.
OAR’s Scientific Council will evaluate the proposals it receives for scientific and technical merit. Review criteria for the evaluation include:
· Significance (Does the study
address an important problem? How will the study advance scientific knowledge
in the field?)
OAR’s Board of Directors will make grant awards based on these evaluations and the recommendations of the Scientific Council. OAR places special emphasis on studies that offer to produce outcomes that will be meaningful to the autism community and have potentially broad application to the practical challenges of autism.
Application, Screening and Review – April 1, 2003 to July 15, 2003
During this period OAR will receive and review pre-proposals prepared in accordance with the guidelines that follow. Interested researchers should submit pre-proposals by 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, June 15, 2003. Screening and review will begin immediately and will be completed by July 15, 2003. The objective of the pre-proposal process is to identify 12-15 proposed studies which best offer to meet the criteria described above.
Final Review – July 16, 2003 to November 30, 2003
Once the initial screening and review is complete, OAR will invite those Principal Investigators whose pre-proposals are selected for further review to submit full proposals. At the same time, OAR will notify all other applicants that their proposed study is not among those selected for final review. Full proposals will be due by September 15, 2003.
OAR’s Scientific Council will conduct the final review between September 16, 2003, and November 30, 2003.
I. Title. Self-explanatory
II. Background. Please include a brief analysis of relevant historical and contemporary knowledge and research related to the proposed topic. Demonstrate that your proposed research group has the experience and resources necessary to complete the study and accurately assess its outcomes.
III. Methodology. Please describe and justify the proposed research design and methodology you will use.
IV. Evaluation. Please explain what evaluation and assessment measures and qualitative and quantitative analyses you intend to use and provide your rationale.
V. Outcome Recommendations. Please provide an overview that is based on predicted results of your project. What meaningful outcomes or recommendations may result from the project?
VI. Biographical Information. Please include the CV of the principal investigator and main research team. At the minimum, please provide the names, titles, current positions, and information on relevant research experience of key members of the research team.
Please send an original and three copies of the pre-proposal to:
Organization for Autism Research