Research & Scholarship at the School of Social Work
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.
The Office of Research and Scholarship
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.
Questions? Please contact Lindsay Wessell in the Office of Research & Scholarship at Lindsay.Wessell@uconn.edu.
UConn School of Social Work 2022 Dean’s Incentive Award
We are seeking clearly written, timely, and promising proposals from investigators for research, scholarly, or planning activity that has strong potential to lead to extramural grant funding. Successful external funding may require applicants to present completed pilot work leading to the proposed activity. It may also require demonstration of scientific productivity through recent publications of peer reviewed articles, book chapters, and monographs. Successful extramural funding applications may also necessitate considerable legwork to identify and convene collaborators and consultants who could potentially enhance the scientific breadth of the proposed scholarly activity.
LOI Deadline: Friday, February 11th, 2022 at 5:00 pm
Application Deadline: Friday, April 8th, 2022 at 5:00 pm
Up to two $5,000 awards will be made.
Grants are open to tenured, tenure track, and research faculty. Faculty awarded Dean’s Incentive funds in 2021 will not be eligible for awards in 2022.
In this year’s call, we give added weight to studies that embed a racial and ethnic equity perspective, in some aspect of the study including: relevant design and data collection, data analysis, and dissemination strategies (see Andrews, et al., 2019 for guidance). We are open to applications that propose collection and/or analysis of qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods data.
For more information, review the RFP.
ORS Vision and Goals
The UConn School of Social Work’s Office of Research and Scholarship promotes the integration of research and scholarship with the core values of the school. ORS is committed to supporting research and scholarship that serves as an engine of growth for the State of Connecticut. We foster research and scholarship that informs policy and practice and that prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Promote and expand research and scholarship activities in collaboration with School of Social Work students, faculty, and staff.
- Connect the school community with extramural support opportunities.
- Raise the UConn SSW research and scholarship profile.
- Assist members of the SSW community with the grants management process (both at submission and after awards are obtained).
- Foster engagement and collaborations between the SSW community members and other scholars, agencies, organizations, and communities.
Funding Resources & Guidance
UConn Grant Preparation & Submission Guidance
UConn Funding Resources
Federal Funding Opportunities
NIH Funding Resources for Social Work Research
- 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, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)
Guidance on Submitting NIH Grants for UConn School of Social Work Faculty
Non-Federal Funding Opportunities
PhD Dissertation Research Funding
Ph.D. External Funding Opportunities
General Research and Dissertation
CSWE Scholarships and Fellowships
CSWE Student Funding Opportunities Database
Gilder Lehrman Fellowships
Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships
NASW Foundation National Scholarship and Fellowship Programs
Doctoral Training Grants in Oncology Social Work
Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation Doctoral Dissertation Grant Program
Geriatric Social Work Initiative
Health and Aging Policy Fellowship
Jane B. Aron Doctoral Fellowship
Social Work HEALS Fellowships