Grants Database

The Foundation awards approximately 200 grants per year (excluding the Sloan Research Fellowships), totaling roughly $80 million dollars in annual commitments in support of research and education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and economics. This database contains grants for currently operating programs going back to 2008. For grants from prior years and for now-completed programs, see the annual reports section of this website.

Grants Database

Grantee
Amount
City
Year
  • grantee: Stanford University
    amount: $473,248
    city: Stanford, CA
    year: 2015

    To study the effects of the Affordable Care Act on Older Workers’ Labor Market Outcomes

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Mark Duggan

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) represents the largest reform to the U.S. health care system since the 1965 introduction of Medicare and Medicaid. Questions arise as to the possible effects of this significant health care change on the labor market behavior of near-elderly workers (workers aged 59 to 64, who are not yet eligible for Medicare). This grant supports a study by Mark Duggan and his colleague Gopi Shah Goda that examines the likely effects of the ACA on labor outcomes for these near elderly. Duggan and Goda will address several questions about the ACA, including how the ACA affects the employment, labor force participation, self-employment, wages, hours of work, and related labor market outcomes of older workers; which provisions of the ACA contribute to the estimated effects; and how these effects vary over time and by gender, race, ethnicity, marital status, educational attainment, and health.

    To study the effects of the Affordable Care Act on Older Workers’ Labor Market Outcomes

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  • grantee: Boston College
    amount: $432,630
    city: Chestnut Hill, MA
    year: 2015

    To build a robust and sustainable multi-disciplinary research network on aging and work

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Jacquelyn James

    Funds from this grant provide three years of support to the Boston College Center on Aging & Work for the operation and expansion of a multidisciplinary research network that links together scholars working on issues related to the aging work force. To date, nearly 90 scholars from 15 disciplines across 14 countries have joined the network, sharing the latest news, research results, data, and ideas for further scholarship. Grant funds will support expansion of the network’s membership to 150 members globally, a survey to track member priorities, the launch of a summer research institute in 2016, a one-day member conference to be held at the annual meeting of the 2017 Gerontological Society of America, and the development of a long-term sustainability plan for the network.

    To build a robust and sustainable multi-disciplinary research network on aging and work

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  • grantee: Urban Institute
    amount: $474,087
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2015

    To assess recent trends in Medicare enrollees’ access to physician services at the state and local level and to study the implications for labor supply decisions at older ages

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Fredric Blavin

    A number of economic studies have found that workers with access to private retiree health insurance are much more likely to retire than are their counterparts without such access who must rely entirely on Medicare. This grant to the Urban Institute supports a project that looks at the relationship between health insurance and decisions to extend work lives or to retire. Drawing on data from physician and household surveys, this project will address a number of important issues, including recent trends in physicians’ acceptance of Medicare patients, how Medicare beneficiaries’ access to care differs from those with private insurance, how these differences correlate with various factors like physician specialty, and whether these differences affect retirement decisions. Findings will shed important new light on the relative attractiveness of Medicare relative to private health insurance and the extent to which that comparison affects the exit of older workers from the labor market.

    To assess recent trends in Medicare enrollees’ access to physician services at the state and local level and to study the implications for labor supply decisions at older ages

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  • grantee: Stanford University
    amount: $72,758
    city: Stanford, CA
    year: 2015

    To gain new insights regarding labor market pathways to retirement with particular attention to the role of self-employment and to analyze the labor market participation of the 1945 birth cohort from ages 54 – 68 in a comprehensive manner

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator John Shoven

    To gain new insights regarding labor market pathways to retirement with particular attention to the role of self-employment and to analyze the labor market participation of the 1945 birth cohort from ages 54 – 68 in a comprehensive manner

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  • grantee: American Council on Education
    amount: $122,739
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2015

    To support a national conference to identify, catalog, and disseminate generalizable principles, strategies, interventions, and tools that can be modified and used to assist senior faculty as they begin to transition to retirement

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Jean McLaughlin

    To support a national conference to identify, catalog, and disseminate generalizable principles, strategies, interventions, and tools that can be modified and used to assist senior faculty as they begin to transition to retirement

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  • grantee: National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    amount: $1,262,700
    city: Cambridge, MA
    year: 2015

    To support dissertation-stage research by economics doctoral students  working on a range of labor market issues related to an aging population

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator David Card

    This grant provides continued support for a fellowship program by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), which supports young economics scholars whose research focuses on issues relating to the labor market for aging workers. Fellowships are awarded for a single year, with a review at the end of the first year and a second-year of funding available but conditioned on satisfactory progress in the first year.  The annual selection process includes a broadly disseminated call for proposals that is sent to an extensive list of U.S. Ph.D.-granting economics departments, to researchers who are members of the Society of Labor Economists, and to researchers affiliated with the NBER research programs in Aging, Labor Studies, and Public Economics. Applications are then reviewed by a panel of experts on labor economics, aging, and public finance. Fellows are selected based on the panel’s evaluation of their potential to make important contributions to understanding the determinants and consequences of labor market activity at older ages. Funds from this grant will support three cohorts of four doctoral students beginning with the 2016-17 academic year.

    To support dissertation-stage research by economics doctoral students  working on a range of labor market issues related to an aging population

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  • grantee: RAND Corporation
    amount: $347,872
    city: Santa Monica, CA
    year: 2015

    To understand how joint retirement and partial retirement interact

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Katherine Carman

    Whereas retirement in a traditional marriage of breadwinner and homemaker involves a single retirement decision, in a two-earner marriage, the decisions are dual, and in many cases, joint. Yet, exactly what the pathways are for both members of working couples as they transition from full employment to full retirement are less than clear. This grant to the RAND Corporation supports a research project aimed at increasing our understanding of couples’ work and retirement trajectories by developing a theoretical model describing joint work-to-retirement transitions that can be applied to 12 waves of the Health and Retirement Study data. The data will allow the RAND team to examine how preferences for joint retirement and opportunities for partial retirement interact in the retirement decision, provide the first estimates of the prevalence of different joint work-to-retirement trajectories, and examine how factors such as age differences, part-time work opportunities, and leisure cause couples to make similar or different retirement transitions. In addition, the RAND team will explore how multistate models can be applied to the analysis of Health and Retirement Study data to explain retirement transitions across a range of pathways from full-time work to full-time retirement, including transitions through part-time employment.

    To understand how joint retirement and partial retirement interact

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  • grantee: The University of Chicago
    amount: $125,000
    city: Chicago, IL
    year: 2015

    To investigate the impact of the Social Security Retirement Earnings Test

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Damon Jones

    To investigate the impact of the Social Security Retirement Earnings Test

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  • grantee: Stanford University
    amount: $302,859
    city: Stanford, CA
    year: 2015

    To estimate the effect of the Veteran’s Administration Disability Compensation (DC) enrollment on older veterans' labor market outcomes

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Mark Duggan

    This grant supports efforts by economists Mark Duggan of Stanford University and Courtney Coile of Wellesley College to increase our understanding of how incentives created by public policy affect labor market behavior of older workers by examining changes to the Veterans Administration Disability Compensation (VA-DC) program. Their work seeks to exploit a “natural experiment” occasioned by a 2001 change in the VA-DC that increased the generosity of the program, particularly for veterans of the Vietnam War. Analyzing administrative data on enrollees both before and after the change in policy, Duggan and Coile will estimate the effect of VA-DC enrollment on older veterans’ labor market outcomes; determine how these effects vary with age, race, ethnicity, marital status, educational attainment, and health; explore the effect of VA-DC enrollment on spouses’ labor market outcomes; examine the effect on enrollment in other government programs and on enrollees’ health status and economic well-being; and investigate whether expansions in the program’s eligibility criteria increased the sensitivity of older veterans’ labor market outcomes to economic conditions.

    To estimate the effect of the Veteran’s Administration Disability Compensation (DC) enrollment on older veterans' labor market outcomes

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  • grantee: RAND Corporation
    amount: $441,606
    city: Santa Monica, CA
    year: 2015

    To advance knowledge on how human capital depreciating innovation affects older workers and on the role of training in modifying those effects

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Nicole Maestas

    New technologies in a workplace—new devices, new software systems, new production techniques—often require workers to acquire new skills. Workers who do not learn how to properly use these new technologies become less productive relative to workers who do and, in theory, less valuable to their employer. This grant funds work by Nicole Maestas of the RAND Corporation to examine how technological change affects the employment outcomes of older workers. Using a large dataset on German workers, Maestas and her team will analyze how technological innovations affect wage growth, employment status, and exit from the labor market among older workers; whether older workers are less likely than younger workers to receive training after innovation changes; and whether training can reduce or reverse the potential negative effects of innovation on the employment outcomes of older workers.

    To advance knowledge on how human capital depreciating innovation affects older workers and on the role of training in modifying those effects

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