1. Criteria for advertising opportunities to Autistica's Insight Group or Discover network
You can use this form to apply to
  1. Involve autism community members (e.g., autistic adults, parents, professionals) in research via Autistica's Insight Group
  2. Recruit research participants via Autistica's Discover network
Please submit a single application per research study. You may apply to involve the community and to recruit participants to the same study in a single application.
Insight Group
Autistica manage an Insight Group of 250 autistic adults, parents and carers of autistic people. The Insight Group work with Autistica and autism researchers across the UK to improve the way autism research is conducted. For example, checking if assessments, recruitment materials and testing environments used in research studies are appropriate for autistic people, consulting on whether research focuses on what matters most to autistic people.

The Insight Group is not designed to recruit people to take part in a research project, this option is available below.

Please note, if your application to our insight group is successful, you will be required to pay each member who gives you insights on your project an involvement fee in return for their expertise, this fee is fixed and has been set in accordance with the
NIHR INVOLVE guidelines, detailed below.
Time Cost
1 hour £20
1/2 day (3.5 hours) £75
Full day £150

If you are interested in involving members of our Insight Group in your research project, please complete this application form and indicate that you wish to involve autistic people and/or their family members or supporters in your research.

If you have any questions about our Insight Group, please email Bethan Davies, bethan.davies@autistica.org.uk
Recruiting participants through Discover
We have over 16,000 members of Discover who are autistic people, professionals who work with autistic people, autism researchers and parents or family members of autistic people. Our members want to hear about and take part in the latest autism research happening across the UK. We don't know where in the country they are based, so you will not be able to target your recruitment and we cannot guarantee that there will be members that fit your criteria. Advertising via Discover is free of charge.

If your application is successful and meets our criteria for advertising via Discover we will notify you about the next steps you need to take.

Research partnership
​If you think running a research project in partnership with Autistica would better suit your proposed study, please get in touch with us on discover@autistica.org.uk ​and we can discuss this possibility.

To complete this form, you will need:

​For involvement opportunities via the Insight Group​
  • Descriptive information about the opportunity being advertised
  • The number of people you wish to consult
  • The Involvement fee you will be paying​
For research participation opportunities via Discover
  • Details of your study design
  • Description of the sample(s) you wish to recruit, including inclusion/exclusion criteria and sample size justifications
  • The ethical review status of your project (you may apply before submitting your ethics application, but the opportunity will only be advertised once ethical approval has been secured)
  • Details of any community involvement you have had in designing this study (this is not a prerequisite)
  • Information about the pre-registration of your study design and/or analysis plan (this is not a prerequisite)

Please contact the Discover team (0203 746 2673 | discover@autistica.org.uk) if you have any questions about completing this application form or if you require an accessible format of this application.

​If you have not had a response within 2 weeks of submitting your application, please contact us directly. 

​Download a word document version of this form - this is for your reference only; all applications must be submitted via this online form.

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