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Portfolio Analysis Report

IACC Autism Spectrum Disorder Research


Figure that illustrates levels of autism research funding from combined Federal and private sources during 2008-2013

ASD Research Funders and Funding in 2014 and 2015

Nine Federal agencies and nine private funders provided their autism funding data for this analysis. These 18 agencies and organizations are listed in Table 1. The New England Center for Children (NECC) submitted ASD research funding data to the IACC Portfolio Analysis for the first time this year. Brief summaries of the mission areas and portfolios of NECC and other funding agencies and organizations that contributed to the 2014-2015 Portfolio Analysis can be found in Appendix A of this report. Read more.

Figure showing Federal and private funding was provided for each Strategic Plan question area in 2013

ASD Research Areas and Progress in 2014 and 2015

To better understand what areas of research were funded in 2014 and 2015, projects were aligned with the corresponding questions in the 2011 IACC Strategic Plan. Figure 9 and Figure 10 illustrate the breakdown of the research funding per each of the Strategic Plan’s seven questions, which are related to Screening and Diagnosis (Q1), Biology (Q2), Risk Factors (Q3), Treatments and Interventions (Q4), Services (Q5), Lifespan Issues (Q6), and Infrastructure and Surveillance (Q7). Read more.

Word cloud representing themes in Question 2 project titles.

Analysis of Progress Toward IACC Strategic Plan Objectives by Research Area

Question 1 of the IACC Strategic Plan (“When should I be concerned?”) pertains to the issues surrounding screening for and diagnosis of ASD, with a focus on early identification of children showing signs of ASD so that they have the opportunity to receive interventions and supports that will lead to improved outcomes. The objectives within this chapter of the Strategic Plan include research to develop biomarkers, screening tools, and diagnostic instruments to aid in early identification. Read more.

A map of the U.S. and Canada displaying the distribution of autism-related research projects funded by Federal agencies and private organizations.

Summary and Conclusion

The 2014-2015 IACC ASD Research Portfolio Analysis Report represents the eighth year of data collected and the sixth comprehensive report of U.S. ASD research funding across both the Federal and private sectors; it will also be the last analysis to measure research progress against the objectives from the 2011 IACC Strategic Plan. Future portfolio analyses will monitor new objectives created in the 2016-2017 IACC Strategic Plan. Read more.

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