Cultural Diversity Research Award
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INSAR Cultural Diversity Research Award
Application Deadline: March 8, 2018

The Cultural Diversity Research Award seeks to support and recognize research with significant impact on culturally diverse and underserved communities. The goal of the award is to support investigators who conduct community-based or community partnered research that seeks to leave a lasting impact on underserved and under-researched communities beyond the scope of a single research study. It is important that applicants clearly state the role of community partners, if any, in their work. Special consideration will be given to individuals or groups who have focused their work in lower income countries/communities.

The award winner will be chosen based upon:

a)      Dedication to a multicultural/diversity focus in career choice and professional work

b)      Participation in individual or group efforts to promote diversity and expand access for underserved individuals with autism spectrum disorder

Nominations should emphasize significant and lasting contributions to research that directly impacts culturally diverse communities of individuals with ASD and their families, with a focus on promoting understanding and respect for diversity, which includes increasing professional work focused on groups that have historically been under-represented in autism spectrum disorder research.

Cultural Diversity Research Award:

Eligibility: Membership of INSAR is not a requirement to be eligible for the award. However, applicants must have attended and presented at one or more INSAR Annual Meetings.

Application/Nomination: The application can be a self-nomination or nomination of another individual or team of individuals. The nominee must meet the following eligibility requirements:

1)      Description of the research conducted in under-served communities (1000 words max, Times New Roman, 12pt font, double spaced).

a)      Describe how this work addresses issues of cultural diversity in autism spectrum disorder.

b)      Specify the scope and significant impact the work has produced on improving lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorder in those communities.

c)      Explain how this work differs from other projects conducted in addressing the needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorder in underserved communities.

2)      Complete CV of nominee

3)      Up to two peer-reviewed, published articles that exemplify the impact of the nominee’s research on underrepresented communities

The application documents should be submitted as a single PDF document to the INSAR Cultural Diversity Committee, by March 8, 2018.

Award recipient will be notified April 2018

Review Criteria:

  1. Research trajectory emphasizing cultural diversity in autism
  2. The scope and impact of research in culturally diverse communities
  3. Innovation or originality of research in underserved communities

The recipient will be selected by representatives of the INSAR Cultural Diversity Committee and this committee’s INSAR Board liaison.

Terms of Award:

Award recipients will be required to participate in Cultural Diversity Committee activities at the INSAR Annual Meeting, including a group photo and social media promotion. The award includes recognition at the INSAR 2018 meeting. INSAR will reimburse registration, hotel, and economy travel expenses for the award winner to attend the INSAR 2018 meeting to be held May 9-12, 2018 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

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