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Applications Now Open for Steven H. Sandell Grant Program

Issued by: Center for Retirement Research at Boston College

Date: Nov. 12, 2019

November 11, 2019 -- The Center for Retirement Research sponsors the annual Steven H. Sandell Grant Program for scholars in the field of retirement or disability research and policy. The program is funded by the U.S. Social Security Administration to provide opportunities for junior or non-tenured scholars (within seven years of receiving their Ph.D.) from all academic disciplines to pursue cutting-edge projects on retirement or disability issues.

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Research focal areas include:

  • Trends in disability and survey issues;
  • Informing long-term projections and models;
  • State and local pensions for non-covered workers;
  • Actuarial adjustment of benefits;
  • Economic effects of totalization agreements;
  • Measuring sources of income;
  • Risks and resources in older age;
  • Induced entry;
  • Opioids; and
  • Claimant representatives.

"Virtual Office Hours" Service
The CRR offers the opportunity for potential applicants to ask questions about topics, datasets, and research design. The goal of this service is strengthen the quality of the applications and ensure that proposals closely align with the U.S. Social Security Administration’s research focal areas. Please contact CRR Economist Gal Wettstein during the month of November to take advantage of this service.

Grant Awards
Up to three $45,000 grants are awarded based upon the quality of the applicant’s proposal and the proposed budget. Applicants are required to complete the research outlined in the proposal within one year of the award. Grant recipients may be required to present their work to the Social Security Administration in Washington, DC or Baltimore, MD.

Submission
The deadline for the 2020 Sandell Grant Program is January 31, 2020. Download the proposal guidelines and the budget matrix. Review sample proposals that received awards: Sample 1, Sample 2.

Contact
Please contact Marina Tsiknis with any questions about the Sandell Grant Program at 617-552-1092 or tsiknis@bc.edu.

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