COARD Pilot Grants

The Center for OCD, Anxiety and Related Disorders (COARD), with support from the Brooke Professorship and the McKnight Brain Institute at UF, offers funding for pilot projects for trainees and junior faculty who are members of COARD and participating laboratories. Up to $25,000 per proposal is available.  The aim of this funding is to promote pilot research in the field of OCD, anxiety, and related disorders (e.g. hoarding disorder, tic disorders, PTSD, grooming disorders, and body dysmorphic disorder) that will lead to future R01 type applications/awards.  Applications that are not relevant to this content area will not be considered. Up to $75,000 per year is available.


Membership in COARD or participating laboratory (e.g., PGENES, FEAR lab, etc)

Assistant professors, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, medical students, and residents will be given priority—associate professors may also be funded with sufficient rationale.


Please submit the following in a single PDF to David Roberts at

  • Title page: name, title of proposed research, research mentor if applicable
  • Research proposal: specific aims, significance, impact, approach, expected outcomes (two pages maximum)
  • Budget (one year max) Salary for faculty is not allowed as an expense
  • NIH style biosketch for applicant and mentor (if applicable)
  • Other support for the proposed research, if any

Applications will be accepted on July 1st, and November 1st of each year (or the Monday following if the 1st falls on a weekend)

Awards will be made by August 1st, and December 1st of each year

Recipients are expected to submit progress reports every 6 months and to present the results of their work at the COARD seminar series