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IMA Research Foundation

IMA's Research Foundation funds timely research in accounting and financial management subjects.

IMA Emerging Scholar Manuscript Award

To recognize accomplishments of the newest members of the management accounting academic community, IMA's Research Foundation announces the fourth annual Emerging Scholar Manuscript Award. Click here for the guidelines 

Doctoral Summer Research Scholarship Program

IMA's Research Foundation is now accepting applications for the summer research program for Ph.D. students. This scholarship awards $5,000 to help alleviate the need for doctoral students to assume teaching. Click here for the application and requirements 

Research Grant Program

The Foundation encourages submission of innovative research proposals in the area of accounting and finance by both academics and practitioners. Download the Research Program brochure for complete information about the program's objectives and proposal guidelines.

Doctoral Student Grant Program

IMA's Research Foundation has a research grant program for doctoral students in management accounting and financial management. The Research Foundation Doctoral Student Grant Program is designed to assist accounting doctoral students who are pursuing research that has the potential to contribute to the management accounting profession. Research conducted in connection with a dissertation or other project is eligible for funding.

Download the guidelines for submitting Doctoral Student Grant proposals for complete information about the program's objectives and proposal process.

Questions about IMA's Research Foundation's Research Program and Doctoral Student Grant Program can be submitted to:
Denis Desroches
Director of Research
Committee Staff Liaison
+1 (800) 638-4427
ext. 1711

Trustees and Directors

Research Foundation Trustees

Vairam Arunachalam, Ph.D., CMA
University of Missouri
Committee Chair Emeritus

Bruce Neumann, Ph.D
University of Colorado
Committee Chair

Research Foundation Directors

Margaret L. Andersen, Ph.D.
North Dakota State University

Edward J. Blocher, Ph.D., CMA, CPA
University of North Carolina

Giovanni Chin-A-Sen, CMA
Blue Bird Corporation

Gary M. Cokins, CPIM
Analytics-Based Performance Management LLC

Anthony P. Curatola, Ph.D.
Drexel University

Denis Desroches
Committee Staff Liaison
Director of Research

Emil Diaz, CMA, CPIM, CSCP
Parker Hannifin Corporation

Shane DiKolli, Ph.D.
Duke University

Anne M. Farrell, CPA
Miami University

Dipankar Ghosh, Ph.D.
University of Oklahoma
Research Doctoral Proposal Review Chair

Rebecca L Hannan, Ph.D. 
Tulane University 

Jeremy Harber, CMA
First American Financial Corp

Aleecia Hibbets, Ph.D.
University of Louisiana Monroe

Gregory A. Jonas, Ph.D., CMA
Case Western Reserve University
Research Academic Proposal Review

James M Kohlmeyer III, Ph.D., CPA 
California State University, San Marcos

Raef A. Lawson, Ph.D., CMA, CPA
IMA VP of Research

Thomas W. Lin, Ph.D., CMA
University of Southern California

Leonard T. Long, CMA, CFM 
Quincy College 
Board Liaison to Foundation 
Performance Oversight and Audit 

Keith Maki, CMA

Srikrishna Mankal, CMA, BSEE
Precision Castparts Corporation

Mark D. Mishler, CMA, CFM, CPA
Seton Hall University

Michael Shields, Ph.D.
Michigan State University 

Kristy L. Towry, Ph.D. 
Emory University

Mark D. Walters
Principal W.F.T.

(Angela) Wei Lee, CMA, CPA

Susan Weiss, Ph.D., CMA, CFM
Bryant University
Awards Program Chair

Sally Widener, Ph.D., CPA, CIA 
Clemson University 

Minna Yu, CPA
Monmouth University


In 1919, IMA®(Institute of Management Accountants), then known as the National Association of Cost Accountants, was the first organization established to conduct research for the management accounting profession. Through excellence in research, IMA provides business decision makers with information of strategic importance. More than 500 researchers have produced more than 250 studies.

In recognition of the vital role of IMA research, IMA's Foundation for Applied Research, Inc. (FAR) was formed in 1994, IMA's 75th anniversary year. The founding trustee's intent was to ensure sufficient resources, both human and financial, to sustain and augment IMA's role as a valued center of research on the most important practice issues of the day while also identifying financial management trends to meet the challenges of the next millennium.

As of November 2011, IMA's Foundation for Applied Research (FAR) was renamed IMA Research Foundation.

Funding Sources

Funding for IMA Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3), nonprofit, educational organization, is derived from support by the business community and individuals. Contributors are recognized in IMA's monthly magazine, Strategic Finance.

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