The Rutgers University Center for Autism Research (RuCARes): Survey reports from Federal agencies suggest that 1 in 59 children in the US is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); the rates are ~1 in 34 in New Jersey (CDC). Given the high incidence of ASD in New Jersey and the autism research and treatment expertise available at Rutgers, a Center of Excellence in Autism Research at Rutgers is urgently needed. Rutgers has considerable strengths in basic, clinical and translational autism research, with over 50 principal investigators working to develop new autism treatments. Rutgers faculty and students also work closely with the autism community in NJ, providing educational intervention and support services through the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center and the newly created Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services and developing policy and performing public outreach through the Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities. The new Rutgers Center for Autism Research (RuCARes) will be responsible for coordinating and fostering basic and clinical research focused on diagnosing, treating and supporting patients with ASD. The goal is to develop a world-class autism research center engaged in cutting edge basic research to identify mechanisms and biomarkers, developing novel interventional behavioral therapies, creating new technologies and services to support both pediatric and adult ASD patient population. BHI is currently recruiting a Director for RuCARes whose primary role would be to coordinate, nurture and grow current autism-related research and clinical activities at Rutgers. BHI is seeking support in the form of an endowment to create and sustain the new RuCARes. The private support will be used to leverage new grant funding from State and Federal resources.