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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.

To date RDoC funding opportunity announcements have not been intended to support treatment evaluation projects, which are encompassed by several NIMH Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) specific to clinical trials. Applications submitted in response to one of these NIMH clinical trials FOAs need not necessarily conform to RDoC principles, but in some cases, formulation of a clinical trial according to RDoC principles might be particularly advantageous. In addition, a psychopathology project that includes an intervention vehicle primarily to manipulate some hypothesized RDoC mechanism might be acceptable.

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