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IOCDF Research Grants Submissions will be accepted January 2, 2014 to February 28, 5pm EST, 2014.

To submit a proposal and for additional information and submission guidelines go to the IOCDF Research Grants Site

If you have additional questions, please contact Barbara Rosemberg at 

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About Our Research Grants 

  • The IOCDF awards grants to investigators whose research focuses on the nature, causes and treatment of OCD and related disorders.
  • The IOCDF has a long history of funding projects for both junior and senior investigators.   We are hoping that many junior investigators will apply this year as grant from us will help build their research programs and keep them interested in studying the field of OCD and related disorders. 

  • Senior  investigators may also ask for grant funding for projects that would provide pilot data for future larger scale federal grant applications.

  • Since 1994, over $2,700,000 in research grants have been awarded.

  • The money to fund these awards is donated by our members and friends of the Foundation.

  • 100% of donations to the IOCDF Research Fund are used on grant awards.  Donate to the IOCDF Grant fund below. 
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International OCD Foundation
2011 Grant Award Recipients


The International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) is committed to finding and promoting effective treatment for everyone with OCD. Research is vital to understanding more about OCD and related disorders and as a way of improving treatment. Since 1994, the IOCDF has funded over a million dollars in research. Research money comes from generous donors within the IOCDF community and this year a total over $135,000 was raised. Thank you to all who contributed!

This year the IOCDF received 37 proposals which were reviewed by the Grant Review Committee led by Sabine Wilhelm, PhD., Vice Chair of the IOCDF Scientific Advisory Board. Recommendations by this committee were submitted to the IOCDF Board of Directors who made the final selection. Thank you to all who contributed their time and energy. Below is a list of the winners and a brief description of each study:

Combining Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Exposure and Response Prevention to Enhance Treatment Engagement 

Michael Twohig, PhD, Assistant Professor,
Utah State University
Award Amount: $50,344 

The goal of this proposal is to increase the acceptability and client engagement in Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP). Recent research has shown that Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), without in-session exposure, is an effective treatment for OCD, and it has high acceptability and low refusal and drop-out rates. Research has also shown that procedures taken from ACT can increase engagement in exposures for anxiety disorders. Still, the most logical way for ACT to be implemented for OCD is within an exposure framework. Based on past research, it appears that conducing ACT within an ERP framework should result in high levels of treatment engagement and high acceptability. This study will treat 60 adults with ACT using either traditional ERP or ACT+ERP. Investigators will look at levels of treatment engagement (i.e., number of exposures, how well were exposures attempted, how much response prevention occurred?), and acceptability. If treatment engagement and acceptability can be increased, it is likely that greater improvement could be seen in OCD reduction in a larger study. This is a collaborative cross-site study with leading ACT (Dr. Twohig) and ERP (Dr. Abramowitz) researchers.

Internet-delivered EX/RP for early-onset OCD: A pilot feasibility trial 

Jonathan S. Comer, PhD, Co-Director of Research, Child Program
Boston University, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders
Award Amount: $38,600 

Early-onset OCD (i.e., onset < 9 years) has been observed, with earlier onset associated with a more complex and intractable course in adulthood. Earlier onset symptoms exhibit considerable stability, are associated with profound disability, and confer sizable risk for later life psychopathology and reduced quality of life. Effective early intervention is critical, although, despite progress in supported programs, gaps persist between treatment in experimental settings and services available in the community. Inadequate numbers of professionals trained in evidence-based programs impinge on availability of care. Cost and transportation issues further constrain access. Youth from low-income or remote communities are particularly unlikely to receive effective treatments. Technological innovations can overcome traditional barriers to care. In the treatment of early OCD, such innovative methods may overcome geographical barriers to care by extending the availability of expert services and addressing regional workforce shortages in care. Families dwelling in underserved regions can participate in real-time treatment conducted by experts, regardless of geographic proximity to an expert OCD clinic. Treating families in their natural settings can overcome issues of space, transportation, and convenience that traditionally hinder treatment accessibility. Moreover, delivering treatment directly to families in their homes may extend treatment relevance, as treatments are delivered in the very context in which many symptoms occur. Given support for CBT for early OCD, establishing the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of an Internet format is a critical step in the evaluation of new technologies and their potential for offsetting the debilitating course of early OCD. The present objective is to develop a real-time, Internet-delivered treatment protocol for early onset OCD in youth ages 4-8, and to evaluate via randomized design the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of enrolling, retaining, and treating children with the modified format relative to those treated with in-office family-based treatment for early childhood OCD.

The Frequency of Oscillations in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder 

Elana Harris, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor,
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Award Amount: $50,000 

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a debilitating neuropsychiatric disorder with a lifetime prevalence of up to 3% in the general population. Aberrant circuitry within cortical-striatal-thalamic-cortical loops has been widely hypothesized to underlie the symptoms of OCD, but our understanding of the pathophysiology of OCD and communication among these structures has been hampered by temporal limitations of imaging modalities. We intend to use magnetoencephalography (MEG) and advanced signal analysis to complement prior functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) studies of OCD. Recordings will be made while healthy subjects and subjects with OCD view blocks of neutral and symptom-provocative images. We will track the time of activation and detect differences in the relative power of frequency bandwidths when we compare patients with healthy subjects. This will allow us to follow the spread of neuronal activity in patients with OCD. Our findings may guide the design of future treatments by indicating the location and frequency at which to stimulate brain regions with transcranial magnetic stimulation.


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