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Federal Funding of Social Work Research: High Hopes or Sour Grapes?
Social Work (2011)
  • Ken Corvo, Syracuse University
  • Wan-Yi Chen
  • Patrick Selmi

Placed in the historical context of government funding of academic research, this critical analysis identifies the complexities and implications of schools of social work pursuing federal grants for research. Schools of social work with particular organizational characteristics are better able to compete for federal grants, incurring lower opportunity costs than others. The low probability of grant success for most schools, the organizational adaptations needed for success, and the narrow epistemology of many funding programs call into question whether federal funding of research should be considered the sine qua non for academic social work.

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Ken Corvo, Wan-Yi Chen and Patrick Selmi. "Federal Funding of Social Work Research: High Hopes or Sour Grapes?" Social Work Vol. 56 Iss. 3 (2011)
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