International OCD Foundation: Grants for Mental Health

OVERVIEW: The International OCD Foundation (IODCF) awards research grants toward improving effective treatments as well as building a better understanding of OCD and related disorders.  

IP TAKE: The foundation doesn’t award a large number of these grants annually, so grantseekers should expect a good deal of competition when seeking funding from this organization. 

PROFILE: Founded in 1986 by a small group of people suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), the International OCD Foundation's mission is to help people with “OCD and related disorders to live full and productive lives.” The foundation awards grants to improve and increase access to effective treatments, end prejudicial attitudes associated with mental health in general, and foster inclusive communities for those affected by OCD.

IOCDF’s Research Grant program hasn’t been around as long as the foundation itself, but it has the same mission: improving treatment and building a better understanding of OCD and related disorders. The foundation supports researchers who are studying the “nature, causes, and treatment of OCD and related disorders.” IOCDF encourages junior investigators to apply for research grants, as well as senior level researchers generating pilot data needed to obtain future federal funding.

IOCDF research grants typically fall in the $30,000 to $50,000 range. The foundation supports a wide variety of OCD and OCD-related research, including the study of young people with OCD who don't respond to treatments, and the development of effective pharmaceutical and psychological treatments for body dysmorphic disorder. A list of recent grant recipients is available here.

The foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications, usually at the beginning of each year, with submissions due by the end of February.

PEOPLE: 

  • Jeff Szymanski, Executive Director 

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