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The International OCD Foundation is pleased to announce that we will once again be offering research grants to scientists investigating OCD and related disorders. Over $750,000 in total research funding will be awarded in 2021 through a competitive process. Applications from researchers will be accepted beginning January 4, 2021, with a deadline of March 1, 2021. 

Grants available in 2021 will include:

  • Innovator Awards — $300,000 grants for senior researchers investigating OCD. The goal of these awards is to support research with the potential to revolutionize scientific understanding of OCD, accelerate progress toward new and more effective treatments, and discover ways to prevent OCD from taking hold in the first place. The Innovator Awards are made possible through the generosity of an anonymous donor to the IOCDF.
  • Michael Jenike Young Investigator Awards — Grants of up to $50,000 for early career researchers pursuing projects investigating OCD, BDD, hoarding disorder, or other disorders related to OCD. 
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Culture — Through funding raised by OCD Jacksonville, the IOCDF has created a dedicated fund to support research on the role that race, ethnicity, and culture play in OCD and related disorders, including how they influence symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and treatment access. These awards will be made through the Jenike Award program, and are available to all early career researchers.


All grant applications will be evaluated by a panel of volunteer scientists, including many of the leading experts in OCD and related disorders research. This panel’s recommendations ensure that precious research dollars — 100% of which are contributed by donors — are directed to the strongest possible research with the greatest potential for impact.

Applications will be accepted beginning January 4, 2021 at ocdresearch.org/grants. Complete application instructions, guidelines, and the official 2021 request for proposals (RFP) are also available to read at ocdresearch.org. 

If you would like to support OCD research with a financial contribution to our Research Grant Program, please visit iocdf.org/donate.


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