AIR-P Scholars & Pilot and Feasibility Funding

December 20, 2021

The Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P) is currently in its second year of funding under the direction of UCLA and Project Investigator Dr. Alice Kuo!

AIR-P establishes and maintains an interdisciplinary, multicenter research network for scientific collaboration and infrastructure to increase the life expectancy and quality of life for autistic individuals. The mission of the AIR-P is to develop a robust research infrastructure that will foster measurable improvements in optimal physical health and well-being of autistic individuals and their families across the lifespan. 

The AIR-P supports innovative life course intervention research in six areas (Research Nodes):

  1. Primary Care Services and Quality
  2. Community-based Lifestyle Interventions
  3. Gender, Sexuality, and Reproductive Health
  4. Health Systems and Services
  5. Neurology
  6. Genetics

A few of our highlighted accomplishments and activities over the past 15 months include:

  • On October 8, AIR-P and the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) released RFP for Community Grant funding opportunity – accepting applications through April 2022
  • Our first AIR-P supplement was accepted by Pediatrics for publication in April 2022, during Autism Acceptance month
  • We have formed the following Subcommittees comprised of our Collaborating Research Entities (CREs):
    • Database: Provides feedback and guidance on the AIR-P Infrastructure for Collaborative Research (ICR) features and content to help shape its development
    • LEND Collaboration: Explores and develops collaborative research projects across CREs with LENDs
    • Supplement: Reviews proposals submitted for inclusion in the annual AIR-P supplement published in Pediatrics and other journals
    • Research Day Planning: Assists in the development of the agenda for biannual Research Days
    • Scholars Program: Reviews proposals submitted for the annual AIR-P Scholars Program & Pilot and Feasibility Funding programs and assists in further developing the programs to provide mentorship and funding to early career researchers
  • As a network, we have published over 30 peer-reviewed publications and over 50 dissemination activities*

*Includes conference presentations, workshops, webinars, community dissemination products, blogs, web postings, videos, infographics, lay summaries of research publications


The RFP for the third round of the AIR-P Scholars & Pilot and Feasibility Funding program will be released in February 2022. Early and mid-career autism researchers are invited to apply!

AIR-P will be hosting its first in-person Research Day on August 10, 2022 as part of the Autism CARES 2022 conference in Washington, DC. Stay tuned for more details!

In collaboration with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), we hold monthly webinars showcasing our work and current research. Previous webinar recordings can be found here.

Upcoming webinars:

  • January 18, 2022 4-5pm EST/1-2pm PST: AIR-P Presents: Bolstering Autistic College Students' Mental Health and Wellness - presented by Dr. Brett Nachman


  • February 15, 2022 4-5pm EST/1-2pm PST: Presentation by Dr. Kristen Gillespie-Lynch, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the College of Staten Island and the Graduate Center
  • March 15, 2022 4-5pm EST/1-2pm PST: Presentation by Dr. Rujuta Wilson, behavioral child neurologist at UCLA and AIR-P Neurology Node leader