Social work educators are among the first to become aware of emerging social problems. Their students, who are exposed to direct practical experience with diverse clients and agencies, bring these issues to their attention. New knowledge and its application to social services develop fairly quickly. Two factors, however, inhibit qualitative and quantitative exploration of this new knowledge and its dissemination: the expense of undertaking pilot studies and the cost of preparing manuscripts for publication. When funds to meet these expenses are made available, new knowledge for education and the delivery of social services can be tested and dissemination facilitated.

The mission of the Silberman Fund Faculty Grant Program (FGP) is to support the systematic investigation of innovations in social work practice, policy and education. Its objective is to encourage full-time faculty of CSWE accredited MSW programs to contribute to the knowledge base and methodology employed in the education process by undertaking research and preparing professional journal and book publications.

© 2003 The Lois and Samuel Silberman Fund
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