Eagles Autism Foundation contributes $4.1 million to fund 20 pilot studies and community projects

by 24USATVMarch 14, 2023, 2:20 p.m. 15
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In an effort to attract researchers to specialize in the field of autism, the two post-doctoral fellowship awards provide opportunities for young investigators in related disciplines to continue their work under the mentorship of experienced scientists in Philadelphia. Supporting these efforts at CHOP and Drexel University will create a pipeline for the future, while attracting talent to our city.

Pilot grants were considered for applicants who completed their doctoral or medical degrees and have a full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty appointment, or equivalent full-time non-tenure track appointment at an accredited academic, medical, or research institution. The community grants program promotes local services that enhance the lives of those affected by autism, expand the capacity of organizations to effectively serve the autism community, and increase services to individuals with autism.

The research proposals were assessed by Dr. Emanuel DiCicco-Bloom, the lead scientific advisor from the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and 17 nationally recognized researchers who were individually selected based on the areas represented in the research proposals. The following criteria were closely considered in weighing the merit of each application: significance, investigator(s), innovation, approach, and environment. All research proposals were evaluated for measurable outcomes and transformational impact in the field of autism.

The Eagles Autism Foundation is interested in all areas of basic, population, and clinical research and programs that are designed to elucidate the etiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of autism. The approved research projects spanned the range of building on current ongoing and effective programs to topics and approaches that were novel, exploratory, and innovative. The community grants were distributed to projects that proved to be evidence-based, were aligned with the Eagles Autism Foundation mission, and provided an immediate impact on the community.

To build on this incredible work and expand the impact, a $100,000 matching gift is being offered to Eagles Autism Challenge participants to help with their 2023 fundraising goals. The match has been made possible thanks to an anonymous Eagles Autism Foundation donor. Beginning on Tuesday, March 14 at 9:00 AM ET, the first $100,000 in online donations will be matched, dollar for dollar. There will be no limit on the amount contributed per donation.

"The funds we have been able to raise over the past six years, along with the life-changing resources provided to families in need, would not be possible without the support of so many people," said Ryan Hammond, Executive Director, Eagles Autism Foundation. "We are committed to fostering a world of compassion and acceptance so that individuals with autism can live their best lives. Our peer review panel, the generous donors who graciously support our mission every step of the way, and countless others have all played a pivotal role in our foundation's growth and ability to support the autism community around the world."

The sixth annual Eagles Autism Challenge presented by Lincoln Financial Group will take place on Saturday, May 20, 2023. For more information, or to register, visit EaglesAutismChallenge.org. New participants can use the promo code SPRING23 to receive a 50% discount at registration.

The Eagles Autism Foundation is dedicated to raising funds for innovative autism research and care programs. By providing the necessary resources to doctors and scientists at leading institutions, we will be able to assist those currently affected by autism, as well as future generations. The Foundation aims to inspire and engage the community, so together, we can provide much-needed support to make a lasting impact in the field of autism. Please visit EaglesAutismFoundation.org

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