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CIMA research grants

Jan 02, 2023 · 1 min read

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 the following kinds of research grant - Topic Specific, Ad-hoc and Seedcorn.

Our Topic Specific Call for proposals from experienced and early career applicants “Management Accounting and Control: Approaches to building organisations driven by technology and sustainability” is now open.

More information is provided below. Please click on the “+” button to expand the “Topic Specific” section and download the necessary documentation.

Case study grants

This initiative is targeted at PhD and post-doctoral researchers from anywhere in the world. We offer up to £3,000 to enable them to produce a case study of relevance to our members based on ongoing or completed research.

Our sustainability related case studies is now open till August 2023.

For more information please contact

Topic specific grants

Early-career grants of up to £5,000 (£3.000 for Ph.D.) are available to both Ph.D. students and those within five years of completing a Ph.D.

Grants of up to £25,000 are available to experienced researchers, who should display a proven track record of leading research projects and academic publications. We also welcome proposals for feasibility and pilot studies for experienced applicants.

More information is available in our flyer.

Download application form and guidance notes for experienced applicants and also guidance notes for early-career applicants.

Seedcorn grants

There are two types of seedcorn funding available. Early career research grants- for:

PhD students in the final stage of their doctorate.

  • Post-doctoral researchers (within 5 years of their doctorate) - who have not previously received a CIMA early career grant.

Feasibility study grants - 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 next seedcorn call is scheduled for 2023.

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 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.

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