This grant program awards stipends to graduate students to conduct research
on ways to improve the disability determination process for SSA’s two
disability programs – Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security
Disability Insurance (SSDI). The
application processes for SSI and SSDI are complex, and members of the
public with health problems and economic hardships often find it difficult
to navigate this process. PRI
hopes to improve the efficiency and reduce the complexity of disability
determination processes by facilitating innovative research through stipends
broad spectrum of
graduate students and by allowing those students to access technical
information on SSA disability program operations from disability experts.
In exchange, PRI expects students to produce a thesis or written
June 30, 2014.
The program is directed by Policy Research, Inc. (PRI) of Delmar, NY, and is
100% funded through a $300,000 grant from the
Social Security Administration (SSA) (#IDD11000001).
Amount and Disbursement of Award
Students will receive a stipend of $10,000 for the one-year program
(stipends may be subject to tax withholding).
The stipend may be added to other financial support the graduate
student receives from his or her university/research organization. The
stipend is not provided as a condition of employment either with the Federal
Government or PRI.
Payments will be disbursed directly to awardees in two installments: (1)
after submission and approval of research paper work plan (4-6 weeks
following notification of the award) and (2) upon completion of the final
research product and other deliverables as specified below.
Stipend payments are subject to the availability of funds. This cycle of
stipends will use grant funds from the third year of funding, which we
anticipate will be awarded by September 2013. At this time, we expect
continuation of the grant, however, continuation is not guaranteed.
Award recipients are expected to: participate in a welcome teleconference
with other recipients, PRI, and SSA soon after the award; respond in a
timely and complete fashion to comments and suggestions from PRI; and adhere
to the schedule of deliverables below. Award recipients will be required to
submit the following to PRI:
A detailed work plan indicating
objectives, activities, and timeframes (4-6 weeks after notification of
IRB letter of approval. If applicable,
data sets from SSA will not be released to you until PRI has received a copy
of your IRB approval letter.
Quarterly progress reports briefly
summarizing status of research activities, challenges encountered, and next
Draft research product with all the main
sections complete by 5:00pm (EDT) on May 12, 2014.
Final written research product by
5:00pm (EDT) on June 30, 2014.
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