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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. 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 kinds of research grant - Topic Specific , Ad-hoc and Seedcorn. In 2020 we are launching a two stage call for proposals. The first stage of the Call, which is now open, will offer up to £7,500 of seedcorn funding to early career researchers and experienced researchers looking to conduct feasibility studies. The second stage, open from July 1, will offer up to £30,000 to experienced researchers. More information is provided below.

Topic specific grants

Grants of up to GBP 30,000 are available to experienced research teams globally to undertake research into specific areas of management accounting.

2020 Call for Proposals

In 2020 we are launching a two stage call for proposals on the following broad topics. 

  • The links between management accounting concerns and practices and contemporary developments in technology (e.g., big data, blockchain, social media, machine learning, artificial intelligence).
  • The links between management accounting concerns and practices and contemporary developments in climate change reporting and sustainability

The second stage, open from July 1, will offer up to £30,000 to experienced researchers. Applications will close on 13 November 2020.

 For more information please see our Flyer or contact research@aicpa-cima.com

  

Seedcorn grants

There are two types of seedcorn funding available, with amounts of up to GBP 7,500 available.

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. 

Our 2020 seedcorn call is now open with grants of up to £7,500 available for proposals on the topics of :

  • The links between management accounting concerns and practices and contemporary developments in technology (e.g., big data, blockchain, social media, machine learning, artificial intelligence).
  • The links between management accounting concerns and practices and contemporary developments in climate change reporting and sustainability..

The closing date for applications is Friday 28 August.

For more information on the scope of the Call see our flyer.

 

Download our application form and guidance notes.

  

Ad-hoc research grants

Ad-hoc research grants proposals must be innovative and present a novel opportunity for CIMA. The project budget should not exceed GBP 30,000 and the project must be completed within 18 months.

The adhoc process is different to our topic-led initiatives because:

  1. It allows researchers to put forward innovative proposals that fall outside the topic areas of CIMA’s main research initiatives.
  2. It provides an opportunity for researchers to put forward grant proposals outside the set timelines that the topic led initiatives demand.

Process

CIMA's ad-hoc grant process takes place in two stages:

Stage one

The applicant needs to complete a two-page application form which should provide CIMA with a project outline, proposed outputs and demonstrate how the project will be of benefit to CIMA. These can be submitted at any time throughout the year.

If an applicant’s stage 1 application is successful, the research team will be notified and the proposal will progress to the next stage.

Stage two

The applicant will be asked to complete a more comprehensive form. This form will be sent directly to the applicant by CIMA (please note that this form will not be available on the CIMA website - it will only be sent via email to applicants who have completed stage one).  

Our adhoc funding initiative is currently on hold.