The TIAA Institute supports research and thought leadership through its grants program.

Research grants: Filling important knowledge gaps

TIAA Institute Fellows and other leading scholars are encouraged to submit innovative research proposals on financial security, health care, and education topics.

This year Institute grants will support research in the financial security, health care and education areas. Topics of interest include financial security issues related to lifetime income, financial wellness, retirement plan design, social security reform, and student loan debt; health care issues related to retiree health insurance, financing retirement health expenditures, health savings accounts, and healthcare workforce trends; and education issues related to higher education workforce trends, higher education business models, and K-12 sector retirement plan design. Download the TIAA Institute’s 2019 Request for Proposals for more information.


Strategic Collaborations

The TIAA Institute collaborates with organizations to advance knowledge in its areas of focus. For example, the TIAA Institute has joined forces with the Pension Research Council at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania to fund high-quality, innovative research on retirement policy and practice.