Grants and funding

We have received many grants to support our research and other activities and we gratefully acknowledge the financial contribution of our donors.

Grants

2017

Ongoing research grants

  • Hewlett Packard Australia (2015-2018) - Successful employment outcomes for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Dissanayake,C., Richdale, A., Hedley, D. & Uljarevic, M.
  • Autism CRC Core Program 1 (2014-2017) - Project 1.001RC, Base Resources Project - Whitehouse, A., Dissanayake, C., Eapen, V. & Heussler, H.
  • Autism CRC Core Program 3 (2014-2017) - Project 3.016RC, Unique ASD Profile School Leavers. - Richdale, A., Falkmer, T., Lennox, N. & Troller, J.
  • Autism CRC Core Program 3 (2014-2017) - Project 3.012RC, Base Resources Project. – Richdale, A., Falkmer, T., Lennox, N. & Troller, J.
  • Autism CRC Core Program 1 (2014-2017) - Project 1.005RC, Developmental Surveillance for ASD. Dissanayake, C. & Barbaro, J.
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise & the Australian Government Department of Defense (2016 – 2018) - The Dandelion program. - Dissanayake, C., Richdale, A., Hedley, D., & Uljarević, M.
  • Department of Social Services (2016-2019) - Comparing learning and social outcomes of pre-schoolers with autism in inclusive versus segregated settings: A randomized controlled trial to test a new model of early intervention delivery. - Dissanayake, C., Hudry, K., Shiell, A., Vivanti, G. (Drexel University) & the Victorian ASELCC Team.
  • Department of Social Services (2016-2019) - Early intensive behavioural intervention for autism: Understanding ‘what works for whom?’ - Dissanayake, C., Hudry, K., Vivanti, G. (Drexel University) & the Victorian ASELCC Team.
  • Autism CRC (2016-2019) - A randomised-controlled trial of a parent-mediated therapy for infants showing early social-communication delays.- Hudry, K., Barbaro, J., Iacono, T., Dissanayake, C. Maybery, M. (University of Western Australia) & Whitehouse, A. (Telethon Kids Institute).

New research grants

  • La Trobe University School of Psychology and Public Health Engagement Income Growth Grants Scheme (2017) - Hiring people with Autism: Examining the impact on the person and their workplace. - Hedley, D., Flower, R., Spoor, J., Richdale, A., Bartram, T., & Dissanayake, C.
  • Department of Social Services (2017-2019) - Supporting Best Practice in the Assessment and Treatment of Minimally Verbal Children with Autism. -  Trembath, D., Tucker, M., Hudry, K., Pye, K., Muckett, C., Fordyce, K., Hoppenbrouwers. G., DeBlasio, A., Webb, S., Joosten, A., Grove, R., J., Paynter, Westerveld, M., Maher, N., Rose, V., Keen, D., Eapen, D., Riley, S., Iacano, T., & Dissanayake, C.
  • Department of Social Services (2017-2019) - How does Parent Coaching Add Value to Evidence-Based Autism Intervention? - Hudry, K., Pye, K., Feary, J., Toscano, G., Li, X., Bent, C., Uljarevic, M., Vivanti, G. & the Victorian ASELCC Team.
  • NHMRC Project Grant (2017- 2020) - Oxytocin enhancement of social learning in the treatment of toddlers with autism. - Gustella, A., Dawson, G., Dissanayake, C., Eapen, V., Song, Y.J., Feldman, R., & Silove, N.
  • Google Impact Challenge (2017 - 2019) - Translating ASDetect into Mandarin and Japanese. - M Leahy, M., Barbaro, J., Dissanayake, C. & Denham, M.

2016

Ongoing research grants

  • Hewlett Packard Australia (2015-2018) - Successful employment outcomes for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Dissanayake,C., Richdale, A., Hedley, D. & Uljarevic, M.
  • Australian Research Council Linkage Projects Scheme (2012-2016) - Enhancing learning capacity and academic outcomes using novel game technology in primary school children with developmental disabilities - Cornish, K., Gray, K., Hocking, D., Ellis, K., Harcourt, J. & McIntosh, K.
  • National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship (2014-2016) - Improving Treatment Outcomes for Children with Autism: Translating Intensive 1:1 Treatment into a Group-Based Community Model - Trembath, D.
  • Autism CRC Core Program 1 (2014-2017) - Project 1.001RC, Base Resources Project - Whitehouse, A., Dissanayake, C., Eapen, V. & Heussler, H.
  • Autism CRC Core Program 3 (2014-2017) - Project 3.016RC, Unique ASD Profile School Leavers. - Richdale, A., Falkmer, T., Lennox, N. & Troller, J.
  • Autism CRC Core Program 3 (2014-2017) - Project 3.012RC, Base Resources Project. – Richdale, A., Falkmer, T., Lennox, N. & Troller, J.
  • Autism CRC Core Program 1 (2014-2017) - Project 1.005RC, Developmental Surveillance for ASD. Dissanayake, C. & Barbaro, J.
  • La Trobe University Research Focus Area 'Understanding Disease' (2015 - 2016) - Understanding the role of oxytocin in shaping social affiliation and social processing in young children with autism and Williams syndrome. - Hocking, D., Vivanti, G., Bishop, N., Iacono, T., Dissanayake, C. & Kent, S.
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme (2015 - 2016) - Benefits of inclusion for children with ASD. - Vivanti, G., Dissanayake, C.,

New research grants

  • Australian Research Council DECRA fellowship (2016 - 2018) - Multitasking effects on motor control in childhood through adolescence. - Hocking, D.
  • College of Science, Health & Engineering Fellowship for Early Career Researchers Award (2016) - Exploring patterns and heritability of different types of restricted and repetitive behaviours in families with and without neurodevelopmental disorders. - Uljarević, M.
  • La Trobe University Research Focus Area 'Building Healthy Communities' (2016) - Building local research expertise for community-based early autism intervention. - Hudry, K.
  • La Trobe University Research Focus Area 'Building Healthy Communities' (2016) - Employee support for workplace inclusion of adults with Autism. - Spoor, J., Hedley, D., Dissanayake, C., Richdale, A., Bartram, T., &  Uljarević, M.
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise & the Australian Government Department of Defence (2016 – 2018) - The Dandelion program. - Dissanayake, C., Richdale, A., Hedley, D., & Uljarević, M.
  • Department of Social Services (2016-2019)- Comparing learning and social outcomes of pre-schoolers with autism in inclusive versus segregated settings: A randomized controlled trial to test a new model of early intervention delivery. - Dissanayake, C., Hudry, K., Shiell, A., Vivanti, G. (Drexel University) & the Victorian ASELCC Team.
  • Department of Social Services (2016-2019) - Early intensive behavioural intervention for autism: Understanding ‘what works for whom?’ - Dissanayake, C., Hudry, K., Vivanti, G. (Drexel University) & the Victorian ASELCC Team.
  • Autism CRC (2016-2019) - A randomised-controlled trial of a parent-mediated therapy for infants showing early social-communication delays.- Hudry, K., Barbaro, J., Iacono, T., Dissanayake, C. Maybery, M. (University of Western Australia) & Whitehouse, A. (Telethon Kids Institute).
  • La Trobe University Research Focus Area ‘Understanding Disease’ Partnership Grant (2016) - Randomised-controlled trial of very early intervention for infants showing early social-communication delays. - Hudry, K., Barbaro, J., Iacono, T., Dissanayake, C., Slonims, V. (Kings College London), Green, J. (University of Manchester) & Whitehouse, A. (Telethon Kids Institute).
  • La Trobe University Research Infrastructure Capital Funding (2016) - Equipment grant - Hedley, D., Richdale, A., Dissanayake, C., & Uljarević, M.
  • La Trobe University Research Focus Area ‘Transforming Human Societies' (2016) - Visiting Research Fellowship for A/Prof. Buzhardt to La Trobe University. Hackworth, N., Nicholson, J.,  Dissanayake, C., Hudry, K. & Buzhardt, J.

2015

Ongoing research grants

  • National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grant (2011-2015) – Prenatal and Early Postnatal Risk Factors in ASD – Whitehouse, A., Maybery, M., Dissanayake, C., Hickey, M. & Pennell, C.
  • The Apex Foundation Trust for Autism (2012-2015) – Circadian Rhythm Dysfunction in Adults with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder: Evidence from Dim-Light Melatonin Onset – PhD student award to Baker, E., supervised by Richdale, A. & Hazi, A.
  • National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grant (2013-2015) – Characterization of a novel epigenetic boundary and long range epigenetic modifications specific to FMR1 expansion carriers with behavioural and cognitive disorders – implications for earlier diagnosis and treatment. – Slater, H., Godler, D., Amor, D., Dissanayake, C. & Bui, M.
  • Australian Research Council Linkage Projects Scheme (2012-2016) - Enhancing learning capacity and academic outcomes using novel game technology in primary school children with developmental disabilities - Cornish, K., Gray, K., Hocking, D., Ellis, K., Harcourt, J. & McIntosh, K.
  • The William and Vera Houston Memorial Trust (2013-2014) - Parenting and Child Outcomes: An exploratory study of the impact of autism symptoms - Dissanayake, C. & Richdale, A.
  • Playgroup Australia (2014-2015) - Strengthening PlayConnect: Expert Advice and Current Service Evaluation - Hudry, K., Nadachowski, W. & Dissanayake, C.
  • National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship (2014-2016) - Improving Treatment Outcomes for Children with Autism: Translating Intensive 1:1 Treatment into a Group-Based Community Model - Trembath, D.
  • La Trobe University Research Focus Area 'Building Healthy Communities' (2014-2015) - Translating Autism Research Excellence to a Regional Service though Telehealth - Iacono, T., Hudry, K., Hulme-Chambers, A., Erickson, S., Trembath, D. & McConnachie, S.
  • Macquarie University Research Development Grants (2014-2015) - The role of oxytocin in modulating anxiety and social behaviour in neurodevelopmental and anxiety disorders - Porter, M., Hocking, D., Wong Q., Williams, M., Rapee, R., Dissanayake, C., Kent, S.
  • Autism CRC Core Program 1 (2014-2017) - Project 1.001RC, Base Resources Project - Whitehouse, A., Dissanayake, C., Eapen, V. & Heussler, H.
  • Autism CRC Core Program 1 (2014-2015) - Project 1.002RC, Creation of Autism Biobank Project - Whitehouse, A., Dissanayake, C., Eapen, V. & Heussler, H.
  • Autism CRC Core Program 1 (2014-2017) - Project 1.005RC, Developmental Surveillance for ASD. Dissanayake, C. & Barbaro, J.
  • Autism CRC Core Program 3 (2014-2017) - Project 3.012RC, Base Resources Project. – Richdale, A., Falkmer, T., Lennox, N. & Troller, J.
  • Autism CRC Core Program 3 (2014-2017) - Project 3.016RC, Unique ASD Profile School Leavers. - Richdale, A., Falkmer, T., Lennox, N. & Troller, J.
  • Veski Victorian Fellowships (2014-2015) - Training on brain imaging and psychophysiology techniques for application with infants/toddlers with autism. - Nuske, H. J.

New research grants

  • Hewlett Packard Australia (2015-2018) - Successful employment outcomes for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. - Dissanayake,C., Richdale, A., Hedley, D. & Uljarević, M.
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme (2015 - 2016) - Benefits of inclusion for children with ASD. - Vivanti, G., Duncan, E. & Dissanayake, C.,
  • La Trobe University Research Focus Area 'Understanding Disease' (2015 - 2016) - Understanding the role of oxytocin in shaping social affiliation and social processing in young children with autism and Williams syndrome. - Hocking, D., Vivanti, G., Bishop, N., Iacono, T., Dissanayake, C. & Kent, S.
  • La Trobe University Research Focus Area 'Understanding Disease' (2015) - Restoring normal function in a mouse model of autism spectrum disorder. – Hale, M., Lesku, J., Kettle, C., Kent, S., Richdale, A. & Dissanayake, C.
  • Pierce Armstrong Foundation (2015) - Development of an emotional regulation intervention for young children with autism or developmental delays. - Nuske, H. & Dissanayake, C.
  • Australian Catholic University Research Funding (2015) - A neurobiological comparison of social cognitive deficits in young adults with neurodevelopmental and anxiety disorders. - Labuschagne, I. & Hocking, D.

Other grants

  • The William Buckland Foundation (2012-2015) - Early Diagnostic Clinic for Autism Spectrum Disorders - C. Dissanayake and the EDC Team.

2014

Ongoing research grants

  • National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grant (2011-2015) – Prenatal and Early Postnatal Risk Factors in ASD – A.Whitehouse, M.Maybery, C.Dissanayake, M.Hickey & C.Pennell.
  • The Apex Foundation Trust for Autism (2012-2015) – Circadian Rhythm Dysfunction in Adults with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder: Evidence from Dim-Light Melatonin Onset – PhD student award to E.Baker, supervised by A.Richdale & A.Hazi.
  • La Trobe University Research Focus Area 'Building Healthy Communities' (2013-2014) - Strengthening PlayConnect: Specialist playgroups for families of children with autism - Hudry, K., Dissanayake, C. & Sivey, P.
  • La Trobe University Research Focus Area 'Understanding Disease' Small Project Grants (2013-2014) - Investigating the Genetics of Co-morbid Anxiety and Insomnia in Autism Spectrum Disorder - Richdale, A., Somers, G., Hale, M., Lesku, J., Dissanayake, C. & Kent, S.
  • Australian Wool Innovation (2013-2014) - The influence of bedding, sleep hygiene and environment on sleep in children aged 2 to 10 years - Richdale, A.
  • The William and Vera Houston Memorial Trust (2013-2014) - Parenting and Child Outcomes: An exploratory study of the impact of autism symptoms - Dissanayake, C. & Richdale, A.
  • National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grant (2013-2015) – Characterization of a novel epigenetic boundary and long range epigenetic modifications specific to FMR1 expansion carriers with behavioural and cognitive disorders – implications for earlier diagnosis and treatment. – Slater, H., Godler, D., Amor, D., Dissanayake, C. & Bui, M.
  • Australian Research Council Linkage Projects Scheme (2012-2016) - Enhancing learning capacity and academic outcomes using novel game technology in primary school children with developmental disabilities - Cornish, K., Gray, K., Hocking, D., Ellis, K., Harcourt, J. & McIntosh, K.
  • Nationwide Children's Hospital Clinical and Translational Intramural Grant #203213 (2012-2014) - Efficacy of the Autism Detection in Early Childhood (ADEC) in a Clinically Referred Sample of Toddlers at Risk of Developmental Delay. - Hedley, D., Nevill, R., Wilkins, J., Butter, E. & Mulick, J.A.

New research grants

  • Playgroup Australia (2014-2015) - Strengthening PlayConnect: Expert Advice and Current Service Evaluation - Hudry, K., Nadachowski, W. & Dissanayake, C.
  • National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship (2014-2016) - Improving Treatment Outcomes for Children with Autism: Translating Intensive 1:1 Treatment into a Group-Based Community Model - Trembath, D.
  • La Trobe University Research Focus Area 'Building Healthy Communities' (2014-2015) - Translating Autism Research Excellence to a Regional Service though Telehealth - Iacono, T., Hudry, K., Hulme-Chambers, A., Erickson, S., Trembath, D. & McConnachie, S.
  • Macquarie University Research Development Grants (2014-2015) - The role of oxytocin in modulating anxiety and social behaviour in neurodevelopmental and anxiety disorders - Porter, M., Hocking, D., Wong Q., Williams, M., Rapee, R., Dissanayake, C., Kent, S.
  • Autism CRC Core Program 1 (2014-2017) - Project 1.001RC, Base Resources Project - Whitehouse, A., Dissanayake, C., Eapen, V. & Heussler, H.
  • Autism CRC Core Program 1 (2014-2015) - Project 1.002RC, Creation of Autism Biobank Project - Whitehouse, A., Dissanayake, C., Eapen, V. & Heussler, H.
  • Autism CRC Core Program 1 (2014-2017) - Project 1.005RC, Developmental Surveillance for ASD. Dissanayake, C. & Barbaro, J.
  • Autism CRC Core Program 3 (2014-2017) - Project 3.012RC, Base Resources Project. – Richdale, A., Falkmer, T., Lennox, N. & Troller, J.
  • Autism CRC Core Program 3 (2014) - Project 3.017RC, Optimisation of Recruitment Project. – Costley, D., Clarke, T., Richdale, A., Falkmer, T., & Sofronoff, K.
  • Autism CRC Core Program 3 (2014-2017) - Project 3.016RC, Unique ASD Profile School Leavers. - Richdale, A., Falkmer, T., Lennox, N. & Troller, J.
  • Veski Victorian Fellowships (2014-2015) - Training on brain imaging and psychophysiology techniques for application with infants/toddlers with autism. - Nuske, H. J.

Other grants

  • Menzies Foundation (2014) - The Menzies Foundation Symposium on Early Identification, Diagnosis, and Intervention in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Keynote Lecture by Professor Catherine Lord at the Australasian Society for Autism Research (ASfAR) Conference - Barbaro, J.
  • The William Buckland Foundation (2012-2015) - Early Diagnostic Clinic for Autism Spectrum Disorders - C. Dissanayake and the EDC Team.

2013

Ongoing research grants

  • National Health and Medical Research Council Partnership Grant (2011-2013) – Universal Surveillance and Early Identification of Developmental Disorders – V.Eapen, K.Williams, B.Jaludin, C.Dissanayake & S.Woolfenden.
  • National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grant (2011-2015) – Prenatal and Early Postnatal Risk Factors in ASD – A.Whitehouse, M.Maybery, C.Dissanayake, M.Hickey & C.Pennell.
  • The Apex Foundation Trust for Autism (2012-2015) – Circadian Rhythm Dysfunction in Adults with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder: Evidence from Dim-Light Melatonin Onset – PhD student award to E.Baker, supervised by A.Richdale & A.Hazi.
  • ARC Linkage Projects Scheme (2012-2016) - Enhancing learning capacity and academic outcomes using novel game technology in primary school children with developmental disabilities - Cornish, K, Gray, K, Hocking, D, Ellis, K, Harcourt, J, McIntosh, K.

New research grants

  • La Trobe University Research Focus Area 'Building Healthy Communities' (2013-2014) - Strengthening PlayConnect: Specialist playgroups for families of children with autism - Hudry, K., Dissanayake, C. & Sivey, P.
  • La Trobe University Research Focus Area 'Understanding Disease' Small Project Grants (2013-2014) -  Investigating the Genetics of Co-morbid Anxiety and Insomnia in Autism Spectrum Disorder - Richdale, A., Somers, G., Hale, M., Lesku, J., Dissanayake, C. & Kent, S.
  • Australian Wool Innovation (2013-2014) - The influence of bedding, sleep hygiene and environment on sleep in children aged 2 to 10 years  - Richdale, A.
  • The William and Vera Houston Memorial Trust (2013-2014) - Parenting and Child Outcomes: An exploratory study of the impact of autism symptoms - Dissanayake, C. & Richdale, A.
  • La Trobe University Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering 'Near Miss' Grant – Dissanayake, C., Iacano, T., Vivanti, G., & Trembath, D.
  • National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grant (2013-2015) – Characterization of a novel epigenetic boundary and long range epigenetic modifications specific to FMR1 expansion carriers with behavioural and cognitive disorders – implications for earlier diagnosis and treatment. – Slater, H., Godler, D., Amor, D., Dissanayake, C. & Bui, M.
  • Australian Wool Innovation (2013) - Bedding and sleep quality in children aged 2 to 5 years - A. Richdale.

Other grants

  • R E Ross Trust (2012-2013) - Early Diagnostic Clinic for Autism Spectrum Disorders - C. Dissanayake and the EDC Team.
  • Phyliss Connor Grant (2012-2013) - Early Diagnostic Clinic for Autism Spectrum Disorders - C. Dissanayake and the EDC Team.
  • The William Buckland Foundation (2012-2015) - Early Diagnostic Clinic for Autism Spectrum Disorders - C. Dissanayake and the EDC Team.

2012

Ongoing research grants

  • Australian Research Council Project Grant (2010-2012) – Language processing in children with high functioning autism: Evidence from eye tracking – E.Bavin, C.Dissanayake, E. Kidd & M.Prior.
  • National Health and Medical Research Council Partnership Grant (2011-2013) – Universal Surveillance and Early Identification of Developmental Disorders – V.Eapen, K.Williams, B.Jaludin, C.Dissanayake & S.Woolfenden.
  • National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grant (2011-2015) - Prenatal and Early Postnatal Risk Factors in ASD – A.Whitehouse, M.Maybery, C.Dissanayake, M.Hickey  & C.Pennell.

New research grants

  • La Trobe University Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering Early Career Researcher award (2012) – The Social Attention and Communication Study-Revised (SACS-R): A pilot study evaluating the efficacy of the SACS-R in identifying infants and toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorders – J.Barbaro.
  • The Menzies Allied Health Start Up Grant (2012) – The Social Attention and Communication Study-Revised (SACS-R): A pilot study evaluating the efficacy of the SACS-R in identifying infants and toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorders – J.Barbaro.
  • The Apex Foundation Trust for Autism (2012-2015) – Circadian Rhythm Dysfunction in Adults with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder: Evidence from Dim-Light Melatonin Onset – PhD student award to E.Baker, supervised by A.Richdale & A.Hazi.
  • The Ian Potter Foundation Travel Award (2012) – Attending ASSID conference in Wellington NZ – D. Trembath
  • Australia-China Science and Research Fund (2012) – Group Mission for Collaboration with Nankai University in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders – C.Dissanayake.
  • Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2012) – CRC Living with ASD Phenotyping Project – C.Dissanayake.
  • La Trobe University e-Research Grant (2012) – Mobiles for Autism: The use of biosensors and real-time mobile data mining to assist people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder – C.Dissanayake, S. Loke, C. Germano & W. Nadachowski
  • Australian Wool Innovation (2012) – Bedding and sleep quality in children aged 2 to 5 years – A.Richdale
  • ARC Linkage Projects Scheme (2012-2016) - Enhancing learning capacity and academic outcomes using novel game technology in primary school children with developmental disabilities - Cornish, K, Gray, K, Hocking, D, Ellis, K, Harcourt, J, McIntosh, K.

Other grants

  • R E Ross Trust (2012-2013) – Early Diagnostic Clinic for Autism Spectrum Disorders – C. Dissanayake and the EDC Team.
  • Phyliss Connor Memorial Trust (2012-2013) – Early Diagnostic Clinic for Autism Spectrum Disorders – C. Dissanayake and the EDC Team.
  • The William Buckland Foundation (2012-2015) – Early Diagnostic Clinic for Autism Spectrum Disorders – C. Dissanayake and the EDC Team.

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