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Autism Research and Treatment
Volume 2016, Article ID 8106595, 5 pages
Research Article

An Analysis of Canadian Institute for Health Research Funding for Research on Autism Spectrum Disorder

1Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa, 25 University Private, THN 208, Ottawa, ON, Canada K1N 6N5
2Department of Public Health Sciences, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 3N6
3Neuroscience, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada N6A 5B7
4School of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada K1N 6N5

Received 8 September 2015; Revised 10 January 2016; Accepted 12 January 2016

Academic Editor: Geraldine Dawson

Copyright © 2016 R. Deonandan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We examined patterns of Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) funding on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) research. From 1999 to 2013, CIHR funded 190 ASD grants worth $48 million. Biomedical research received 43% of grants (46% of dollars), clinical research 27% (41%), health services 10% (7%), and population health research 8% (3%). The greatest number of grants was given in 2009, but 2003 saw the greatest amount. Funding is clustered in a handful of provinces and institutions, favouring biomedical research and disfavouring behavioural interventions, adaptation, and institutional response. Preference for biomedical research may be due to the detriment of clinical research.