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

Current Grant Initiatives

In addition to supporting research and treatment of autism, the Department of Health assists families affected by autism through its Early Intervention Services program.

NJ Autism Center of Excellence

The New Jersey Autism Center of Excellence (NJACE) at Rutgers University partnered with the Children’s Specialized Hospital to create the NJACE funded by the Governor’s Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism (Council) in 2018. The work carried out at the NJACE supports the Council’s commitment to advance and disseminate the understanding, treatment, and management of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by (1) supporting and stimulating basic and clinical ASD research and (2) providing a statewide system of training and continuing education programs for health care professionals to improve the clinical care of children, adolescents and adults with ASD.

The NJACE is creating an innovative collaborative network across New Jersey using existing programs and leveraging the leadership’s extensive network to build and disseminate new innovative initiatives for research, education and service serving individuals with autism across their lifespans. Direct feedback from the New Jersey autism community through a Consumer Advisory Board is tailored to identify unmet needs in services and research.  A Professional Advisory Board will integrate researchers, biopharmaceutical companies and local businesses across New Jersey to open a dialogue with affected stakeholders. This exchange will promote new cutting-edge concepts useful to enrich education and diversify clinical care.

Clinical, Translational and Basic Science Research Grant Programs

The purpose of these programs, under the direction of the NJACE, is to research, apply and advance best practices in the understanding, prevention, evaluation and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The Governor’s Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism (Council) is particularly interested in projects with potential direct clinical impact. The Annual Reports provide details of each grant award including research topic and amount of funding.


Autism Health Needs Medical Homes Pilot Projects

The goal of the Autism Health Needs Medical Homes Pilot Projects, under the direction of the NJACE Children’s Specialized Hospital, is to improve the overall health outcomes of children with autism by improving the quality of and access to services for children and their families. The success of the projects is largely dependent upon the relationship established between the primary care provider, the child and the family. Input from the families/caregivers is essential in identifying the several types of pediatric clinicians to be involved in the project, from general pediatricians to pediatric subspecialty providers and other professionals providing diagnostic and/or treatment services for children with autism.

Last Reviewed: 2/11/2021