The AUTOTYP research program was launched in 1996 by Balthasar Bickel and Johanna Nichols, but individual data collection began much earlier. The current theoretical and technological framework was adopted in early 2001. Since then, data collection has gained considerable speed and the number of projects grows continously.
AUTOTYP currently receives funding from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) BI 799/2
AUTOTYP has received funding in the past from the Swiss National Science Foundation (Grants No. 08210-053455 and 610-0627; Bickel, PI) and the U.S. National Science Foundation 96-16448 (Nichols, PI).