The Governor's Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism

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Current Grant Initiatives

Governor’s Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism
  • NJ Autism Center of Excellence (NJ ACE) Clinical Research Grant Program

    The purpose of this grant program is to support clinical research projects capable of advancing the mission of the New Jersey Autism Center of Excellence (NJ ACE). The mission of the NJ ACE is to research, apply and advance best practices in the understanding, prevention, evaluation and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), enhancing the lives of individuals across their lifespans. The NJ ACE consists of (1) a Coordinating Center, (2) three Clinical Research Program Sites and (3) thirteen Clinical Research Pilot Projects. The NJ ACE Coordinating Center at Montclair State University’s Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health provides common management and support functions to unify the NJ ACE Program Site and Pilot Project grantees, increase efficiency and reduce costs. The grantees conduct clinical research projects with the potential to improve the physical and/or behavioral health and well-being of individuals with ASDs. The Governor’s Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism is particularly interested in projects with potential direct clinical impact. “News” at http://www.state.nj.us/health/autism/report.shtml provides details of each grant award including research topic and amount of funding.

    In addition to supporting research, treatment and prevention, the Department of Health works to connect families affected by autism to programs and services. For information about these services, please visit http://nj.gov/health/fhs/eis/index.shtml.


  • 2010-2013 Basic Science and Clinical Research Grant Program [pdf 9k]
    The Council awarded eleven two-year Basic Science and Clinical Research grants (2010-2012) for a total of $5M with no cost extensions for ten of the grantees through 2013. The grant program funded research primarily in the areas of genetics, fMRI/brain development, and neurobiology. Accomplishments of the grantees are impressive with significant progress in meeting or exceeding the goals of the projects as evidenced by publications in professional peer reviewed journals. Grantees have also received additional funding through federal agencies and foundations, another indication of the quality of their research.