Cultural Diversity Research Award

INSAR Cultural Diversity Research Award

2020 Call for Applications
Application Opens: January 2, 2020
Application Deadline: January 31, 2020


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.

We recognize that diversity takes broad forms. This award is not meant to recognize diversity in autism research in all forms. There are other ways of recognition of such work in the field. This award focuses on recognizing research related to cultural diversity in the following categories:
a) research on underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in any country,
b) research in low and/or middle income countries (LMIC)
c) research on immigrant groups in any country, and
d) research on under-represented socio-economic groups in any country.

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.

Nominations should emphasize significant and lasting contributions to research that directly impacts culturally diverse communities of individuals with autism 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 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 and culturally diverse communities (a maximum of 1000 words, Times New Roman, 12pt font, double-spaced).
a) Describe how this work addresses issues of cultural diversity in autism as defined in this RFA.
b) Specify the scope and significant impact the work has produced on improving lives of individuals with autism in those communities. Using the Cultural Diversity Research Award - Research Program Logic Model provided in this RFA, describe the work (inputs, outputs, and activities) and the impact (short-term, intermediate, and long-term) of your work on those communities.
c) Describe the innovation of this work.
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 via the online submission form. Submit any application questions to the INSAR Cultural Diversity Committee,

Award recipient will be notified March 2020

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 culturally diverse and 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 2020 Annual Meeting, including a group photo and social media promotion. The award includes recognition at the INSAR 2020 meeting. INSAR will reimburse registration, hotel, and economy travel expenses for the award winner to attend the INSAR 2020 meeting to be held May 6-9, 2020 in Seattle, Washington, USA.

Cultural Diversity Research Award Logic Model Template:

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