Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support


This Program supports activities to:
•provide information and education on autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (DD) to increase public awareness;
•promote research into the development and validation of reliable screening tools and interventions for autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities and disseminate information;
•promote early screening of individuals at higher risk for autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities as early as practicable, given evidence-based screening techniques and interventions;
•increase the number of professionals who are able to confirm or rule out a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities; and
•increase the number of professionals able to provide evidence-based interventions for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or other developmental disabilities.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Health Resources and Services Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Public Health Service Act - Section 399BB Programs under the Combating Autism Act of 2006 as amended by the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011 (P.L. 112–32) and the Autism CARES Act of 2014 (P.L. 113–157).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
For training grants: (1) Trainees in the health professions related to MCH; and (2) mothers and children who receive services through training programs. For research grants: eligible applicants include any public or private nonprofit entity, including research centers or networks. Faith-based and community-based organizations, Tribes, and tribal organizations are eligible to apply. Any public or private entity is eligible for other project grants.
Beneficiary Eligibility
For training grants: (1) Trainees in the health professions related to MCH; and (2) mothers and children who receive services through training programs. For research grants: public or private nonprofit agencies and organizations engaged in research in MCH or children with special health care needs programs. For other projects: (1) Public or private agencies, organizations and institutions; and (2) mothers and children, and persons who receive services through the programs.
Applicants should review the individual HRSA funding opportunity announcement issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted prior to or simultaneous with submission of an application package. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program.
Award Procedure
Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Award.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 3 to 6 months.
Not Applicable.
After initial award, projects may be renewed annually up to the limit of the project period upon the submission and approval of a satisfactory continuation application.
How are proposals selected?
General criteria are described in Program Regulations 45 CFR 51, and specific criteria are included in the program guidance materials provided with application kits. Contact Central Office for details.
How may assistance be used?
Training grants are made to institutions of higher learning for training personnel for health care and related services for mothers and children. Research grants are for the purpose of research activities which show promise of a substantial contribution to the advancement of maternal and child health services. Other project grants are designed to support activities of a demonstration nature which are designed to improve services for mothers and children. Indirect costs that are allowed for administrative costs incurred as a result of the training grants project, are limited to 8 percent of direct costs. Student support through stipends, tuition, and fees is not eligible for support.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Annual program reports, annual program service reports, and special reports as required. Cash reports are not applicable. The awardee will be required to submit performance and progress reports as well as status-federal financial reports (see the program announcement and notice of award for details for each required report). The awardee must submit a quarterly electronic Federal Financial Report (FFR) Cash Transaction Report via the Payment Management System within 30 days of the end of each calendar quarter. A Federal Financial Report (SF-425) according to the following schedule: A final report is due within 90 days after the project period ends. If applicable, the awardee must submit a Tangible Personal Property Report (SF-428) and any related forms within 90 days after the project period ends. New awards (“Type 1”) issued under this funding opportunity announcement are subject to the reporting requirements of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) of 2006 (Pub. L. 109–282), as amended by section 6202 of Public Law 110–252, and implemented by 2 CFR Part 170. Grant and cooperative agreement recipients must report information for each first-tier subaward of $25,000 or more in federal funds and executive total compensation for the recipient’s and subrecipient’s five most highly compensated executives as outlined in Appendix A to 2 CFR Part 170 (FFATA details are available online at Competing continuation awardees, etc. may be subject to this requirement and will be so notified in the Notice of Award. Expenditure reports are not applicable. See the funding opportunity announcement and notice of award for details for required performance monitoring.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records for 3 years after the date they submit the Federal Financial Report (FFR). If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the award has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records shall be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards are made on an annual basis for the duration of the grant period, and payments are made through an Electronic Transfer System or Cash Demand System. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grantees draw down funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS). PMS is the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices.
Headquarters Office
Associate Administrator for Maternal and Child Health 5600 Fishers Lane , Rockville , Maryland 20857 Phone: 3014432170
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 15 Not Available; FY 16 est $2,700,000; and FY 17 Estimate Not Available - State ASD and other developmental disabilities program.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range of grant amounts: $100,000-$3,000,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR Part 75 State, local and tribal governments, institutions of higher education, hospitals, other nonprofit organizations and commercial organizations, as applicable. 42 CFR Part 51a Project Grants for Maternal Child and Health. HRSA awards are subject to the requirements of the HHS Grants Policy Statement (HHS GPS) that are applicable based on recipient type and purpose of award. The HHS GPS is available at
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: The Health Care Transitions Research Network (HCT-RN) for Youth and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) aims to address the health, family, and social needs of adolescent and young adults on the autism spectrum. The goals of the HCT-RN are to improve the nation's capacity to foster measurable improvements in the following: 1) life course outcomes for youth and adults on the autism spectrum, 2) the ability of their families to cope effectively with increased caregiving demands, and 3) the capacity of communities to create adequate opportunities for successful lifelong living, learning and working for these individuals and their families.

The National Interdisciplinary Training Resource Center plays a crucial role in providing technical assistance, building and sustaining partnerships with service systems already serving children with ASD and other developmental disabilities, translating research into evidence-based practice, and utilizing existing and developing new data systems to capture and report project outcomes. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available