Scanlan Center for School Mental Health
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Recent Findings

Requests for Proposals (RFPs)

Our Center is committed to building capacity for immediate and future delivery of school-based mental health supports through rigorous, targeted research. By offering research funding opportunities, we can maximize impact for our state’s schools, educators, and students.

Proposals submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. Contact Gerta Bardhoshi, Director of Research and Training, at with questions.

Critical Research in School Mental Health Projects: Graduate Research Assistant Application

The research mission of the Scanlan Center for School Mental Health is to conduct and promote research focused on the prevention and treatment of social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health concerns of PreK-12 students and educators in the state of Iowa. As part of this effort, we are committed to supporting critical research on school mental health services, practices, and outcomes with relevance to implementation in Iowa.

The Center is awarding research grants that fund one (half-time or quarter-time) graduate research assistant to support related research projects of University of Iowa faculty members. Rolling applications. 

  • Applications Open: October 12, 2022
  • Full Proposal Deadline: May 15, 2023

Application Materials

Graduate Student Conference Funding Opportunity

Are you University of Iowa College of Education graduate student presenting school mental health research at a conference during the Spring 2023 semester? Apply to have your conference costs funded!

The Scanlan Center for School Mental Health is offering up to $1,500 for costs related to conference attendance. Funds can be applied to registration, travel, poster printing, etc.

To be eligible for funding, your research must relate to the social, emotional, behavioral, or psychological well-being of children, families, and educators. Rolling applications accepted.

  • Applications Open: January 23, 2023
  • Full Proposal Deadline: May 15, 2023

Application Materials

Closed RFPs

School Mental Health Research Grant

From April 1 – May 23, 2022, the Scanlan Center for School Mental Health (formerly the Iowa Center for School Mental Health) accepted qualified research funding proposals that supported interventions to improve social, emotional, behavioral, or psychological outcomes in PreK-12 schools. Proposed research focused on students, caregivers, or education professionals including teachers, or school mental health providers at the PreK-12 level.

Eligible applicants included Institutes of Higher Education (IHE), non-profit organizations (as designated a 501(c)(3)), school districts, and AEAs located in the state of Iowa.

In June 2022, the Center awarded $1 million in research grants to four project teams from Iowa State University (2), Northern Iowa University (1), and the University of Iowa (1). Each project is two years and will run from July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2024.

Click here for a full list of funded projects.