OSP FO# 11-080

AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)/National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute on Aging (NIA)

PROGRAM: Economics of Retirement (R01, R03, R21)

OBJECTIVES: This program encourages research on the economic and health-related factors that influence older persons’ choices on labor force participation as they near typical retirement age and throughout the later stages of life. The interaction of health, work, family status, and economic wellbeing is enormously complex, and the direction of causal effects among those factors is often unclear. Because of those complexities, this program especially encourages innovative approaches to (1) modeling the dynamic processes underlying labor force decisions over the life-cycle, and (2) enabling valid causal inference regarding the effects of economic and health factors on work decisions as well as the effects of work on health status. The program seeks analysis of secondary datasets, development of new datasets, observational and experimental analysis, cross-national comparisons; and quasi-experiments enabled by changes in public policy. Research that identifies disparities between population segments or emphasizes at-risk groups is encouraged.

The areas of research that interest NIA include, but are not limited to:

  • Determinants of Retirement, Consumption and Quality of Life During Retirement
  • Alternatives to Full-Time Paid Employment
  • The Interaction of Retirement, Health, Cognition, and Functioning
  • Time Use and Life Satisfaction in Retirement
  • Macroeconomic Effects of Changes in Retirement Behavior
  • Labor Force Behavior of Women at Older Ages
  • Retirement Expectations, Information, and Decision-making
  • Cross-national Comparisons of Retirement Behavior
  • Family and Household Decision-Making
  • The Effects of Financial Disruption on Retirement Preparedness and Planning
  • Impact of Public Programs on Retirement

For more information, please consult the program announcements below.

R01: February 5, June 5, and October 5, until May 8, 2014
R03, R21: February 16, June 16, and October 16, until May 8, 2014

FUNDING INFORMATION: These programs will utilize the NIH Research Project Grant (R01), the NIH Small Research Grant (R03), and the NIH Exploratory/Developmental (R21) award mechanisms, and “Just-in-Time” information concepts. Because the nature and scope of the proposed research will vary from application to application, it is anticipated that the size and duration of each award will also vary. For the R01 program, application budgets are not limited, but need to reflect actual needs of the proposed project. Awards can be submitted for a maximum of 5 years under this program.

For the R03 program, budgets for direct costs of up to $50,000 per year and a project duration of up to two years may be requested for a maximum of $100,000 direct costs over a two-year project period.

For the R21 program, direct costs are limited to $275,000 over a two-year period, with no more than $200,000 in direct costs allowed in any single year.

John W. R. Phillips, Ph.D.
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
National Institutes of Health
7201 Wisconsin Avenue, Room# 533
Bethesda, MD 20892-9205
Telephone: (301) 496-3138
Email: John.Phillips@nih.gov
Web: R01: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-138.html
R03: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-139.html
R21: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-140.html

REMARKS: NIH requires that applications to this program be submitted electronically through Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov). After submission via Grants.gov, applications will be retrieved and processed by the NIH Commons system (https://commons.era.nih.gov/commons/index.jsp). In order to prepare a responsive application, PIs should download both the complete program guidelines (R01: PA-11-138, R03: PA-11-139, R21: PA-11-140) and the corresponding application package from Grants.gov as well as the NIH Grants.gov Application Guide (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/index.htm). PIs must also be registered Commons users.

For more information about Grants.gov and the NIH Commons, or to register as a Commons user, please contact either India Adams (adamsi@bu.edu) or A. B. Effgen (abeffgen@bu.edu) in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at x3-4365. In addition, please contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to your school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through the Grants.gov system.

Complete program guidelines and application material may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.