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Pilot Grants

Since 2020, the UNC Autism Research Center has provided pilot grant funding for interdisciplinary autism research at UNC-Chapel Hill. To stimulate multidisciplinary collaborations and incentivize faculty to generate pilot data for use in grants to the NIH and other external agencies, the Center has awarded several interdisciplinary research grants. This is an archive of the grants funded by the UNC Autism Research Center.

FALL 2020

Damaris Lorenzo, Ph.D., and Toshihide Hige, Ph.D.: Understanding the synaptic pathways of pathogenic variants in novel ASD gene SPTBN1. (This $50K grant was co-funded  by the UNC Autism Research Center and the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute)

SPRING 2021

Rebecca Grzadzinski, Ph.D., and Jose Rodriguez-Romaguera, Ph.D.: Elucidating the Neurocircuitry of Atypical Social Arousal in ASD. (This $50K grant was co-funded by the UNC Autism Research Center, the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute, and the UNC Neuroscience Center)

Jessica Girault, Ph.D., and Jason Stein, Ph.D.: Determining the role of neural progenitor proliferation in explaining interindividual differences in autism-related behaviors. (This $50K grant was co-funded by the UNC Autism Research Center, the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute, and the UNC Neuroscience Center)