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Non-NIH Grants

Foundation Proposals

In addition to NIH, common sources of funds for research are private foundations and organizations.

Download an alphabetical list of the top 100 foundations that fund research relevant to social work, links to their web pages, financial information on their assets and the amount of money they award per year.

Download a list of the top 100 non-profit foundations that fund research relevant to social work ranked in order of amount given, links to their web pages, financial information on their assets and the amount of money they award per year.

Download a list of the top 10 non-profit foundations that fund research relevant to social work ranked in order of amount given, links to their web pages, financial information on their assets and the amount of money they award per year.

Download a description of the Corporate and Foundations Relations group at NYU that assists with developing relationships with foundations. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Proposals

The CDC is a major component of the Department of Health and Human Services. A primary function of it is to increase the health security of the United States. It conducts critical science and provides health information that protects the United States against dangerous health threats. It is organized into 15 centers, institutes and offices. It supports research on a wide range of health matters, including behavioral science research related to health, including adolescent problem behaviors and preventive health, broadly defined, for a wide range of diseases and health problems. The process for applying to the CDC for grant funding is distinct from other funding sources. The CDC does not accept unsolicited applications. Instead it issues requests for applications. Each ‘Request for Applications’ has specific requirements. There is not a specific application process and/or a prototype.

View relevant RFAs for the CDC as well as all government funding agencies. Go to the main web page of the CDC. Go to the main grants page of the CDC.

Additional Funding Sources for Social Work Research

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.

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