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: National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    amount: $373,750
    city: Cambridge, MA
    year: 2014

    To continue research on facilitating work at older ages, building on a set of studies already completed under a previous grant

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator David Wise

    Funds from this grant provide continued support to the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) in its efforts to lead a network of top economists in the examination of issues related to aging and work and to the barriers to working longer. Led by economist David Wise, this network of scholars has substantial past and ongoing research expertise on health and health trends at older ages, population aging and its implications, the determinants of work and retirement, the incentives in public and employer policies, and the psychosocial factors that influence behavior. Grant funds will help NBER extend the network collaboration by producing at least nine papers focused on how to facilitate work at older ages. Additional topic areas to be addressed include work capacity at older ages; how public and employer benefit policies affect work and retirement; and factors that facilitate work by seniors, such as work environments and job flexibility.

    To continue research on facilitating work at older ages, building on a set of studies already completed under a previous grant

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  • grantee: University of Michigan
    amount: $620,292
    city: Ann Arbor, MI
    year: 2014

    To advance measurement of income, work activity, spending, assets, and debt by producing and analyzing a new data infrastructure based on the transactions and balances of individuals and use this infrastructure to study economic behavior and economic well-being of older Americans

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Matthew Shapiro

    Matthew Shapiro and a research team at the University of Michigan and the University of California, Berkeley have successfully completed an innovative, two-year data infrastructure pilot that lays the groundwork for providing invaluable data regarding the real-time financial activities of older Americans as they work, transition into, and complete retirement. The Michigan/Berkeley team relied on data from a mobile payments application, Check (previously known as Pageonce) that integrates individuals’ bank accounts, credit cards, and asset accounts. With this data, the research team developed a data infrastructure that can be used to study individual income paths, consumption patterns, wealth levels, and financial portfolio choices of Americans, with a specific focus in this study on older Americans, more than 40,000 of which are Check users.  Funds from this grant provide continued support for the project, allowing the team to move from pilot to production of the data infrastructure and maintain a panel dataset of the work, income, spending, and balance sheet of a population of approximately one million users.  Subsequent analyses will allow the research team to examine behavior of older Americans as they face labor market transitions, health shocks, and the take up of Social Security; produce time series estimates of income and spending for novel aggregates including, for example, spending and income by age and type; and study the quality of financial decisions among older populations and of behavioral reactions to discrete financial events like income tax refunds. The team has instituted numerous safeguards to ensure the confidentiality and privacy of individual consumer data are strictly protected.

    To advance measurement of income, work activity, spending, assets, and debt by producing and analyzing a new data infrastructure based on the transactions and balances of individuals and use this infrastructure to study economic behavior and economic well-being of older Americans

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  • grantee: National Academy of Social Insurance
    amount: $375,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2014

    To help Americans understand how they can enhance their long-term retirement security by delaying Social Security benefits, when feasible

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Virginia Reno

    Recent Sloan-funded work by economist John Shoven of Stanford University demonstrates that, under a wide range of circumstances, healthy Americans would benefit from delaying the age at which they begin taking Social Security benefits.  This grant funds a wide-ranging education campaign by the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) to effectively communicate Shoven’s research to the public. Building on its successful, user-friendly toolkit of materials, “Social Security: It Pays to Wait,” NASI will engage in an ambitious campaign to disseminate the toolkit through a multipronged media strategy that will utilize a grassroots outreach campaign composed of a number of well-connected partner organizations, including the Center for Rural Strategies, the National Women’s Law Center, the National Council of La Raza, and the National Urban League.  Grant funds will be used for dissemination, for efforts to deepen NASI’s connections with organizations well positioned to reach older workers, and for improvements to the toolkit based on user feedback.

    To help Americans understand how they can enhance their long-term retirement security by delaying Social Security benefits, when feasible

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  • grantee: RAND Corporation
    amount: $378,666
    city: Santa Monica, CA
    year: 2014

    To investigate the role of psychological factors in individuals’ planning and subsequent decisions about the timing and staging of their transition from work to retirement

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Andrew Parker

    This grant funds a project by economist Susan Rohwedder of the RAND Corporation to examine the psychological factors in individuals’ planning and subsequent decisions about the timing and staging of their decisions to work beyond conventional retirement age and how and when to transition from work to retirement.  Rohwedder and her team will investigate whether and to what extent psychological factors such as cognitive abilities, beliefs about the future, and personality explain differences in individuals’ staging and timing of late-in-life work decisions and subsequent retirement. While psychological factors have been shown to play an important role in various domains of individual decision-making, they have received little attention so far in the context of the complex decisions involved in late-in-life work choices and retirement transitions. Bringing together a cross-disciplinary team with expertise in cognitive psychology and classical and behavioral economics, they hope to fill this gap.

    To investigate the role of psychological factors in individuals’ planning and subsequent decisions about the timing and staging of their transition from work to retirement

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  • grantee: Colorado State University
    amount: $20,000
    city: Fort Collins, CO
    year: 2014

    To analyze data from the Health and Retirement Study and the Occupational Information Network to study novel research questions regarding workers’ perceptions of their work ability or job-related capacity and labor force participation among older workers

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Gwenith Fisher

    To analyze data from the Health and Retirement Study and the Occupational Information Network to study novel research questions regarding workers’ perceptions of their work ability or job-related capacity and labor force participation among older workers

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  • grantee: University of Massachusetts Medical School
    amount: $97,750
    city: Worcester, MA
    year: 2014

    To conduct a national conference to identify and disseminate generalizable principles, strategies, interventions, and tools that can be used to advance faculty career flexibility in medical schools throughout the career lifecycle from recruitment through retirement

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Luanne Thorndyke

    To conduct a national conference to identify and disseminate generalizable principles, strategies, interventions, and tools that can be used to advance faculty career flexibility in medical schools throughout the career lifecycle from recruitment through retirement

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  • grantee: The Graduate Center of The City University of New York
    amount: $112,928
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2014

    To create a profile of older workers in critical unionized industries in New York City and an inventory of the current policies and practices of the unions representing them, in order to assess the extent to which the collective bargaining is - or could become - an effective mechanism for addressing the challenges of the aging workforce

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Ruth Milkman

    To create a profile of older workers in critical unionized industries in New York City and an inventory of the current policies and practices of the unions representing them, in order to assess the extent to which the collective bargaining is - or could become - an effective mechanism for addressing the challenges of the aging workforce

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  • grantee: National Opinion Research Center
    amount: $987,258
    city: Chicago, IL
    year: 2014

    To increase the amount and quality of news coverage on the economics of working longer, by extending the AP-NORC Center's education, research, and public outreach for two additional cycles

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Trevor Tompson

    This grant provides two years of continued support for a partnership between National Opinion Research Center (NORC) and the Associated Press (AP) to marry NORC’s research expertise with AP’s media reach to create a vehicle for promoting public understanding of critical social issues. Funds from this grant will provide two years of salary support to a NORC-AP fellow who will cover the older work force beat, producing thoughtful, scientifically informed, high-quality articles on a variety of issues, including aging and work, retirement, flexible work arrangements for older workers, productivity, and the economic impact of an aging work force on businesses, pensions, and government programs like Social Security.  In addition, NORC will field a high-quality, nationally representative survey of older adults about issues facing older workers with the results distributed nationwide through the AP. Survey reporting will be supplemented with reporting on new economic research on the older work force and survey data will be made freely available to researchers in a public-use dataset.

    To increase the amount and quality of news coverage on the economics of working longer, by extending the AP-NORC Center's education, research, and public outreach for two additional cycles

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  • grantee: Boston College
    amount: $498,556
    city: Chestnut Hill, MA
    year: 2014

    To inform decisions that affect the labor force activity, employment opportunities, and retirement security of older Americans, accounting for differences in socio-economic status

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Alicia Munnell

    This grant to Alicia Munnell and her colleagues at the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College supports research on the aging work force through the lens of workers’ socio-economic status (SES).  Munnell and her team will launch five integrated projects related to retirement, financial security, and employment opportunities that address the following questions.   How long do people need to work to achieve a financially secure retirement? How would retirement ages vary if they reflected differential mortality by socio-economic status? How does job-changing affect the ability to retire securely? How do job opportunities narrow with age? How much would reducing the price of older workers’ labor increase their attractiveness to employers? The project promises fill significant gaps in our understanding of the older work force.

    To inform decisions that affect the labor force activity, employment opportunities, and retirement security of older Americans, accounting for differences in socio-economic status

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  • grantee: Yale University
    amount: $15,383
    city: New Haven, CT
    year: 2014

    To understand low and variable levels of female political representation in the United States

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Frances Rosenbluth

    To understand low and variable levels of female political representation in the United States

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