University of Wisconsin Retirement and Disability Research Consortium (UW-RDRC) FY 2025 Call for Proposals

The UW-RDRC is seeking research proposals for the Social Security Administration (SSA) for FY2025. This is an applied research program designed to assist policymakers, the public, and the media in understanding Social Security, retirement, and disability policy issues across the life course.

If you are interested in submitting a project, please view the full call with details on the Letter of Intent, due by April 19, 2024. If you have any questions about this process, please email Hallie Lienhardt ( If you would like feedback on an initial idea, email Michael Collins ( Please note that SSA has new scoring factors for 2025, including an increased focus on community-based research and mixed-methods.

April 19: Letter of Intent - see attached document for details. Submit using this Formstack link.
April 26: Invitations for Full Proposals
May 20: Full Proposal Due (if invited)

Focal Research Areas see PDF for details

  • Understanding Service Needs and Improving Service Delivery
  • Studying Causes and Inequities of Overpayment and Underpayment
  • Addressing Barriers to Disability and SSI Programs Participation and Processes
  • Understanding and Improving Communication
  • Identifying Disparities by Race, Ethnicity, and Sex
  • Examining Economic Security of Program Applicants and Beneficiaries
  • Impact of COVID-19 and long COVID
  • Addressing Employment Barriers for People with Disabilities

New for FY25 - Factors for Proposal Scoring see PDF details

  • Scientific Significance
  • Practicality/Policy relevance
  • Approach/Methodology
  • Use of Mixed Methods (if applicable)
  • Community-based/Participatory Mechanisms
  • Timeliness
  • Investigator Qualifications and Engagement with Emerging Scholars
  • Investigator Community Connections
  • Project Team Includes HBCU or ISSC Institution
  • Data Quality
  • Data Availability

Link to Full Call with Research Focal Areas and Scoring Information HERE.
Link to Submit LOI HERE .