Research Resources

The Office of Scholarship and Research provides faculty and staff with a range of resources and supports to facilitate robust research and scholarship opportunities. These includes resources and guidance that the University provides, federal funding opportunities, non-federal funding opportunities, Ph.D. dissertation research funding, and Ph.D. external funding opportunities.

AY 22-23 Internal Funding Opportunities

  • Dean’s Incentive Award: SSW Research Teams Development
    • Focus: Encourages the development of research teams with high potential for securing external funding through activities such as, but not limited to, an external-facing conference to develop special series publications; demonstration programs; community-academic partnership activities; an infographic to disseminate research findings; pilot study research; a high-impact systematic review or meta-analysis; or an external grant application.
    • Scope: We will provide three awards of up to $5,000 each.
    • Deadline: Rolling
  • Dean’s Incentive Award: Large Grant Program
    • Focus: Seeks proposals from full-time SSW faculty investigators for research and scholarship that have strong potential to lead to extramural grant funding.
    • Scope: We will provide funding for up to two awards between $10K and $20K each.
    • Deadline: Rolling
  • Scholars in Aging: Seed Funding Opportunity
    • Focus: Seeks proposed studies broadly related to aging and gerontology.
    • Scope: Up to $4,000 for one award.
    • Deadline: Rolling
  • Course Release Program for External Funding Submissions
    • Focus: Provides a framework to encourage external funding by creating a program offering a single course release over an academic year. The program is designed to advance SSW faculty research and scholarship. Faculty must submit a grant proposal or contract an off-campus grant or agency within one year of the start of the project period. Projects with research, teaching, or training aims are eligible.
    • Scope: Minimum across all project years is ≥ $100K.
    • Deadline: Rolling; must be submitted three months before the beginning of the semester in which the course release will be requested. Faculty should complete the Course Release Request Form and submit the application components to   
  • Office of Research & Scholarship Development Fund Opportunity
    • Focus: Funds primarily grant funding and dissemination activities including but not limited to copy-editing, methodological/statistical consultation, writing retreats, and other relevant resources.
    • Scope: Up to $2,000 per request.
    • Deadline: Rolling
  • Office of Research & Scholarship External Mentor Program
    • Focus: Fosters research and scholarship development by providing funding support to SSW faculty to build and sustain mentoring relationships with senior scholars external to the University of Connecticut.
    • Scope: External mentors receive an honorarium of $500 per year for up to two years. Funding in the second year will be contingent upon the continuation of the mentor-mentee relationship.
    • Deadline: Rolling

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.

Award Amount:
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.

Key Considerations:
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.

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)

National Science Foundation (NSF Funding)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

NIH Funding Resources for Social Work Research

Guidance on Submitting NIH Grants for UConn School of Social Work Faculty

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

Ph.D. External Funding Opportunities


CSWE Minority Fellowship Program for Doctoral Students
Minority Dissertation Fellowship Program in Education Research
Research Scholars Program

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
Ford Foundation


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


Eileen Blackey Doctoral Fellowship
Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy


GADE Student Award for Teaching in Social Work
GADE Student Award for Leadership & Service
Minority Dissertation Fellowship Program in Education Research


GADE Student Award for Social Work 


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

Criminal Justice

Graduate Research Fellowship Program in the Social and Behavioral Sciences