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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Scholars for Research on Retirement and Disability

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USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)Guam (USA)Puerto Rico (USA)Virgin Islands (USA)Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)  Marshall Islands (USA)  Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: AlbertaBritish ColumbiaManitobaNew BrunswickNewfoundland and LabradorNorthwest TerritoriesNova ScotiaNunavutOntarioPrince Edward IslandQuebecSaskatchewanYukon

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Steven H. Sandell Grant Program

Center for Retirement Research at Boston College


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #177626

Grant Description

Grants of $45,000 to USA, Canada, and International scholars for innovative research on policies related to retirement and disability. Funding is intended to promote the work of non-tenured and junior scholars from all academic fields who are employed at an institution full-time and are within seven years of receiving their doctorate. Historically underserved or underrepresented individuals are encouraged to apply.

Research focal areas include:

  • Disparities by race and ethnicity;
  • Decline in SSDI and SSI applications;
  • Improving communication and outreach;
  • Economic security of SSA beneficiaries;
  • Improving service delivery;
  • Return-to-work; and
  • Informing Trust Fund projections.

Eligible costs include:

  • Personnel: salary and benefits for PI and, if applicable, Co-PI and research assistants.
  • Materials and Supplies: e.g. research materials and computers. Researchers seeking to purchase a computer must provide a detailed justification for its specific use on the project. A computer cannot be taken outside of U.S. jurisdiction and will be considered federal property until the end of 2023.
  • Other: e.g. postage, printing.
  • Indirect Costs: capped at 10% for institutions.

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI), if applicable, are required to have a Ph.D. or comparable professional certification. Grants are not intended to fund dissertation research.

The PI and the Co-PI(s) must be junior or non-tenured scholar(s) who are within 1-7 years of completing their Ph.D. or comparable professional certification. Please note that applications with senior or tenured co-authors may be disqualified. The scholar(s) must be employed full-time at an academic or research institution. The applicant must be affiliated with an institution (with accreditation equivalent to U.S. standards) willing to enter into a sub-agreement with Boston College.

International scholars are eligible to apply, but proposals must have some relevance to U.S. policy.

Any item costing over $5,000 is considered equipment. Equipment is not allowed under the Sandell Grant Program.

Pre-proposal Conference:

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Submissions must be received through the online system by 5:00 pm (EST) on Monday, January 31, 2023.

Letters of Recommendation:
Grant applicants have the option to submit up to two letters of recommendation for their proposal. Letters should discuss the qualifications of the applicant to conduct the research outlined in the proposal and advocate for the proposed project. Letters are also subject to the above deadline, and must be submitted through the online system by the person writing the letter at the Center’s website.

Grant recipients will be notified in April 2023.

Select grant winners may be required to present their results to the SSA or during the annual RDRC meeting in Washington, DC or Baltimore.

All grants awarded will be paid through an institutional subcontract with the primary researcher(s)’ institution, per compliance with federal reporting requirements. Awards are not made to individuals under any circumstance.

Additional Funding Information:

Number of Grants:

Up to three grants are awarded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

$45,000

Term of Contract:

Final projects must be completed within one year of the award.

Contact Information:

To apply online:
http://crr.bc.edu/about-us/grant-programs/steven-h-sandell-grant-program-2/2023-sandell-grant-online-application/

To submit a Letter of Recommendation:
http://crr.bc.edu/about-us/grant-programs/steven-h-sandell-grant-program-2/2023-sandell-grant-letter-of-recommendation/

Gal Wettstein, CRR Senior Economist: wettsteg@bc.edu

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

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