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Building the Field of Retirement and Disability Research for the Future: Mentored Training Programs of the CFS RDRC
The Center for Financial Security Retirement and Disability Research Center (CFS RDRC) at UW-Madison offers a set of mentored research programs, funded by the Social Security Administration’s Retirement and Disability Research Consortium (RDRC). The CFS RDRC training programs are distinctive in that they are mentored; they promote and recruit a diversity of researchers; and they are aimed at expanding the pipeline of research focused on economically vulnerable populations. Read the full article here.

UW–Madison’s Center for Financial Security Retirement and Disability Research Center Is Awarded Third Year of Funding to Support Research on Financial Vulnerability
U.S. Social Security Administration approves 11 major projects, investigating topics including vulnerability to Social Security scams, identity theft among seniors, older Americans’ changing work, and the impact of employment shocks. Read the full press release here.

UW–Madison’s Center for Financial Security Retirement and Disability Research Center Is Awarded Second Year of Funding to Support Research on Financial Vulnerability
The Center for Financial Security Retirement and Disability Research Center (CFS RDRC) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison has been awarded a second year of funding from the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA). One of just four RDRCs in the country supported by SSA, UW–Madison’s is the only one to focus specifically on the financial well-being of economically vulnerable families, older people, people with disabilities, low-wealth households, and children. Read the full press release here.

UW-Madison’s Center for Financial Security receives funding for research on financially vulnerable
Building on the strengths of its affiliates and partners, the Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin–Madison has been awarded a five-year cooperative agreement with the Social Security Administration’s Retirement and Disability Research Consortium.

The multidisciplinary center, housed in the School of Human Ecology, received the award along with three other RDRC centers at Boston College, the National Bureau of Economic Research, and the University of Michigan. Read the full press release here.

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