Research grants

CIMA’s charter to advance the science of management accountancy forms the core of our academic research strategy and guides our research goals.

Research is fundamental to CIMA’s overall value chain as it ensures that we are adding value to the profession and identifying new issues or trends that emerge in the marketplace.

As such, CIMA is keen to identify and work with academics and practitioners who are doing research in the area of management accounting and can offer insight into different subject areas. Each application is judged on its academic rigour, quality, originality and potential contribution to CIMA’s research objectives and accountants in business.

Types of research grants

CIMA provides three different types of grants*:

Topic-specific research initiative grants

Topic-specific research initiative grants of between GBP5,000 and GBP40,000 are open to research teams globally.

The next topic specific initiative will be announced in the first quarter of 2016.

Seedcorn grants

CIMA has launched a new seedcorn funding initiative. 

There are two types of seedcorn funding available, with amounts of up to GBP5,000 being offered.

Early career research grants are for:

  • Researchers with experience only as research assistants.
  • Those without previous funding awards.
  • Those who have not previously acted as a principal researcher.

Feasibility study grants are for:

  • Experienced researchers with an idea that they want to develop.
  • Researchers to undertake feasibility studies as a preliminary to in-depth empirical research.

More information is provided in our Seedcorn flyer and in guidance notes for early career applicants and feasibility study applicants.

Application forms for early career projects and feasibility studies are available to download.

See an example of our standard research contract.

The deadline for applications is 5pm UK time on Friday 1 April 2016.

For more information on these initiatives and the application process please email