Faculty and graduate students at the UConn School of Social Work conduct research and scholarly work to inform social policy and create knowledge for the future of the profession. Research at the school spans a range of topics: child welfare, violence and trauma, mental health and substance misuse, political participation, and human rights at home and internationally. Utilizing state-of-the-art quantitative and qualitative methods, faculty and graduate students investigate issues here in Connecticut, as well as elsewhere in the United States and abroad. In addition, the school works alongside various Connecticut state agencies including the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and the Office of Early Childhood to conduct research and evaluation projects to advance our community's response to some of the most pressing issues in social work today.

For more on faculty research, click here. For more on state partnerships, click here.

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    Research Advisory: COVID-19

    The Office of Research & Scholarship (ORS) is posting the following advisory in an effort to keep faculty and staff at the School of Social Work up-to-date on the impact COVID-19 may have on current and future research projects:

    ORS will continue to update this section with pertinent information as it becomes available. If you receive information from a funder or funders that you would like to include here to help support colleagues, please send it to Lindsay Wessell at

    Office of Research & Scholarship (ORS)

    Under the direction of Dr. Michael Fendrich, Associate Dean for Research, the UConn School of Social Work's Office of Research & Scholarship (ORS) aims to support faculty in the conduct of both basic and applied research. The goals of ORS are to facilitate research through administrative supports; foster skills development by connecting faculty and students with professional development opportunities; and disseminate faculty research findings and scholarly works to inform policy and practice on a broader scale.

    Questions? Please contact Lindsay Wessell in the Office of Research & Scholarship at

    Funding Resources & Opportunities

    UConn School of Social Work Funding Opportunities

    Office of Research and Scholarship - 2020 Special Call for Proposals

    The Office of Research and Scholarship is inviting applications for pilot funding to support research and scholarship from SSW faculty exploring racism, discrimination, health disparities, and police brutality.

    • Up to $4,000 is available per grant.
    • Tenure track, tenured, and faculty-in-residence are all encouraged to apply.
    • Proposals must engage an SSW MSW or BSW student in the research and scholarship activities.
    • Funded work should result in an article for publication in either a peer-reviewed journal or an edited volume.

    A letter of intent is not required, though applicants are encouraged to talk about their ideas with the Associate Dean for Research prior to submission. 

    Application deadline: Monday, July 20th, 2020.

    For more information, click here.

    Other UConn Funding Resources


    Travel Fund Requests

    UConn Research Excellence Program (REP)

    Federal Funding Opportunities

    Administration for Children and Families (ACF)

    Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

    Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

    Boston College – Directory of NIH Grant Awards for Social Workers

    JCOIN Rapid Innovation Grants

    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

    National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

    National Institutes of Health (NIH RePORTER Database)

    National Institutes of Health (NIH eRA Commons)

    National Institutes of Health Funding for Social Work Faculty

    National Institutes of Health, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)

    National Science Foundation (NSF Funding)

    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    Non-Federal Funding Opportunities

    American Education Research Association

    Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

    Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation

    Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy

    New York Community Trust

    Social Work Resource Network (SWRnet)

    The Wenner-Gren Foundation

    PhD Dissertation Research Funding

    Disability Determination Small Grant Program

    NSF: SBE Dissertation Awards (Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences)

    NIJ: Graduate Research Fellowship Program in Social & Behavioral Sciences

    Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation Doctoral Dissertation Grant Program

    Doris Duke Fellowships for the Promotion of Child Well Being