After long wait, ‘ACE’ announcement delivers mixed news

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced yesterday that four autism research networks and five centers will share a pot of nearly $100 million over the next five years. The grants, called the Autism Centers of Excellence (ACE) awards, are among the most coveted in autism research and are given every five years.

The announcement ends months of tense speculation about the fate of the applications. Some researchers feared proposed cuts to the NIH budget would change the agency’s priorities.

At least one winner is relieved the wait is over. “Nice to know we actually got funded,” says Joseph Piven, professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Piven’s team won a network grant in 2012 — the last time the grants were awarded — and again this year.

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8th September 2017