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Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC)
Autism Research Database
Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC)

The Autism Research Database


The IACC/OARC Autism Research Database is an online companion database to the 2008 - 2015 Autism Spectrum Disorder Research Portfolio Analysis Reports. The Portfolio Analyses are produced on behalf of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) to better inform the IACC and interested stakeholders about the funding landscape and current directions for ASD research.

How to Use the Database

Each research project in the Portfolio Analysis Reports (2008 - 2015) are accessible within this online database. This data includes the project title, principal investigator, annual funding amount, IACC Strategic Plan Question and Objective codes, and project descriptions.

Select funding year – To begin, first select the year of data that you would like to view by using the drop-down box in the top left corner of the page.

Sort function – Clicking at the top of a column of data will sort all associated projects by the entry in that column. For example, clicking on the "Title" column will sort all of the projects alphabetically by their titles.

Export function – All project lists can be exported to a PDF document or an Excel spreadsheet by clicking on the appropriate option at the bottom of the page.

Search function – Using keywords, the database can also be used to identify research on a particular topic. For example a search of the term "environment" will return all projects with that word somewhere within a project's database entry.

The more relevant the project, the higher up it is on the list that the search returns. In addition to being able to search on a particular keyword, "shortcuts" for Funders, Strategic Plan Questions, and Objectives may be entered into the keyword box to obtain the desired result. For example, 'nih' AND 'q1sa' will yield "National Institutes of Health" and "Strategic Plan Objective: Question 1 Short-term Objective A" projects. The keyword shortcuts for the funder name and Strategic Plan Objective are derived from their acronym name.

The search function supports OR, AND, and NOT as boolean operators.

Unless another operator is specified, the default operator will always be OR. This means that if there is no Boolean operator between two terms, the OR operator is used. The OR operator links two terms and finds a matching project if either of the terms exist in a project.

Example: To search for documents that contain either "diagnostic scale" or just "symptom" use the query: "diagnostic scale" symptom (where the OR will be the default operator) or "diagnostic scale" OR symptom

The AND operator matches projects where both terms exist anywhere in the text of a single project.

Example: To search for projects that contain "children" and "diagnosis" use the query: children AND diagnosis

The NOT operator excludes projects that contain the term after NOT. To search for projects that contain "children" but not "nonverbal" use the query: "children NOT nonverbal" Note: The NOT operator cannot be used with just one term. For example, the following search will return no results: NOT "children"

Browse by category – Using the tabs, the database can be browsed by Funders, Federal vs. Private Funding, Strategic Plan Questions, Multiyear Funding, Objectives, Subcategories, and Location.

Within a row, clicking on a project's title will present you with all information associated with that particular project, including details that are not included within the main table, such as "Project Description." Additionally, clicking on a specific Objective will lead to a new table which lists all projects for that particular objective.

Copyright Information

All material appearing in the Autism Research Database is in the public domain and may be reproduced, copied or used in presentations and publications. A suggested citation follows.

Suggested Citation

IACC/OARC Autism Research Database. Office of Autism Research Coordination, National Institute of Mental Health. 2016. Retrieved from the Department of Health and Human Services Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee website on [date of retrieval]:

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