Services Research for Autism Spectrum Disorder across the Lifespan (ServASD): Research on Early Identification and Linkage to Services for ASD

Submission Date: October 22, 2013

Award Ceiling: TBD

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support research that develops and tests service system interventions that are broadly implementable and that rapidly engage young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in evidence-based treatment and services early in life. The goals of this FOA are to: develop a service system intervention that coordinates ASD identification, evaluation, and linkage to treatment and services for children with ASD within the first two years of life; test the feasibility and effectiveness of the intervention in engaging young children with ASD in care in multiple community settings; and empirically demonstrate the intervention's implement ability and generalizability to settings across the U.S. The ultimate goal is to transform the current ASD service system by designing an integrated set of strategies that are effective and engineered for rapid adoption and implementation on a broad scale. This FOA focuses on intervening to improve ASD service systems. It is not intended to support the development or adaptation of ASD screening tools, revalidation of assessment instruments for use under DSM-5 diagnostic criteria, nor the development or adaptation of interventions for children with ASD.

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