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MRDRC is currently accepting funding applications for summer data workshops in Ann Arbor

Through its cooperative agreement with the Social Security Administration, the MRDRC will be offering funding for early career researchers, generally graduate to junior-faculty level to attend the Health and Retirement Survey (HRS) Summer Workshop and the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) Data User Workshop. For more information and a link to the application, check the program page.

Funding applications are due April 8, 2019.

MRDRC Announces Funded 2019 Projects

The Michigan Retirement and Disability Research Center awards yearlong research grants to researchers across the nation, the United Kingdom, Asia, and Europe. Visit MRDRC’s Project Page for a list of funded 2019 research, which ranges from investigations of disability insurance use to public pension design.

To align with its new name, the MRDRC has updated its logos, website url, and email address. Email addresses for center staff remain the same, and the MRRC url and email address will redirect to their new equivalents.

New url:

New email address:

Junior scholars & PhD candidates: Applications open for Sandell Grant and Dissertation Fellowship programs

Funded by the U.S. Social Security Administration, the annual Sandell Grant offers up to three junior scholars up to $45,000 in grants to pursue research projects in, for example, retirement income, older workers, population disability incidence, or retirement well-being.

Also funded by SSA, the Fellowship Program awards up to three $28,000 fellowships to doctoral candidates focusing on retirement issues and enrolled in an accredited U.S. program.

The programs are administered by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. For more information on these opportunities and to apply, visit the Sandell page or the fellowship program page.

Deadline for both programs is January 31, 2019.

Fall newsletter covers recent elder fraud, cognitive decline research

The 2018 Retirement Research Consortium Meeting featured a panel on declining cognition and financial fraud among the elderly. MRRC’s most recent newsletter covers the meeting and updates on journal publications, conference presentations, and media citations of our funded research.

Read the Fall MRRC Newsletter.

Materials from  the 2018 RRC Meeting available

Slides and papers from this year’s Retirement Research Consortium Meeting are posted.

View the agenda and materials here:

Financial Security Research Symposium webcast available

Co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Social Security Administration, this event featured four panels of academic, nonprofit, and governmental experts addressing issues surrounding financial preparedness and retirement security.

If you missed the symposium, the webcast is now available. The scheduleis also available.

Link for Panel 1 slides: Assessing Financial Preparedness & Retirement Security

Link for Panel 2 slides: Understanding Social Security

Link for Panel 3 slides: Other Sources of Financial Security

Link for Panel 4 slides: Future Directions for Research

Link for keynote slides: William E. Spriggs

Link for the symposium summary

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