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Research Proposals

Thought leadership at the intersection of accounting practice and accounting policy.

Research objectives:

  • Foster accounting research relevant to management
  • Develop innovative pedagogy
  • Bring thought leadership to students in Ivey programs
  • Strengthen the research and teaching of accounting faculty


The purpose of Centre research grants is to fund research projects that are of broad interest to the accounting profession, governance or the practice of management.  Due to the limit in maximum funding, the Centre anticipates funding pilot projects, projects of limited scope and modest extensions to existing projects.

Proposal requirements:

To permit assessment of your proposal, please provide the following information:

  • Curriculum vitae of the applicant
  • Project title, names of all authors and author affiliations
  • A brief summary of the project (maximum of 2 pages) that includes the following:
    • Objectives
    • Purpose and contribution of the proposed work
    • Research methods
  • Project timeline
  • Budget – with justification for each significant cost
  • Other funding already obtained, applied for or anticipated
  • Ethics board approvals (if necessary)

Eligible costs:

Costs that can be covered include the following:

  • Payment for research assistance
  • Purchase or term license for data sets or software
  • Transportation and meal costs for data gathering, collaboration or direct research
  • Transportation, registration fees and meal costs for disseminating research findings through conferences, seminars or other research presentations
  • Telephone, postage, printing, copy-editing or other administrative costs
  • Fees for journal or conference submissions

Proposal approval:

All funded research projects will be approved by the Centre’s advisory board after a review of the proposal.  Research proposals will typically be evaluated within 30 days of receipt.

Project reporting:

Successful applicants are expected to provide a project status update to the Centre once per year. Copies of published papers should be provided to the Centre Director.

Payment of funds:

Funding will be provided in a lump sum after approval.  Successful applicants may only charge expenses that are consistent with those in the approved budget.  The Centre may request documentation to support incurred project expenses from time to time throughout the project. Significant deviations from the approved budget must be approved by the Centre Director.


The researcher will provide an acknowledgement for the Centre in any published works and during any conference presentations stemming from the research grant.

Project completion:

Successful applicants should undertake to complete the research that was described in the proposal.  In the event of exceptional circumstances that prevent continued work on the project, the applicant should contact the Centre Director to discuss the need to return some or all of the approved funds.  Once the project is complete, the applicant should contact the Centre Director to determine if any unspent funds should be returned to the Centre or reallocated to other projects.