2021 Research Grant Program RFP

Mission Statement

The mission of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) is to help those affected by obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders to live full and productive lives. Our aim is to increase access to effective treatment through research and training, foster a hopeful and supportive community for those affected by OCD and the professionals who treat them, and fight stigma surrounding mental health issues.

IOCDF Research Grant Program

In support of its mission, the IOCDF makes annual grant awards to research scientists seeking to advance scientific understanding of OCD and related disorders, improve existing therapies, and discover new and more effective treatments. Since 1994, the IOCDF’s Research Grant Program has awarded $7 million in funding support to researchers around the world.

2021 Research Grant Awards

The generosity of the IOCDF’s donors has allowed for us to offer over $750,000 in research funding in 2021 through two grant types: the Michael Jenike Young Investigator Awards, and the Innovator Awards.

Innovator Awards:

The generosity of the IOCDF’s donors has allowed for us to offer over $750,000 in research funding in 2021 through two grant types: the Michael Jenike Young Investigator Awards, and the Innovator Awards.

Michael Jenike Young Investigator Awards:

These are grants of up to $50,000 each, disbursed over the course of one year in quarterly installments. They support promising young investigators who are developing their careers while pursuing creative and impactful research projects on OCD and related disorders across a range of disciplines. To be eligible for funding, researchers must be investigating OCD and related disorders (OCD, including pediatric OCD; PANS/PANDAS; hoarding disorder; body dysmorphic disorder; or body focused repetitive behaviors). Eligible applicants must be current graduate students, or must have completed their residency or their PhD (or equivalent) on or after September 1, 2016. Applicants who are still in training must submit a letter from their mentor with their application.

The term for the Jenike Awards is one year. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the disruption that it has caused to research activities at many institutions, we will grant all 2021 Jenike Award recipients an automatic one year no-cost extension, for a completion date of August 30, 2023.

The maximum award is $50,000. However, applications that require less than this level of funding support are welcome. If you are pursuing a smaller project that requires less than $50,000, we encourage you to apply and request the appropriate funding amount in your application.

Jenike Awards – Race, Ethnicity, and Culture Category

Through the generous partnership of our affiliate OCD Jacksonville, the IOCDF has established 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. All Jenike Award applicants who propose projects in these research areas are eligible. Awards made in this category will be part of the Jenike Award program and subject to the same terms, eligibility, and application requirements. Applications of up to $50,000 are welcome, including applications for smaller projects requiring significantly less funding support.

Review Process and Funding Decisions

All grant applications that comply with program guidelines (see ocdresearch.org) will be assigned two or three reviewers from our expert panel. These reviewers will score the application and provide written comments.

Reviewers will evaluate each proposal on several criteria, including: strength of the proposal’s research design; its potential impact; the strength of the institutional environment(s) where the research will take place; the strength of the PI’s experience and their potential to make future contributions to the field; and, if applicable, the proposal’s compliance with the IOCDF’s Inclusion Policy for Pre-clinical and Clinical Research, and the strength of the plan to include women and members of racial and ethnic minority groups in the proposed study. Reviewers will also be asked to consider the intent described in this RFP and to consider how well-aligned proposals are with that intent.

The top-scoring applications from the initial round will advance to the second round, where they will be discussed and rated by the full reviewer panel. Ratings from this round, as well as comments received during the initial round, will be used to advise the IOCDF Board of Directors, who will make all final funding decisions.

Application Guidelines

Please carefully review the application guidelines before submitting your proposal. International applicants are welcomed and encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Grant applications will be accepted beginning on Monday, January 4, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. EST via our online application system on this website (visit ocdresearch.org/grants on this date for a link to the application portal). The application deadline is Monday, March 1, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. EST.