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The National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, Maryland) will commit roughly $60 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to support autism research and meet objectives set forth earlier this year by a federal advisory committee. The Request for Applications is the largest funding opportunity for research on autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to date and, combined with other ARRA initiatives, represents a surge in NIH's commitment to finding the causes and treatments for autism.

Four grant announcements, sharing a single title, "Research to Address the Heterogeneity in Autism Spectrum Disorders," will use different funding mechanisms to support a range of research topics over the next two years.

Examples of research topics include developing and testing diagnostic screening tools for different populations; assessing risk from prenatal or early life exposures; initiating clinical trials to test early interventions; or adapting existing, effective pediatric treatments for older children, teens, and adults with ASD.

In other grant news, Eastern Michigan University School of Nursing (Ypsilanti) has received a $634,000 grant from the Michigan departments of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth and Community Health.

Awarded as part of the Michigan Nurse Corps (MNC) program, this grant will produce new classroom faculty and clinical instructors in a 12-to-15 month period instead of four to six years of part-time study.

The MNC provides educational stipends and tuition to graduate nursing students. In return for the financial help, these new faculty will be required to teach in a Michigan nursing education program for five years.

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