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Since 1994, the IOCDF has awarded almost $11 million to researchers through our Research Grant Program. To continue improving scientific and clinical understanding of OCD and related disorders, we are pleased to announce the start of the 2023 Research Grant Program cycle on Tuesday, January 3, 2023. Researchers will have the opportunity to apply for the following grants:

Innovator Awards: Two $300,000 grants for senior researchers pursuing high-risk, high-reward OCD research. Innovator Awards are three-year grants paid in annual installments. Applicants must have at least five years of research experience following the completion of their terminal degree. Eligible research projects must investigate topics in the field of OCD, with a focus on finding a cure for OCD. These may include prevention (i.e., keeping OCD from taking hold) and treatment (i.e., effectively achieving significant reduction in symptoms or remission).

The Innovator Awards are made possible through the generosity of an anonymous donor to the IOCDF.

Young Investigator Awards: Grants of up to $50,000 for early-career researchers pursuing OCD, BDD, hoarding disorder, and related disorders. These awards are disbursed over the course of one year in quarterly installments. These awards are only available to graduate students and researchers with less than five years of research experience following the completion of their terminal degree. They are intended to support career development while making innovative research possible.

One particular area of interest this year (tied to this year’s Research Appeal) is expanding our knowledge of the relationship between neuroinflammation and the sudden onset of OCD, as found in PANDAS/PANS. Other eligible research projects are etiology, epidemiology, pathophysiology, and treatment of OCD and related disorders.

Young Investigator Awards are made possible through the generosity of our many community donors of the IOCDF.

Every grant application that we receive will be evaluated through a peer-review process led by a panel of expert researchers. Through this rigorous method, we ensure that every dollar contributed by donors is directed to the strongest possible research with potentially groundbreaking impact.

Applications will be accepted beginning Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at iocdf.org/research/apply. Complete application instructions, guidelines, and the official 2023 request for proposals (RFP) are now available. The deadline to submit a proposal is Monday, February 27, 2023.

These grants are supported entirely through the generosity of our research donors. Please consider joining them in supporting the next breakthrough in OCD and related disorders research with a financial contribution to our Research Grant Program. Every dollar given is a step forward—please visit iocdf.org/donate-research to help unlock the science behind OCD.


  • Dee

    This is amazing I have to add NOCD is amazing and is one of the biggest wins in my life


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