The EMDR Europe Association is funding clinical and basic Research Programs.

EMDR Europe supports research with yearly grants in the field of EMDR with a current priority of pilot randomized controlled trials for the treatment of psychological trauma and other comorbid psychiatric disorders.

Apply by March 30, 2024 at 23:59 PM and send to Only proposals sent by this date will be considered. EMDR Europe sponsors trials only in the EU.

Grant approval notifications will be mailed in July. It is the policy of EMDR Europe to provide no feedback on applications, other than funding notification.

Funding is up to 15’000 EUR per project, for a maximum of 2 years. Research projects not supported by academic institutions, nor health authorities, may be oriented by the EMDR Europe Research Ethics Committees.


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Grants awarded by EMDR Europe

  • 2023 Bologna

    Total Awarded 54000 Euros

    Luca Ostacoli
    Neurobiological effects of EMDR as compared to CBT for the treatment of Depression: emotional processing and autonomic response evaluation; € 15.000

    Alessandra Minelli
    Effectiveness of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy for borderline personality disorder: a single-blind randomized controlled trial in a real-world clinical setting of care; € 11.000

    Sara Bertelli
    Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) versus Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in the treatment of Anorexia Nervosa: randomized clinical trial; € 15.000

    Matteo Panero
    EMDR Psychotherapy in an Eating Disorder Center. A RCT in comparison with Psychodynamic Psychotherapy; € 13.000

  • 2022 Valencia

    Total Awarded 43000 Euros

    Jonathan Lee
    A model of bilateral alternating  stimulation of traumatic memory reprocessing in rats; €10.000

    Laia Miquel de Montagut
    What works and why? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing as a potential treatment for Substance Use Disorders; €9.000

    Anna Torres Giménez
    Effectiveness of an EMDR intervention for the prevention of post-traumatic symptoms in perinatal loss; €7.500

    Maria Chiara Oprandi
    Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Integrative Group Treatment Proto- col (EMDR-IGTP) Applied to Caregivers of Children With Pediatric Brain Tumor: a Feasibility study and a Pilot Randomized Group Treatment Trial; € 9.000

    Raquel Correia
    Feasibility and Acceptability of an Early Enhanced-Eye Movement Desensitization and eprocessing (EMDR). Group intervention post-sexual assault: A randomized controlled trial (RCT); €7.500

  • 2021

    Total Awarded 50000 Euros

    Ana Moreno-Alcázar (Spain)
    Study on the neural mechanism underlying HPA axis regulation and anxiety-reducing effects of EMDR using an animal model of maternal deprivation; € 12.500

    Carlijn de Roos (The Netherlands)
    The effectiveness of EMDR in young children (1,5 to 8 years) with PTSD; € 12.500

    Corine Paauw (The Netherlands)
    Multi-site randomised controlled trial of Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing for adolescents with Major Depressive Disorder; € 12.500

    Karin Slotema (The Netherlands)
    Cost-effectiveness of trauma.focused EMDR for patients with personality disorder; € 12.500

  • 2020

    Total Awarded 39000 Euros

    Prof. Gianluca Castelnuovo (Italy)
    The EMDR for EATING DISORDERS (BED) study (BEmDr study): a large scale randomized controlled clinical trial of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and EMDR in patients with obesity and binge-eating disorder referred to a residential nutritional rehabilitation; € 15.000

    Dr. Rinaldo Livio Perri (Italy)
    COVID-19, isolation, quarantine: a RCT study on the internet-based EMDR as the earliest aid for the ongoing trauma; € 7.000

    Dr. Joaquim Soler (Spain)
    A pilot randomized-controlled study of dialectical behavioral skills training plus EMDR for borderline personality disorder and trauma; € 17.000

  • 2019 Krakow

    Total Awarded 75000 Euros

    Dr. Sjacko Sobczak (The Netherlands)
    Trauma and Dementia (TRADE); € 20.000

    Dr. Francesco Pagnini (Italy)
    Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing for Clients with Multiple Sclerosis in comorbidity with Depression: A Pilot Study; € 20.000

    Ana Moreno-Alcázar (Spain)
    A phase II rater-blinded randomized controlled trial to compare the effectiveness of Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing therapy versus treatment as usual in patients with severe mental disorder and comorbidity of substance use disorder, and history of psychological trauma; € 20.000

    Prof. Christoph Müller-Pfeiffer (Switzerland)
    EMDR Treatment in PTSD Following Acute Coronary Syndromes; € 15.000

  • 2018 Strasbourg

    Total Awarded 75000 Euros

    Ana Moreno-Alcázar (Spain)
    Pilot single blind, randomized controlled study of EMDR versus TAU in inpatients with severe mental disorders and psychological trauma; € 15.000

    Alessandra Minelli (Italy)
    Transcriptional and miRNA signatures associated to the efficacy of the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy in Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD) in-patients; € 15.000

    Marianne Littel (The Netherlands)
    Improving addiction-focused EMDR: a reconsolidation-based approach; € 15.000

    Sara Carletto (Italy)
    Early psychotherapeutic intervention after childbirth trauma: comparison between EMDR and Supportive Expressive Dynamic Psychotherapy; € 15.000

    Benedikt Amann (Spain)
    Prevalence of psychological trauma in patients with a recent diagnosis of HIV and the efficacy of EMDR therapy versus TAU in a pilot RCT in clinical symptoms and biological markers of HIV; € 15.000

  • 2017 Barcelona

    Total Awarded 69200 Euros

    Farrell Derek (UK)
    Group Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Trauma Focus) versus EMDR Therapy (GTEP) Group Intervention in Adult Trauma Populations in Kurdistan, Northern Iraq: A Randomised Control Study; € 10.000

    Fumagalli Monica (Italy)
    Taking care of the primary attachment relationship in a maternity ward: the EMDR intervention with acute childbirth trauma; € 7.000

    Khalfa Stephanie (France)
    Effects of REM sleep modulation by EMDR therapy on cerebral metabolism; € 7.000

    Passoni Serena  (Italy)
    Effectiveness and applicability of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Integrative Group Treatment Protocol (EMDR-IGTP) for the reduction of psychological distress in caregiver of patients with dementia. A single-blind, randomized controlled trial; € 10.200

    Ruggeri Mirella (Italy)
    Efficacy of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (emdr) plus broad form of enhanced cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT-eb) in patients with eating disorders. a randomized controlled trial; € 25.000

    Ten Hoor Nina (The Netherlands)
    EMDR and Exhibitionism: A Randomized Controlled Trial on Reducing Deviant Sexual Arousal; € 10.000

  • 2016 Den Haag

    Total Awarded 26000 Euros

    Minelli Alessandra (Italy)
    Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy in Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD) in-patients: clinical and biomarkers efficacy; 9.000 €

    Ostacoli  Luca (Italy)
    Neurobiological processing of emotions in Major Depression: comparing the effects of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and Anti-Depressant Medication; 10.000 €

    Pawils Silke (Germany)
    Feasibility and Effectiveness of EMDR group therapy for traumatized refugee preschoolers – a cluster randomized Before-and-after study to assess practicability and pre-post changes in PTSD symptoms of the EMDR Integrative Group Treatment protocol adapted to the kindergarten setting; 7.000 €

  • 2015 Milan

    Total Awarded 37000 Euros

    Thomas Borsato (Milan, Italy)
    Changes in brain connectivity and plasticity during and after EMDR treatment: a TMS-EEG, tDCS and fMRI study; € 4.000

    Nicolas Cazenave (Toulouse, France)
    Recovering autobiographical memory in soldiers suffering from PTSD: applicability and effectiveness of Eye Movement Desensitization and
    Reprocessing (EMDR); € 3.000

    Alessandra Minelli (Brescia, Italy)
    EMDR Therapy in Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD) in-patients: clinical and biomarker efficacy; € 8.000

    Christoph Mueller-Pfeiffer (Zurich, Switzerland)
    Blocking Memory Reconsolidation by EMDR; € 9.000

    Serena Passoni (Milan, Italy)
    Effectiveness and applicability of EMDR-Integrative Group Treatment Protocol (EMDR-IGTP) for the reduction of psychological distress in care giver of patient with dementia A single-blind randomized control trial; € 7.000

    Cristina Trentini (Rome, Italy)
    EMDR affects neural processing of emotions in children with complex trauma; An hdEEG study; € 6.000

  • 2014 Edinburgh

    Total Awarded 31000 Euros

    Emilia Kaczvinszky (Hungary)
    Early intervention for traumatically injured patients in traumatological hospital: A prospective controlled trial; € 10.000

    Trudy Mooren (The Netherlands)
    A randomized comparison of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and waiting list in traumatized refugee children; € 5.000

    Benedikt Amann, Ramon Landin Romero (Spain)
    Comparison of a novel EMDR bipolar protocol/supportive therapy: A multicenter single blind randomized controlled trial; € 6.000

    Stephanie Khalfa (France)
    Role of bilateral alternate stimulations in EMDR treatment: an fMRI experiment; € 7.000

    Thomas Borsato (Italy)
    Changes in brain connectivity and plasticity during and after EMDR treatment: a TMS-EEG and fMRI study; € 3.000

  • 2013 Geneva

    Total Awarded 23200 Euros

    Iva Bicanic (The Netherlands)
    Early EMDR Intervention to prevent PTSD in rape victims; a randomized control trial; € 20.000

    Derek Farrell (UK)
    Effectiveness of bilateral stimulations in EMDR phase 2 “safe place exercise”, in relation to vividness, emotionality and heart rate variability: Randomized controlled trial; € 1.200

    Zoï Kapoula (France)
    Publication cost of a paper “EMDR and Neurophysiological mechanisms; € 2.000

  • 2012 Madrid

    Total Awarded 11000 Euros

    Trudy Mooren and Carljin de Roos (The Netherlands)
    EMDR treatment of refugee children; € 7.000

    Claire Chailleux and Stephanie Kahlfa (France)
    Brain mechanisms of EMDR; € 4.000

  • 2011 VIENNA

    Total Awarded 8000 Euros

    Benedikt Amann and Patricia Novo (Spain)
    BET-study of EMDR in bipolar patients; € 5.000

    Zoï Kapoula et Stephanie Hanoteau (France)
    EMDR and eye movement working neurophysiological mechanisms; € 3.000