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UNC School of Social Work researchers submitted 82 proposals during the 2020–2021 academic year. As of July 2, 2021, 48 of these proposals had been awarded funding, totaling $16.9 million.

A few multi-million-dollar awards are listed here:

Project Focus
Grant Funder and Amount
Joy Noel Baumgartner
wellness visits for adolescents (Tanzania)
National Institutes of Health
$3.36 million
Betsy Bledsoe
establishment of a national center for trauma education and workforce development
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA)
$2.99 million
Will Hall
sexual identity development and mental health disparities among sexual minority (LGBTQ+) youth
NIH National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities
$1.52 million
Emily Putnam-Hornstein
families and children with special needs
NC Department of Health and Human Services
$2.02 million
Lisa Zerden
behavioral health services for children and adolescents
HRSA Bureau of Health Workforce
$1.92 million


Researchers at the School also received dozens of smaller awards, ranging from $12,420 to $268,317. Here are a few of the areas on which those projects will focus:

  • kinship care and foster care
  • mental health care in the NC justice system
  • domestic violence
  • binge eating and obesity
  • pregnancy and maternal health
  • financial education and security
  • COVID-19 prevention in refugee populations