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.

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

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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

    Funding Resources & Guidance

      UConn Grant Preparation & Submission Guidance

      UConn Sponsored Program Services: An Overview

      UConn Sponsored Program Services Website

      Sponsored Program Services: Pre-Award Information

      Sponsored Program Services: Post-Award Information

      Sponsored Program Services: Policies & Procedures

      UConn Funding Resources

      UConn Library Grants Guide

      UConn Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) Internal Funding Opportunities

      UConn Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) Seed Grants and Awards

      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

      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

      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