Research & Scholarship at the School of Social Work

Our nationally and internationally recognized faculty, as well as our graduate students, conduct research and scholarly work to inform social policy and generate 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.

We recently welcomed to our School the Innovations Institute, an interdisciplinary, translational research center, which builds research-based, inclusive, culturally-responsive, and transformative child-, youth-and family-serving systems and services, and develops the capacity of the workforce within these systems.

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

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 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.

Questions? Please contact the Office of Research & Scholarship at

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

      Latest Research News

      Research Collaborations