Young Investigator/Fellow Award Guidelines

Applications due: February 28th, 2018 at 5:00pm EST

The International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) is committed to research investigating the causes and treatment of OCD and related disorders. Since the launch of the program in 1994, the IOCDF has awarded over 3.5 million dollars in research grants (to learn more about the IOCDF, please visit Funding for these Young Investigator/Fellow Awards would not be possible without the generosity of Foundation donors, who designate their gift to the Research Fund. One hundred percent of contributions to the Research Fund are used to fund winning projects.


Investigators in graduate school up through five years after finishing their terminal degree. For those who are still in training we need a letter from their mentor at the time of application.


The Principal Investigator is solely responsible for complying with the requirements stated below. Applications not meeting these requirements will not be considered.


Your proposal is limited to 5 pages, not including references. Please use Arial font, size 11, single-spaced, with 0.7 inch margins.

Double-spacing is required between paragraphs. Each paragraph can be single- spaced, as long as there is double-space between them.

Please include the proposal and references as one PDF when uploading your proposal in the grant website. The biosketches will be uploaded separately.

We ask that the proposal application address each of the following points (unless the point is not relevant to the work proposed):

  1. Background (prior work making this proposal reasonable and worthwhile) - no more than a paragraph.
  2. Hypotheses that will be tested
  3. Methods
  4. What is the intended use of the results?
  5. What is the publication plan?
  6. What funding has already been obtained for this proposal, and from what source(s)?
  7. How will the results improve our understanding of:
    • The etiology of OCD, BDD, or HD
    • The epidemiology or clinical picture of OCD, BDD, or HD
    • The pathophysiology of OCD, BDD, or HD or
    • The treatment of OCD, BDD, or HD
  8. Proposed duration of study (12 months recommended).
  9. Name of Applicant Organization
  10. If study involves humans: Copies of the Informed Consent and the Institutional Review Board approvals are required from each site involved, before payment.
  11. If study involves human gene therapy, you must submit a copy of the NIH Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (RAC) review or waiver of review.
  12. Bibliographic references (not included in the 5 page limit. Please upload with proposal as one single PDF.)


In addition, the Principal Investigator (PI) must include:

  • a cover sheet listing the name, address, phone, fax and email of PI as well as the sponsoring institution.
  • an abstract/brief synopsis clearly describing your project in language suitable for the lay readers. You will also copy and paste the abstract in the “submit grant” page under the “abstract” field (1500 character maximum).
  • Biographical Sketches for the Principal Investigator, co-investigators and collaborators (each 4 pages maximum). Please use template provided.
  • A narrative budget justification. Please review Budget Guidelines. Note: Overhead and indirect costs are not awarded.
  • If the PI is still in training, we require a letter of support from their mentor at the time of application. This can be added to the "Detailed Grant Proposal Information" document.
  • Detailed budget for one year. Please use template provided.

The pages consisting of the administrative section does not count toward the five-page proposal page limit.


General Information
Please note that because of limited funds, the IOCDF will only fund a project's direct costs; institutional or departmental overhead costs are not awarded.

IOCDF would prefer not to fund capital equipment. However, equipment that is required solely for the purposes of this project and future projects will be considered. Equipment that is commonly available to researchers such as laptop computers, TV monitors, and digital cameras must be specifically justified in the budget justification and the detailed budget. If equipment is requested, please include information as to how the item(s) will be utilized after the completion of this study.

Travel expenses for study subjects, i.e. parking, bus fare, etc., may be included in the budget. The IOCDF does not generally fund travel expenses for personnel, however, funds to cover expenses related to the attendance of the IOCDF Conference can be requested (see below).

If funding from other sources is supporting this project in any way, please detail that support, including personnel whose salaries may be shared.


Name(s): List all personnel who will be involved on the project during the budget period, regardless of whether salary is requested; include principal investigator.

Role in project & percent of effort: Identify the role of each individual listed on the project. Describe his or her specific functions. For each person note the percent of time to be spent on this project.

Funds Requested

Please total each section.

Salaries: Enter the salary requested for each position. The salary requested is calculated by multiplying the individual's base salary by the percent on the project. A lesser amount may be requested. Fringe benefits may be requested in accordance with your institution's rate.

Supplies: Itemize supplies as separate categories, such as lab ware, office supplies, chemical, etc. If total for a category is over $500, please list examples of items to be purchased. Any single item over $300 should be itemized individually. For particularly expensive items (i.e., certain medications) please indicate purchasing methods to obtain least expensive price.

Equipment: Any single item requested that is $1,000 or more shall be considered equipment.

Travel: Identify specifics (i.e., cost of "coach" airfare) of travel and the reason for the travel for both study subjects and/or study personnel. Note items mentioned above in General Information.

Subject Recruitment and Advertising: Types of costs for recruitment should be specific, i.e., radio advertising, # of advertisements, types of advertising, etc. Payments to study subjects should be described.

Consultants: Justify the use of consultant(s) with specifics as to their role in the project, relationship to investigators, expertise in the field, etc., as well as their estimated hours on the project.

Institutional Review Board: While it is expected that IRB approval will be pursued through your institution and that no funding is necessary, it is recognized that occasionally research may require IRB approval from an independent agency that charges for this service. In these cases, funding will be considered if appropriately documented.


  1. Significance. Does the project address an important problem? How will scientific knowledge, and/or clinical practice be improved with this project?
  2. Investigator(s). Are the investigators qualified to complete this project?
    Investigators in training need to submit a letter from their mentor.
  3. Innovation. Does the application use new methods of treatments? Are the concepts new?
  4. Approach. Is the strategy, methods, and analyses appropriate so that the aims of the project can be reached? Is the study feasible? Are the plans for the protection of human subject reasonable?
  5. Environment. Where will the work be done? Will the institution support and contribute to the success of the investigators?


The following conditions are attached to IOCDF Research Awards:

  1. Upon hearing that you have been awarded a grant, the abstract that was submitted with your application will be published in the summer edition of the OCD Newsletter.
  2. Once the project is completed, a 1,500 word article written by the PI would be included in a future issue of the OCD Newsletter.
  3. All research award winners will be asked to participate in a poster presentation of their research at the Annual IOCDF Conference.
  4. Award recipients will also be asked to present their final project results as part of a panel at a future IOCDF Conference once they have completed the projects.
  5. Award recipients will be expected to include a credit line acknowledging the International OCD Foundation as a funding source on all published materials arising from the IOCDF funded research.
  6. The award is distributed over the course of a 12-month period, in quarterly installments, and that research projects continuing past the 12-month period can submit a formal request for a non-cost extension, which if approved would enable the researchers to continue to use the distributed funds for a second year.
  7. All funding from the IOCDF will be applied only to the project for which the research award was given. Any unused money available at the end of the one-year project must be returned to the IOCDF Research Fund.
  8. Ten days after receipt of the third payment (January 15, 2019), each recipient must send a one-page status report of his/her progress via e-mail.
  9. Within 30 days of receipt of the fourth and final payment, each recipient must send an end of year project report. Once the project is completed, a 1,500 word article written by the PI would be included in a future issue of the OCD Newsletter

More Information
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