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: Fedcap Rehabilitation Services Inc
    amount: $105,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2013

    To build an interactive website in order to launch and administer a two-year fellowship work program re-employing older (50+) senior managers in multiple New York City metro area industries

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    • Investigator Joan Biermann

    To build an interactive website in order to launch and administer a two-year fellowship work program re-employing older (50+) senior managers in multiple New York City metro area industries

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  • grantee: American Council on Education
    amount: $118,259
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2013

    To plan and execute a culminating event for the National Challenge for Higher Education to ensure a diverse and excellent 21st century work force by providing workplace flexibility for faculty at all stages of their careers

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Jean McLaughlin

    To plan and execute a culminating event for the National Challenge for Higher Education to ensure a diverse and excellent 21st century work force by providing workplace flexibility for faculty at all stages of their careers

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  • grantee: National Academy of Sciences
    amount: $125,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2013

    To convene a workshop to explore the key stress points in the arc of an academic research career and the impact that policies and practices in each of these areas has on the others

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Kevin Finneran

    To convene a workshop to explore the key stress points in the arc of an academic research career and the impact that policies and practices in each of these areas has on the others

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  • grantee: University of California, Irvine
    amount: $322,392
    city: Irvine, CA
    year: 2013

    To conduct newly-designed field experiments on age discrimination in U.S. labor markets, eliminating potential biases in existing studies, so as to provide policymakers with a firmer basis for understanding age discrimination in hiring

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator David Neumark

    Audit/correspondence (AC) studies are the most frequently used research design for ascertaining the extent of age discrimination in hiring. This design involves submitting nearly identical resumes online to posted job openings. Resumes differ only by the age of the applicant. Discrimination is ascertained if younger applicants get more call-backs than do older ones. This methodology, however, appears likely to generate bias in favor of finding age discrimination. Because resumes give both younger and older applicants the same, low level of experience, the older applicant will appear to have “holes” in her work history that are likely to be viewed unfavorably. On the other hand, perceived (but unmeasured) differences in the human capital investment of older workers might lead employers to prefer older to younger applicants, biasing the result of audit studies in the opposite direction.This grant provides support for two field experiments by David Neumark of the University of California, Irvine aimed at increasing our understanding of the limitations of the audit/correspondence framework. The first will field an audit study where the resumes of older workers are not identical with their younger counterparts, but instead include work experience commensurate with their age. A finding that older workers are still less likely to be called for interviews may better match the legal standard for age discrimination. A second audit study will be fielded for both types of older applicants—those with equal low levels of experience like in past studies, and those with experience commensurate with age. Differential employer response to these resumes will capture differences in indicators of human capital among older workers.

    To conduct newly-designed field experiments on age discrimination in U.S. labor markets, eliminating potential biases in existing studies, so as to provide policymakers with a firmer basis for understanding age discrimination in hiring

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  • grantee: The Brookings Institution
    amount: $407,959
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2013

    To investigate the divergence of retirement and mortality trends between high- and low-income workers and determine the impact of the interaction of these two trends on the income distribution of the aged and the optimal design of public pension formulas

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Gary Burtless

    This grant to The Brookings Institution funds the work of economists Gary Burtless and Bary Bosworth, who are investigating whether longer lifespans coupled with longer work lives and delayed retirement leads to greater income disparities among Americans aged 60 to 74. Burtless and Bosworth will estimate the effects of delayed retirement on the distribution of annual incomes among workers and retirees between 60 and 74; assess the effects of delayed retirement on inequality trends among individuals past age 75; estimate the effects of delayed retirement and lengthening life spans on the distribution of lifetime incomes; and offer conclusions about the public policy implications of the changing relationship among income, expected longevity, and retirement behavior.The income distribution issues cited above are particularly important as Congress considers reforms to the Social Security and Medicare systems in order to maintain their financial solvency. The tradeoff between restoring financial balance and avoiding adverse distributional effects is a key consideration in designing sensible reforms. The results from this research are essential to understanding possible adverse distributional effects.

    To investigate the divergence of retirement and mortality trends between high- and low-income workers and determine the impact of the interaction of these two trends on the income distribution of the aged and the optimal design of public pension formulas

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  • grantee: Cornell University
    amount: $174,458
    city: Ithaca, NY
    year: 2013

    To expand the understanding of age discrimination in employment through comprehensive examination of Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) charges

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Sarah von Schrader

    In 1967, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) was passed by Congress with the intent to “promote employment of older persons based on their ability rather than age; to prohibit arbitrary age discrimination in employment.” While it has been viewed as successful in increasing employment rates for older workers, research suggests that older worker stereotypes and age discrimination still persist—or at least the perception of this discrimination still exists. Age-related charges of discrimination brought forward to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have been on the increase. Whilst that may be the case, there has not been systematic examination of these charges.This grant funds work by a team led by Sarah Von Schrader of Cornell University that combines descriptive analyses with model-based approaches to better understand the phenomenon of perceived age-discrimination in the workplace. The study will look at a number of factors, including the characteristics of ADEA charges, charging parties, and employers receiving charges over time; individual and contextual factors associated with the outcomes of ADEA charges; and the characteristics of employers, along with local labor market factors, associated with ADEA charges. Von Schrader and her team will use restricted access data sets from the EEOC in conducting this research. By developing a better understanding of perceived discrimination in the workplace, it will be possible to better identify policies and practices to mitigate such discrimination.

    To expand the understanding of age discrimination in employment through comprehensive examination of Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) charges

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  • grantee: National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    amount: $282,710
    city: Cambridge, MA
    year: 2013

    To better understand the retirement and work prospects of currently active college women by connecting events in their early adult lives to their later employment histories

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Claudia Goldin

    This grant funds work by economic historian Claudia Goldin and labor economist Lawrence Katz to understand how education, employment, marriage, fertility, and health events from college to mid-life shape employment and retirement later in life among college-educated women. Goldin and Katz will study cohorts born from the mid-1930s to the early 1960s and that entered college from around 1950 to 1980. These cohorts, born up to 30 years apart, will provide sharp contrasts and differences in early, late, or no marriage; types of subjects majored in college; work patterns and whether they were intermittent or continuous; and if and when they had children. All of these factors contribute to how long college-educated women remain in the labor force and under what conditions. While existing research examines distinct cohorts of women, this will be the first study to link systematically the older, younger, and transitional cohorts.In addition to peer-reviewed articles and research papers, the project team will organize a National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) conference and produce an NBER volume on women working longer.

    To better understand the retirement and work prospects of currently active college women by connecting events in their early adult lives to their later employment histories

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  • grantee: George Mason University
    amount: $89,951
    city: Fairfax, VA
    year: 2013

    To identify the primary causes of age-related differences in training outcomes and develop and examine interventions to ameliorate age-related performance discrepancies

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Eden King

    To identify the primary causes of age-related differences in training outcomes and develop and examine interventions to ameliorate age-related performance discrepancies

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  • grantee: Harvard University
    amount: $19,200
    city: Cambridge, MA
    year: 2013

    To study the effects of academic hiring, promotion, diversity, and work-life policies on the professional advancement of STEM faculty from underrepresented groups, and overall faculty diversity

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Frank Dobbin

    To study the effects of academic hiring, promotion, diversity, and work-life policies on the professional advancement of STEM faculty from underrepresented groups, and overall faculty diversity

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  • grantee: Finance Flows, Inc
    amount: $20,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2013

    To establish a non-profit designed to launch and administer a 2 year fellowship work program re-employing older (50+) senior managers in multiple New York City metro area industries

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Joan Biermann

    To establish a non-profit designed to launch and administer a 2 year fellowship work program re-employing older (50+) senior managers in multiple New York City metro area industries

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