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RDoC Funding Opportunities

Part of the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) initiative, these funding opportunities seek research grant applications designed to develop innovative ways of understanding mental disorders in clinical studies on the basis of neuroscience, and behavioral measures rather than traditional diagnostic categories.

Types of RDoC Grants:

As with all NIH grant applications, RDoC grant applications can be submitted as part of:

  1. Investigator Initiated Applications:
    NIMH welcomes applications on projects of interest to RDoC without a current RDoC FOA. Please contact the NIMH RDoC Unit at for more information.
  2. Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs):
    Here, applications are solicited on specific topics, in this case RDoC. For a listing of previous and current RDoC FOAs, see below.

A list of grants funded under these RDoC Funding Opportunity Announcements is available here.

Applications proposing treatment development research using RDoC principles should be submitted under one of the NIMH FOAs to address the safety, efficacy, and effectiveness of preventive, therapeutic, and services interventions.

For Frequently Asked Questions about writing RDoC grants, please visit here.