About Steven H. Sandell

The Center for Retirement Research sponsors the annual Steven H. Sandell Grant Program for scholars in the field of retirement research and policy. The program is funded by the U.S. Social Security Administration to provide opportunities for junior scholars or senior scholars in a new area from all academic disciplines to pursue cutting-edge projects on retirement income issues. Priority areas include:

• Social Security

• Macroeconomic analyses of Social Security

• Wealth and retirement income

• Program interactions

• International research

• Demographic research

Grant Awards

Up to five grants of $45,000 are awarded based upon the quality of the applicant’s proposal and his or her 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.


The 2017 Sandell Grant Program deadline is January 31, 2017. Download the proposal guidelines and the budget matrix to prepare for this year’s application. Review sample proposals that received awards: Sample 1, Sample 2.

“Virtual Office Hours” Service

For the first time, the CRR is offering 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 Social Security Administration’s priority interest areas. Please contact CRR Economist Matt Rutledge during the month of November to take advantage of this service.


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

Previous Awardees

2016 Sandell Grant Program Recipients

2015 Sandell Grant Program Recipients

2014 Sandell Grant Program Recipients

2013 Sandell Grant Program Recipients

2012 Sandell Grant Program Recipients

2011 Sandell Grant Program Recipients

2010 Sandell Grant Program Recipients

2009 Sandell Grant Program Recipients

2008 Sandell Grant Program Recipients

2007 Sandell Grant Program Recipients

Where are they now?

See what our previous awardees have done since receiving their grants.