NIH Autism Center of Excellence (ACE)

The Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) Program, created by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), supports large research projects aimed at understanding autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developing interventions for ASD. The Program includes ACE research centers and ACE research networks. ACE research centers foster collaboration between teams of specialists who share the same facility to address a particular research problem in depth. ACE research networks consist of researchers at many facilities in locations throughout the country, working together on a single research question. In 2017, the NIH has renewed its support of UCLA CART as an ACE research center with a five-year $9.7 million grant. UCLA is the only research center to receive the Autism Center of Excellence award for three consecutive cycles. UCLA is also home to multiple Autism Center of Excellence Network grants, allowing faculty to work with other facilities around the country.

The NIH created the ACE research program in 2007, a consolidation of the Eunice Kennedy Shiver National Institute of Child Health and Human Developmentā€™s (NICHD) past efforts on autism research, the Collaborative Program of Excellence in Autism (CPEA); and the Studies to Advance Autism Treatment and Research (STAART) Network. Grants have been awarded every five years, and 2017 marks the third cycle of the ACE grants.

The NIH institutes that support the ACE program are the Eunice Kennedy Shiver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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2017 ACE Center Grants:

  • University of California, Los Angeles

2017 ACE Network Grants:

2017 ACE Center Grants:

  • University of California, Los Angeles

2017 ACE Network Grants:

2017 ACE Center Grants: