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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. OUR 2019 CALL FOR RESEARCH PROPOSALS IS NOW OPEN.

Types of research grants

CIMA provides three different kinds of research grant - Topic Specific , Ad-hoc and Seedcorn.

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.

2019 Call for Proposals

The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, the unified voice of CIMA and the AICPA, has been engaged in a worldwide research project to identify the future direction, role and form of the finance function. Our programme of research included interviews, round tables and a global survey. Our latest whitepaper from the research, Reinventing Finance for the Digital World, tells the story of the research, presents the findings from our global survey and discusses implications for finance professionals, employers, academics and tuition providers, and regulators and policymakers.See more information in our whitepaper.

CIMA, through its General Charitable Trust, is making funding available to researchers from anywhere in the world to explore two aspects of our findings:

  • The business case for investment in new technologies
  • Costing and Cost Management in a digital world

We welcome applications from both experienced and early career researchers. Early career applicants can apply for up to £7,500 in funding and experienced researchers up to £30.000.

Applications close on 13 September 2019.

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

Download our application form and guidance notes.

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 2019 topic specific Call is also open to early career researchers, with Seedcorn grants are available for proposals on the topics of:

  • the business case for investment in new technologies
  • Costing and cost transformation in a digital world.

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 40,000 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.


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).

All completed proposals will be assessed by a panel of external impartial experts each quarter. Applicants will then be notified within six weeks of the review date if they have been successful or not. Successful applicants may be asked to attend an interview at CIMA to discuss their research further before funding is offered.  

Please note that there is a maximum number of stage two applications that can be reviewed at each panel, after which they will be rolled over into the next review period. 

For more information please download our Guidance Notes or email

Our adhoc funding initiative is currently on hold.