The RUN FOR AUTISM is the signature fundraising effort for the Organization for Autism Research (OAR). OAR was created in December 2001 to apply research to the challenges of autism. While many organizations fund autism research, OAR is unique in that it funds exclusively applied autism research. Applied research is research conducted to solve practical problems or develop therapies with the purpose of helping people in their everyday lives. OAR funds research that is concerned with applying the knowledge gained through basic research to practical, everyday problems. OAR lives in the present. Rather than focus on cause and cure, OAR’s research efforts strive to improve the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum today. Since its creation in 201, OAR has awarded 134 grants totaling $2.5 million to researchers and graduate students at some of the most prestigious universities in the US and abroad. OAR selected each of the studies funded based on its potential to offer meaningful outcomes, or, in other words, provide information that can be used immediately. Find out more about OAR and it’s great mission HERE.