We are thrilled to announce that in 2018 we will be expanding the IOCDF Research Grant Program to increase our OCD research funding in the next few years. Specifically, due to the immense generosity of long-time Foundation supporters, we now have $1.6 million in guaranteed funding for four studies, within two new categories of research:
- two, OCD research studies at the level of $500,000 in 2018;
- and two, OCD research studies at the level of $300,000 in 2019.
In fact, this funding comes from the same generous donors who have matched our research donations for the past two years. They came up with the idea for the matching donation campaign in the hope that it would inspire an increase in individual giving to our Research Grant Program. This campaign matched dollar for dollar, up to $50,000 in donations from any new donors, as well as those from existing donors who chose to increase their donation from the year before. In both of the previous years, we achieved the full sum of that match!
Today, these donors have guaranteed us this new funding because they want to have a bigger impact in the coming years. This support is vitally important due to the fact that there are very few funding agencies for OCD researchers.
The IOCDF is one of the few funding agencies truly committed to OCD research. In fact, to date, the IOCDF has awarded over $3.5 million in OCD and related disorders research.
Donations to the IOCDF Research Grant Program in its current form comes from all of you: private donors of the Foundation who have a particular interest in funding research. For the past several years, this support has allowed us to fund three grants per year, ranging from $35-$50K each. The projects that are funded by the IOCDF are typically led by junior investigators, who are using this funding to run pilot projects. Upon completing these pilot projects, the junior researchers can then approach a larger funding body (such as the NIMH) and request larger grants, which they will use to investigate their theories at a higher level. While the IOCDF research grant program rewards junior investigators, and helps to encourage them to stay in the field, we need to do more. We need to develop a program that not only attracts outstanding researchers to the OCD field but one that keeps them there. As such, the goal of expanding the Research Grant Program is to fund studies large enough to increase the likelihood that we can address even bigger questions — questions about how and why OCD develops, and how we can better treat OCD with the goal of eliminating symptoms completely. With that in mind, here is what the program’s new structure will look like:
- Young Investigator Awards: The current IOCDF Research Grant Fund, with our current donor pool, will transition into a yearly award for investigators in graduate school up through five years after finishing their terminal degree.
- These will be three, $35K-$50K awards, and each will be paid out over the course of one year.
- Grants would be available for research projects aimed at understanding the causes of OCD, treatment for OCD, pediatric OCD, PANDAS/PANS, BDD research, and hoarding disorder research.
- Innovator Awards: Thanks to our new donations, these will be available to put toward Research Grant Awards for investigators with 5+ years of experience following completion of their terminal degree.
- Two, $300K grants will be awarded in 2018 and will be paid out in three installments over three years.
- These awards would be given to fund OCD research only. In particular, research investigating a cure for OCD. Note, this research could focus on topics spanning from prevention (i.e., keeping OCD from taking hold), to treatment (i.e., once symptoms begin, can treatment reduce them as close as possible to zero).
- Break Through Awards: These will also be funded by our new donations and will go toward Research Grant Awards for investigators with 5+ years of experience following completion of their terminal degree.
- Two, $500K grants would be awarded in 2018 and will be paid out in three installments over three years.
- These awards would be given to fund OCD research only. In particular, research investigating a cure for OCD. As noted above, this research could focus on topics spanning from prevention (i.e., keeping OCD from taking hold), to treatment (i.e., once symptoms begin, can treatment reduce them as close as possible to zero)
If you are a current donor to our Research Grant Program, please consider providing ongoing support. And, if you have never been a research donor, we hope this might motivate you to consider supporting research into the causes and treatment of OCD and related disorders. All the content on our websites as well as our educational materials are informed by research. Please help us to continue to advance our understanding about how to help everyone affected by OCD and related disorders.