International OCD Foundation: Grants for Mental Health

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

IP TAKE: The foundation does not award a large number of these grants annually, so grant seekers should expect a good deal of competition when seeking funding. 

PROFILE: Founded in 1986 by a small group of people suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), the International OCD Foundation seeks 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 supports 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.

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