The Autism Research Trust is the only autism research charity that predominantly supports the Autism Research Centre in Cambridge.

The goal of ART is to support research that will identify who will develop autism as early as possible, and then evaluate specific interventions and support, to aid them through the rest of their lives.  Such research will focus on:

  • understanding the biological causes of autism, and through the use of prenatal markers that can be measured in the womb, identifying – in pregnancy and at birth – those children who may develop autism. 
  • improvements in the early identification of autism, allowing the diagnosis of children as early as possible in life, to enable autism-friendly infant intervention at an age when the brain is still developing

Professor Simon Baron-Cohen at the ARC has identified 15 projects under 3 research streams of prenatal biomarkers, neonatal and early diagnosis and intervention to achieve this aim.

Contact to find out more about these 15 projects.



Click on the links below to find out more about the Autism Research Centre's major research programmes:



Screening and diagnosis


Perception and cognition.



We do not accept unsolicited applications for funding.