The 2016-2017 Iacc Strategic Plan’s New Objectives and Trends in ASD Research Funding
Objectives: The Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC), which coordinates and manages the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), will present the new 2016-2017 IACC Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder objectives along with analysis on funding trends towards these objectives and the new recommended budget for U.S. investment in ASD research.
Methods: Each question in the Strategic Plan includes an Aspirational Goal, or long-term vision for the question, as well as a description of the state of the field; the needs and opportunities in research, services, and policy; and three to four broad objectives for each question topic. There is also one cross-cutting objective on the topic of ASD in females. Data on individual research-related projects is aligned with objectives in the IACC Strategic Plan, providing an accounting of how much funding has supported projects related to Strategic Plan objectives and highlighting trends.
Results: OARC has collected U.S. ASD research funding data for 2016 and 2017 and aligned research projects with the 23 objectives in the 2016-2017 Strategic Plan. The overall ASD funding amounts for 2016 and 2017 are compared to the Committee’s recommended annual budget (2015-2020). Funding data will provide information on if the Committee’s objectives are being met as well as the Committee’s budget recommendations.
Conclusions: The 2016-2017 IACC Strategic Plan for ASD along with the recent analysis on ASD research funding will provide an insightful overview of the state of autism research.