Retirement and Disability Research Consortium (RDRC)
- Boston College (BC)
- National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
- University of Michigan (UM)
- University of Wisconsin (WI)
- Research and evaluate a wide array of topics related to Social Security's Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income programs and related federal policies;
- Disseminate information on these topics to policymakers, researchers, stakeholder organizations, and the general public; and
- Provide training and education to scholars and practitioners in research areas relevant to these topics.
All RDRC research and activities must be relevant to one of SSA's program areas or populations. In addition, each fiscal year (FY) SSA provides the centers with research focal areas:
- FY 2022 focal area descriptions
- FY 2021 focal area descriptions | FY 2021 projects
- FY 2020 focal area descriptions | FY 2020 projects
- FY 2019 focal area descriptions | FY 2019 projects
The current agreements run from FY 2019 through FY 2023. Visit the centers' websites for the latest project details and related information. For RDRC-related questions or to sign up for e-mail alerts about RDRC activities, please e-mail us.
SSA also jointly funds with other federal agencies a number of surveys and programs that support the research function, including:
Previous studies conducted by other organizations under contract with SSA are available here.