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. Research focal areas include:

  • Trends in disability;
  • Determining disability;
  • Requirements of work in the modern economy;
  • Informing long-term projections and models;
  • Improving communication and outreach;
  • State and local pensions for non-covered workers;
  • Modernizing totalization agreements;
  • Economic security of SSA beneficiaries;
  • Work-activity retention of disabled beneficiaries with overpayments; and
  • Improving service delivery.

 

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.

“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 to 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 Senior Economist Gal Wettstein during the month of November to take advantage of this service.

Submission

The deadline for the 2021 Sandell Grant Program is January 31, 2021. 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.

Previous Awardees

2020 Sandell Grant Program Recipients

2019 Sandell Grant Program Recipients

2018 Sandell Grant Program Recipients

2017 Sandell Grant Program Recipients

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.