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Retirement and Disability Research Consortium

The Retirement and Disability Research Consortium (RDRC) is an interdisciplinary extramural policy research program funded by the Social Security Administration (SSA) through a cooperative agreement. The current five-year cooperative agreements run from FY2019 through FY2023. The RDRC consists of the following four centers:

Before FY2019—
the Retirement Research Consortium (RRC) and Disability Research Consortium (DRC) were separate programs. Read more about the RRC's evolution and research contributions in the Social Security Bulletin or view archived materials from past annual meetings.

The RDRC has three main goals:

  • 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.

To meet these goals, the centers will conduct research, prepare policy briefs and working papers, hold annual meetings, and provide research and training support for young scholars. As research is completed, the findings will be available on the centers' websites (which will be linked to from this page as they become available).

For RDRC-related questions or to sign up for e-mail alerts about RDRC activities, please e-mail us.

Send questions about data or statistics to statistics@ssa.gov.

Archives for past consortia

The Retirement Research Consortium (RRC) consisted of three multidisciplinary centers (listed below) funded through FY2018 by cooperative agreements with SSA. Past projects and working papers can be found on the centers' web sites:

The Disability Research Consortium (DRC) consisted of two multidisciplinary centers (listed below) funded through FY2017 by cooperative agreements with SSA. Past projects and working papers can be found on the centers' web sites: