ART is now ACE!

The Autism Research Trust (ART) has embarked on a life-changing venture to translate excellent research into evidence-based support and services for autistic people, and is now known as the Autism Centre of Excellence at Cambridge (ACE). Please join us on this journey.

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Why we need ACE

Our societies are failing to meet autistic people’s fundamental human rights, including the right to live a long, fulfilling, and healthy life, have an education, employment, leisure and dignity. Diagnosis is slow, while interventions, support and care are inconsistent, often lacking an evidence base.


Since 2008, the Autism Research Trust funded research to understand the causes of autism, improve diagnosis and explore interventions to ensure that autistic people receive the best possible support. In 2019, trustees recognised the importance of bringing research and clinical services closer together, in conjunction with autistic people and their families leading the way in terms of priority areas and needs.

In 2021 the Autism Centre of Excellence at Cambridge (ACE) was registered as a new charity to fund excellence in autism research as well as the development and evaluation of interventions that can be translated via partners (who are service providers worldwide from health and social care organisations to schools and employers), to improve the lives of autistic people and their families.

Help us change lives through research

Opportunity for grant funding

The Cambridge Autism Centre of Excellence at Cambridge (ACE) invites applications for a grant writer from any institution of higher education in Cambridgeshire to write bids in areas of research that are priorities for the autism community. These could include employment, education, and mental health.

Funding of up to £60,000 for a 12-month initial period is available to host the grant writer and the deadline for applications is 8th of March, 2022, and applications should be sent to:

“After diagnosis we felt like we were shown the door and were on our own. ACE will help revolutionise support for autistic people and their families, and this is a huge and exciting prospect.”

– Sheila, ACE supporter