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: Columbia University
    amount: $663,141
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2014

    To enhance and expand the scope of the Age Smart Employer Awards

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Ruth Finkelstein

    This grant provides continued support for the second year of the Age Smart Employer Awards, which honor local New York City employers who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to leveraging older workers’ talent while meeting the goals of both the business and its employees.   Grant funds will support the administration of the awards, the selection process, and outreach activities.  Particular emphasis will be placed on expanding the circle of businesses that know about and apply for the awards as well as increasing the visibility for winning employers and the innovative practices for which they are being honored.  Outreach strategy will particularly target small businesses (those employing fewer than 100 workers) and employers in New York City’s growing health care sector.

    To enhance and expand the scope of the Age Smart Employer Awards

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  • grantee: Stanford University
    amount: $862,416
    city: Stanford, CA
    year: 2014

    To foster more research and policy discussion about changing labor market institutions to accommodate increased longevity through a conference series and a post-doc/first sabbatical program

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator John Shoven

    This grant supports three, two-day, annual conferences exploring the latest economic research related to changing labor market institutions and regulatory policy in ways that accommodate the increasing lifespans of the American worker.   Hosted by economist John Shoven, director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), the conferences will serve as an annual event where the growing community of new and established economists working on these issues can gather to network, share ideas, and learn about the latest research.  Topics to be discussed at the conferences will cover a wide range of issues, including retirement security, how existing regulatory regimes affect worker incentives, retirement strategies, pensions, the likely effects of proposed alternative regulatory regimes, and systematic differences between labor markets for older workers and those for younger cohorts.  Additional funds will support a small postdoc/first sabbatical fellowship program that will support the work of two researchers interested in conducting original, high-quality economic research in this area.

    To foster more research and policy discussion about changing labor market institutions to accommodate increased longevity through a conference series and a post-doc/first sabbatical program

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  • grantee: Cornell University
    amount: $307,604
    city: Ithaca, NY
    year: 2014

    To identify the effect of public policies that promote extended employment on the health of older Americans

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Maria Fitzpatrick

    As the health of the U.S. population improves and the sources of retirement income become potentially more unstable, older Americans are expected to continue their current trend of both needing and wanting to work longer.  The health impacts of longer working lives, however, are inadequately understood, particularly when work is induced by policy changes such as increasing the age of full retirement for Social Security benefits. This grant supports research by Maria Fitzpatrick of Cornell University and Timothy Moore of George Washington University that examines this issue by studying the changes made in 1983 to the statutory retirement ages for Social Security benefits.  Combining administrative with data and detailed data on health behaviors and expenditures, Fitzpatrick and Moore will examine how and whether differences in the length of working lives change health outcomes such as mortality and morbidity.

    To identify the effect of public policies that promote extended employment on the health of older Americans

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  • grantee: North Carolina State University
    amount: $81,951
    city: Raleigh, NC
    year: 2013

    To better understand the research on how employees respond to individuals desiring to work longer

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Robert Clark

    To better understand the research on how employees respond to individuals desiring to work longer

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  • grantee: University of Pennsylvania
    amount: $15,000
    city: Philadelphia, PA
    year: 2013

    To enable 25 graduate students and international scholars to attend the WFRN 2014 conference

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Jerry Jacobs

    To enable 25 graduate students and international scholars to attend the WFRN 2014 conference

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  • grantee: Stanford University
    amount: $89,973
    city: Stanford, CA
    year: 2013

    To understand potential pathways between working longer and cognitive performance

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Laura Carstensen

    To understand potential pathways between working longer and cognitive performance

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  • grantee: American Council on Education
    amount: $737,318
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2013

    To deepen understanding within higher education as to how institutions can support senior faculty choosing to work longer, assist them in transitioning to an active next career phase, and promote culminating career legacies

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Jean McLaughlin

    Funds from this grant support efforts by the American Council on Education (ACE) to understand and increase the impact of the Sloan Awards for Retirement Transitions, a series of awards given to 15 U.S. colleges and universities to honor and accelerate innovative, effective policies for successfully managing the culminating stages of faculty careers. First, ACE will monitor the progress of the 15 retirement award winners. They will collect campus reports as to how innovative practices and programs have been embedded in campus culture so that faculty members feel free to use them and are satisfied with the outcome. Second, from this group of 15 winners, ACE will select five to six institutions that are ready and committed to take their programs to the next level of institutional transformation. Three, ACE will identify three or four institutions that were initially interested in competing for the awards, but because of timing or other issues on their campuses, reluctantly chose not to compete. ACE will work closely with these schools to achieve the institutional changes necessary to support faculty in their final career stage as they are transitioning to retirement. Knowledge gained from these activities will be used to mount a deep and widespread communication effort within higher education to educate other institutions about effective ways that universities and colleges can change their campus cultures in order to support senior faculty choosing to work longer, assist them in transitioning to an active next career phase, and promote culminating career legacies.

    To deepen understanding within higher education as to how institutions can support senior faculty choosing to work longer, assist them in transitioning to an active next career phase, and promote culminating career legacies

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  • grantee: University of Texas, Austin
    amount: $265,051
    city: Austin, TX
    year: 2013

    To provide supplemental funds to Grant #2012-KEC-12 so as to provide adequate incentive payments to respondents of the High School & Beyond Study (HSB) to ensure an 80 percent response rate

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Chandra Muller

    In 2012, the Trustees of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation approved a $3.2 million grant to the University of Texas to support a project to re-contact and survey the original, nationally representative High School and Beyond (HSB) 1980 sophomore class cohort in order to assess the effects of early-life human capital on later-life labor market, health, and family outcomes. This new data set will provide scholars with access to a wealth of data collected contemporaneously when the respondents were adolescents and young adults. These data include measures of cognitive and noncognitive skills, school performance, standardized test scores, family socioeconomic origins, health, early life careers, and family formation. The new dataset will enable scholars to study in previously unavailable detail the antecedents of later life labor market activities. This grant provides supplemental support to that project by creating a pool of funds for incentive payments for survey participants to ensure an 80 percent response rate.

    To provide supplemental funds to Grant #2012-KEC-12 so as to provide adequate incentive payments to respondents of the High School & Beyond Study (HSB) to ensure an 80 percent response rate

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  • grantee: National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    amount: $263,781
    city: Cambridge, MA
    year: 2013

    To support a three-year post-doctoral program on the economics of an aging workforce

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator David Wise

    Funds of this grant support a new program at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) to sponsor a postdoctoral research fellow in each of the next three academic years, beginning in 2014 to 2015, whose research will focus on the economics of the aging workforce. Each fellow will receive one year of support to carry out research at NBER’s offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as well as to participate in the NBER summer institute workshops on Aging and Labor Studies. Selection of the three fellows will be made by a panel of experts who are members of both the Aging and Labor Studies programs at NBER. The committee’s decisions will be based on an evaluation of the fellows’ potential to make an important contribution to the understanding of the behavior of older workers and the functioning of labor markets for these workers.

    To support a three-year post-doctoral program on the economics of an aging workforce

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  • grantee: RAND Corporation
    amount: $1,120,309
    city: Santa Monica, CA
    year: 2013

    To improve the understanding of the availability and importance of different pecuniary and nonpecuniary job characteristics for older workers and their effects on older worker labor outcomes

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Nicole Maestas

    One difficulty in understanding the labor market behavior of older workers is that much of the needed data is not available. For instance, the National Institute on Aging’s Health and Retirement Survey—the gold standard data set for examining aging—does not collect detailed information about the pecuniary and nonpecuniary job characteristics of older workers. As such, trends in retirement and other labor market behaviors of older workers cannot be correlated with data about what their jobs are like. This grant provides support for a project by the Rand Corporation to correct this gap by collecting new data describing the actual and preferred working conditions of approximately 2,200 older Americans between the ages of 55 and 70 in the ongoing, nationally representative RAND American Life Panel (ALP). The new dataset will be made publicly available to the broader research community; will serve as encouragement to younger scholars to do research on aging and work; and will inform evidence-based conversations with the National Institute on Aging about adding items on the pecuniary and nonpecuniary attributes of work to the Health and Retirement Survey.

    To improve the understanding of the availability and importance of different pecuniary and nonpecuniary job characteristics for older workers and their effects on older worker labor outcomes

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