Autistica Research Festival 2021: Awards Applications


1. Autistica Research Festival Awards

We are now accepting applications for three awards aimed at celebrating early career researchers and good practice in autism research.

Applications open 12 May 2021 and will close midday (12 noon) 17 June 2021. The award winners will be announced at our Autistica Research Festival 2021 (12th - 16th July).


Promoting the involvement of autistic people and their families in all aspects of research is a key goal of Autistica. Our Involvement Award recognises early career researchers who have demonstrated a commitment to involving autistic people and their families in their research. We are particularly interested in innovative, original approaches to involvement such as innovative adaptations to involvement activities during COVID-19. 
This award will be £300

Real world impact:
Using research to ensure that every autistic person has a long, happy, healthy life is Autistica’s vision. The Real World Impact award recognises research projects that actively work to disseminate their findings and improve participants’ life through community projects, mentoring schemes, delivering training, interventions, public awareness etc
This award will be £200

Reproducible autism science:
Autistica is committed to improving the reproducibility of autism science. The reproducible autism science award acknowledges an individual researcher’s commitment to research practices that improve the reproducibility of autism research in the UK. This includes practices such as making data or materials open, pre-registering an analysis plan, making analysis scripts freely available, ensuring study documentation are not only open but also interpretable.
This award will be £200

To apply for these awards, please fill in the following survey. You will be able to save your progress and continue later at any point during the survey. In the survey you will be asked about your research and to give specific examples of why you are eligible for the award, as well as being asked to submit a 500 word cover letter. 

To be eligible, researchers must be within 8 working years of their PhD award (by the date of the submission deadline) and based in an UK research institution. 

To apply for more than one category please complete one application per award you wish to apply for.

You do need to be available to attend the closing session of the Autistica Research Festival (16th July), but do not need to be a presenter at the conference.

We also ask for the name and email of a reference to support your application – they will only be contacted if you are shortlisted and will just need to confirm details of your application.

This application form is split into four sections:
  1. Introduction to the awards
  2. About you/ the applicant
  3. Award application (written submission of award nomination)
  4. About your supporting referee
If you have any questions at all about the awards themselves, or the award process, please email