Netspar facilitates wide-ranging research into the issues surrounding aging and retirement financing. We offer various research funding opportunities.

Priorities have been outlined, in consultation with our partners, in our Research Agenda 2015-2019.

The multidisciplinary research is coordinated under five programs, each with a program coordinator who serves as the point of contact and sounding board for the project leaders.

1. Well-being and Welfare of Older People
2. Communications and Choice
3. Work, Retirement, Housing, and Healthcare
Arthur van Soest
4. Savings, Investments, and Insurance Bas Werker
5. Institutions, Governance, and Solidarity Ferry Koster

You can find an overview of ongoing and completed projects in our project database.
A clear overview of the various research projects and funding possibilities can be found in this infographic.


In addition to its own research, Netspar works on other national and international research projects in the areas of aging and retirement:



Netspar researchers cooperate in MOPACT: Mobilising the potential of active ageing in Europe. This project is EU-funded within the 7th framework program and is led by University of Sheffield (UK).



Netspar researchers cooperate in a project with CEPAR: Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research. This project is funded by the Australian Research Council and is led by University of New South Wales (AUS), to which CEPAR is affiated.


Instituut Gak

Institute Gak sponsors multiple chairs, amongst which two specific Netspar related research areas (2013-2018):

  1. Funded pension provisions, chaired by Casper van Ewijk (UvA / TiU)
  2. Pension administration and risk management, chaired by Theo Nijman (TiU)

Next to that, Institute Gak sponsors three projects within Netspar research area (2014-2018):

  1. Long-run investment performance of illiquid assets, project leaders Theo Nijman and Bas Werker (both TiU)
  2. The trade-off between cost, ambition and risk in pension contracts, project leaders Theo Nijman (TiU) and Casper van Ewijk (UvA / TiU)
  3. Pension adequacy and welfase of the elderly, project leaders Theo Nijman (TiU), Arthur van Soest (TiU) and Casper van Ewijk (UvA / TiU)


Last modified June 4, 2018.

Netspar, Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement, is a thinktank and knowledge network. Netspar is dedicated to promoting a wider understanding of the economic and social implications of pensions, aging and retirement in the Netherlands and Europe.


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