Sharing Data via the National Database for Autism Research

Notice Number: NOT-MH-09-005

Key Dates
Release Date: March 19, 2009

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National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), (


The widespread use of informatics resources by research communities adds significant value to research and accelerates the pace of discovery. The National Database for Autism Research (NDAR) has been established to serve the autism research community as a common platform for exchanging data, tools, and research-related information ( Currently, NDAR accepts diagnostic data for a number of phenotypic assessments, genetic data, and image data in a variety of formats (for details, see Moreover, the architecture of NDAR supports confederation with other data resources (

Autism researchers who are collecting phenotypic, genetic or image data are strongly encouraged to share their data via NDAR, and to use this national resource to advance their projects. This encouragement is made to all investigators regardless of the size of the budget of their research projects, regardless of the source of support for their autism research, including investigators supported by NIH grants awarded under focused funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) or those under parent mechanism FOAs ( unsolicited applications). Such encouragement is also extended to autism researchers supported by non-federal sources.


Inquiries regarding this notice may be directed to:

Michael Huerta, Ph.D.
Division of Neuroscience and Basic Behavioral Science
National Institute of Mental Health
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 7502, MSC 9645
Bethesda, MD 20892-9645
Rockville, MD 20852 (for express/courier service)
Telephone: (301) 443- 1815
FAX: (301) 443-1731