CIMA funds high-calibre, academic research projects of relevance to the science of management accountancy.
Details of open calls for proposals are made available on this page. If you are interested in submitting a proposal please check this page for information on open proposals.
There are no active calls for proposals.
Applying for research grants
To apply for a grant, you will need to submit an application form and supporting information by the closing date.
Application materials will be available on this page when a call for proposals is open.
Applications are assessed by CIMA’s Research and Development (R&D) panel. If your application is shortlisted, you will be invited to present in person or via video conference to a panel of experts and answer questions. This does not apply to seedcorn projects.
If the panel recommends your project for funding, CIMA’s General Charitable Trust will make the final decision about whether a grant will be awarded.
Types of research grants
CIMA provides three different types of grants:
- Topic specific research initiative grants
- Seedcorn grants
- Ad-hoc research grants
Topic-specific research initiative grants
Topic-specific research initiative grants are offered twice a year and are open to research teams globally. This is the main way in which CIMA funds research.
Successful projects are rigorous in their research approach, relevant to CIMA members, relevant to the science of management accountancy and in line with the CGMA innovation themes.
There is no upper funding limit, however funding awards are usually between GBP 5,000 and GBP 40,000.
Seedcorn research grants
CIMA issues a call for seedcorn research proposals once a year. Grants of up to GBP 5,000 are available.
There are two types of seedcorn funding:
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
Ad hoc research grants
CIMA accepts high quality ad-hoc research proposals from around the world throughout the year in exceptional circumstances.