Today NIH provided more details on the way the $60 million dollars of federal recovery funds will be awarded to autism researchers. The funds will be awarded and used within two years:

As with all Recovery Act funds, NIH is required to obligate the $60 million within two years. Answering this mandate will entail a highly streamlined process for reviewing grant applications and allocating funds by Sept. 30, 2010.

This means that the funds will used to finance studies addressing specific short term objectives. To determine the type of studies that will be funded, NIH will evaluate the research proposals based, among other factors, on how they meet short-term research objectives created by the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee’s (IACC’s) Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder Research. A description of these objectives can be found here.

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