Comparative Research Grant 2019

Call for Proposals; Deadline: March 1, 2019

Any researcher can apply for a Comparative Research Grant. In 2019 three grants of € 20,000 will be distributed.

The pension and retirement systems in different countries differ a lot in institutional detail. Nevertheless the over-arching issues are the same in all countries:

  • Which (idiosynchratic and systematic) risks are to be insured?
  • How much choice is preferable within the system?
  • What is the level of adequate pension income during retirement?
  • How should pension capital be invested during accumulation and decumulation?
  • Which benefits could be means-tested and what are the implications for the system?
  • How can trust in the pension system be stimulated?
  • What determines adequate design of the labor market for older workers as well retirement dates?

The goal of Netspar’s Comparative Research Grants is to compare the regulatory and product choices made in different countries and relate these to the academic literature.

Main characteristics

  • Compare pension products or pension regulation in two or more countries
  • Explore and outline the links with the academic literature
  • Budget maximum of € 20,000
  • Nine months to one year to complete a paper for the Netspar Discussion Paper Series
  • Objective to present (a preliminary version of) this paper at the Netspar Pension Workshop in January 2020
  • Objective to present  this paper additionally to an audience of pension specialists from the industry
  • Contribute to existing literature and add value to the Netspar research agenda

Selection criteria

  • The proposal must link up with the Netspar Research Agenda.
  • The application is submitted by a university or knowledge institute, Dutch or non-Dutch.
  • The applicant(s) have adequate institutional information for the countries and products they want to compare
  • The project is well grounded in academic research and has a clear link to the pension practice.

Application requirements

Proposals for a Comparative Research Grant should contain the following information (please use the template):

  • Title page with names of all authors and contact details of the corresponding author
  • Description of the comparison of pension products or regulation that is proposed and the links with the academic literature that will be explored (max. 3 pages)
  • Timetable for completion of the project (max 1/2 page)
  • Statement about other funding for the project (if applicable)
  • CVs of the applicant(s)

Only applications in accordance with the Netspar format will be accepted for the selection procedure. Please convert seperate documents into one PDF file.


Proposals can be submitted by email to, mentioning: Application for Netspar Comparative Research Grant. Deadline for submission is March 1, 2019.

Selection process

The program coordinators and academic experts for each different scientific discipline support the evaluation of proposals. Grants are awarded by the Netspar Board of Directors.


For any questions please contact Netspar,, +31 13 466 3793.

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