Federal ASD Research Funding Trends Upward Despite fluctuating levels over the past several years, federal funding for autism research ultimately is on the rise, according to a new report. Federal dollars for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) research grew 45 percent from 2008 to 2012, reaching $245 million for the 2012 fiscal year, says the federal Government ... News in Brief
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Federal ASD Research Funding Trends Upward
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News in Brief   |   October 01, 2015
Federal ASD Research Funding Trends Upward
The ASHA Leader, October 2015, Vol. 20, 12. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB3.20102015.12
The ASHA Leader, October 2015, Vol. 20, 12. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB3.20102015.12
Despite fluctuating levels over the past several years, federal funding for autism research ultimately is on the rise, according to a new report.
Federal dollars for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) research grew 45 percent from 2008 to 2012, reaching $245 million for the 2012 fiscal year, says the federal Government Accountability Office.
The increase came, in part, from the recession-era American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This stimulus effort boosted ASD research spending to more than $288 million in 2010 before funding was scaled back.
The nearly $1.2 billion in funding for ASD research between 2008 and 2012 came from 11 federal agencies, with the vast majority from the National Institutes of Health.
Most of the support went to biological research, followed by examinations of treatments and interventions, causes, diagnosis, infrastructure, and surveillance. Services and lifespan issues received the least amount of funds.
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