Now Accepting Applications for the IRP Extramural Small Grant on Poverty, Retirement, and Disability Research

The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) in collaboration with CFS have funding to support the study of economically vulnerable populations related to poverty, retirement, and disability policy. Funded by a cooperative agreement between CFS and the Social Security Administration, this small grants program is designed to expand the reach of poverty research into issues related to retirement and disability policies and programs. Applicants can propose research projects that address any area of relevance to retirement and disability research. Issues and studies of special interest include:

  • Interactions between public assistance and social insurance over the life course.
  • The role of health, health insurance, and financial decisions in household financial security.
  • How economically vulnerable households combine work, pensions, and social insurance over the life course.
  • and Low-net-wealth households and retirement well-being, including the role of housing wealth, saving, and debt.

Studies may be quantitative or qualitative in nature and may employ a mix of research designs and analytic methods.

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New Report Outlines Path toward Greater Gender Wealth Equality with Co-author Fenaba Addo

Fenaba Addo

A new study co-published by the Asset Funders Network and the Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap Initiative examines the large gap in household wealth between households headed by men and households headed by women. The report, entitled Clipped Wings, identifies steps that nonprofits, philanthropy, and policy can take to close that gap. Co-authors Fenaba Addo, CFS Affiliate and Professor of Consumer Science at UW-Madison, Jhumpa Bhattacharya, and Anne Price, both from the Insight Center for Community Economic Development (ICCED), examine the extent of gendered wealth inequality in the US and how policy and practice can work to counteract those inequalities.

Call for Applications: Junior Scholar Intensive Training (JSIT) Retirement and Disability Research Summer Workshop

June 17 – 21, 2019 University of Wisconsin-Madison
Application Deadline: April 15, 2019

Workshop Information: Howard University’s Center on Race and Wealth (CRW) and the Center for Financial Security (CFS) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison seek applications for the Junior Scholar Intensive Training (JSIT) Summer Workshop. This week-long workshop, held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will bring together PhD students, newly graduated PhD researchers, and junior faculty who are interested in topics related to disability and retirement research in the United States. The goal of JSIT is to provide emerging scholars with training to develop research ideas and with mentoring to write an initial research proposal. The research proposals that scholars develop through JSIT may be eligible for small grants or other support. JSIT is supported by the Social Security Administration Retirement and Disability Research Consortium.

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CFS RDRC Newsletter Now Available with Call for Predoc & Postdoc Fellowship Applications

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Financial Security Retirement and Disability Research Center (CFS RDRC) is an applied research program which develops evidence that can assist policymakers, the public, and the media in understanding issues in Social Security, retirement, and disability policy, especially related to economically vulnerable populations. The CFS RDRC incorporates diversity of viewpoints and disciplines, develops diverse emerging scholars and generates research findings that are used in policy and practice. To this end, CFS has released a call for applications for the Retirement and Disability Social Policy in Residence Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and the Retirement and Disability Graduate Research Mentored Fellowship Program. 

Read more about the CFS RDRC in our newly released Newsletter and subscribe to our CFS RDRC updates:

Two teams from WI will advance to the final round of the Alliance for the American Dream competition, where they will compete for potential investment.

The Alliance, known locally as DreamUp WI, is sponsored by Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt that seeks to improve societal outcomes through the thoughtful development of emerging science and technology that can benefit humanity.

DreamUp WI is a partnership between the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the community, tasked with generating ideas to increase the net income of 10,000 Dane County families by 10 percent by the year 2020.

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