Submitting Requests for Proposals
The Request for Proposals web portal, or RFP, can be found here.
To access this resource, you need a valid UCLA login which you can create at https://accounts.iam.ucla.edu. Instructions for making a login are available on that site, but for additional guidance please reference the document below.
Upon registering an account, you will be directed to the RFP project proposal landing page. Project submissions are rolling and segmented into yearly chunks.
You will need to submit a letter of intent (LOI) along with your request for review.
Your letter of intent (LOI) should touch on the following points:
1. Explain how your study is relevant to the physical health of autistic individuals. In addition, please comment on how you believe your study will benefit from being integrated with the ICR.
2. Briefly describe the methodology that will be used (quantitative, qualitative, descriptive, etc).
3. Outline steps you have taken to ensure the accessibility of your study, including using plain language in study materials, community-approved terminology (ex: identity-first), and making your study accessible to autistic individuals of varying cognitive abilities. If there are any exclusions, please justify this decision.
4. Does this study make use or plan to make use of community collaborators? If so – at what levels? Additionally, if you have examples of outreach materials you plan to use, please feel free to include them here.
Your application(s) can be seen in the RFP, along with it's status which denotes how far along into the process our reviewers have gotten. For more details, please reference our Review Process sub-page.
If a project is accepted into the ICR, a private workspace is automatically generated for all members of that study group. This feature is designed to promote collaborate by providing an easy method to share updates and progress. This may include, but is not limited to changes to an IRB, modified consent documents, and posting rights to a forum where one can ask project specific questions. All materials are easily downloaded, either alone or in batch through an intuitive website design.
Next steps after acceptance
1. Amend your IRB with ICR-provided terminology to allow for data collection. Link Here
*If the IRB requests further information about the repository, please use this language to provide context. The ICR is approved by the UCLA IRB#21-002116
Statement of data to include in the Infrastructure for Collaborative Research (ICR):
**If the IRB requires further context beyond the lay summary, please contact ICR Staff at ICR@mednet.ucla.edu or your fellow collaborators on the project workspace.
2. You will receive an email with an embedded survey that will contain questions about your project. Please answer to your fullest ability to allow for the creation of accurate project resources.
3. Upload materials into your provided Project Workspace
a. Upload latest version of consent documents
b. Project outlines
d. Other pertinent materials