Steven H. Sandell Grant Program

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.  Individuals from historically underserved or underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply.

Research focal areas include:

  • Trends in disability;
  • Work in the modern economy;
  • Disabled beneficiaries and return-to-work;
  • Informing long-term projections and models;
  • Improving communication and outreach;
  • Economic security of SSA beneficiaries;
  • Disparities by race and ethnicity; 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.

Click here to apply.

Date Posted: 
Friday, November 12, 2021
Date Closing: 
Monday, January 31, 2022
Sponsor/Funding Agency: 
The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College
Award Amount: 
Contact Email or Phone: 
Please contact Marina Tsiknis with any questions about the Sandell Grant Program at 617-552-1092 or