MacART Trainee Awards RFA 2023

The McMaster Autism Research Team (MacART) is pleased to announce a Request for Applications for trainee awards!
The MacART Trainee Awards are meant to help trainees working in research in Autism and/or other neurodevelopmental conditions to travel to events that will enhance their research training experience. This may include traveling to a conference or workshop, presenting their research at an event, attending a course, or visiting a research lab in order to learn from a researcher.

We have since expanded application eligibility criteria to include requests for funding research supports such as software licenses, journal fees, other supplies, etc.

Criteria for applicants: This RFA is open to students and trainees of all levels (e.g., undergraduate, graduate, post-doctoral fellow, medical resident, etc.) whose work is related to Autism and/or other neurodevelopmental conditions, as long as they are affiliated with McMaster, Hamilton Health Sciences, or MacART in some way. Only one award per trainee will be provided.
Value: Maximum $500 per individual.  In the case of travel, the award covers registration fees, accommodation, transportation costs, etc.; expenses such as meals and entertainment costs are not eligible. The award may also cover research supports as described above.
NEW Deadline for application: Friday, May 5th, 2023.
Application process: Please submit the application form, describing the following:
  • Trainee contact information
  • Details of the request (i.e., travel or research details)
  • Award amount requested, and for what (i.e., itemization of expenses)
  • Reflections on your learning experiences and potential impact on advancing research.
Submit this form to as one PDF document.
Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
  • Overall strength of the applicant’s learning objectives
  • Overall significance of the learning experience to care and research in Autism and/or other neurodevelopmental conditions.
Winners will be announced at our 2023 MacART Research Stakeholder Symposium, to be held on Friday, May 26th, 2023.
If you have any questions, please contact Anna Kata, MacART Research Coordinator at
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