There are numerous additional sources of funding for social work research.
National Science Foundation (NSF) –Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences. NSF has opportunities for social work researchers under its division of Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE). You can apply for these opportunities using the NSF General Grant Proposal Guide. In addition, the Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) is akin to an NIH R21 grants and may be a suitable funding mechanism for exploratory work.
Health and Human Services. The Federal Government has many funding opportunities other than NIH, including from the Department of Health and Human Services. Most of these opportunities can be found on the website grants.gov. Within DHHS, the Administration for Children and Families has a discretionary funding program that supports a wide range of research relevant to social work.
New York Community Trust. The New York Community Trust provides two unique opportunities for social work researchers, offering up to 20K for a one year project or 40K for a two-year project. The Silberman Fund Faculty Grant Program supports projects to advance social knowledge and education, and has unique funding themes each year. The FAHS-Beck Fund for research and experimentation funds research on developing, evaluating or disseminating interventions in the U.S. or Canada.
Council on Social Work Education. The Council on Social Work Education generally offers student funding opportunities, but also has a Scholars Program which funds faculty projects, for both junior and senior faculty. They particularly seek faculty looking to supplement sabbatical funding.
Social Work Research Network (SWRnet). Boston University’s SWRnet listserv is a good resource for social work research opportunities. Sign up for the listserv. SWRnet also is a good source for learning about upcoming conferences and to disseminate your work and major research reports that have just been published.
Wenner-Gren Foundation. Wenner-Gren Foundation has two funding streams for faculty: Post PhD Research Grants, which offer up to 20K to faculty two times per year for a project of your choosing, though they encourage comparative work; and International Collaborative Research Grants, which offer up to 30K for projects that bring researchers together for multiple global perspectives.
Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is authorized by Congress to conduct research to provide information about the best available evidence to help patients and their health care providers make more informed decisions. PCORI’s research is intended to give patients a better understanding of the prevention, treatment and care options available, and the science that supports those options. See the home page PCORI that has a link for funding opportunities.