In 2008, the Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC) began issuing a series of IACC Autism Spectrum Disorder Research Portfolio Analysis Reports that describe and analyze the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) research portfolio across multiple government and non-government funders in the United States. The reports provide comprehensive information about autism research funding to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), a U.S. federal advisory body, to help in its efforts to monitor ASD research progress and trends. [IACC HAS BEEN DORMANT SINCE THE FALL OF 2019.] This information is also used by advocacy organizations, government agencies, private research funders, and the broader autism community to understand the ASD research funding landscape.
The 2017-2018 IACC ASD Research Portfolio Analysis Report represents the tenth and eleventh years of data collected and the eighth comprehensive report of U.S. ASD research funding across both the federal and private sectors. Project information was collected from 23 federal and private funders, including five private organizations that are new to the analysis. Overall, funding for ASD research among both federal and private funders totaled $373.1 million and spanned 1,495 projects in 2017 and totaled $387.7 million and spanned 1,526 projects in 2018. Over the eleven years of data available, autism research showed an overall upward trend in funding, increasing by 74.2% since 2008.