IMA Research Foundation

IMA's Research Foundation is dedicated to funding relevant, thought-provoking research that furthers the knowledge and scope of accounting and financial management. To date, the Foundation has bestowed more than $2 million USD in research grants to academics and doctoral students. For submission of all grant applications please use the IMA Application Portal.

Research Grant Programs

IMA Incubator Grant Program

The Incubator Grant Program awards grants of up to $5,000 for small Proof of Concept projects that will lead to more in-depth research.

Submissions are due on January 31.

› Incubator Grant Overview & Application

Academic Research Grant Program

The Research Grant Program awards grants for innovative research proposals relating to primary management accounting activities such as decision support, planning, and control.

Submissions: Ongoing

› Guidelines for Submitting Research Proposals

Doctoral Scholars Program

This program supports doctoral students at various stages in their program.

Submissions: Ongoing

› Overview of Program


2024 Call for Research Proposals

The IRF is launching its 2024 Call for Research Proposals.  Proposed studies can use basic or applied research methods including analytical, archival, experimental, survey, or case study. Up to three (3) proposals received by the IRF will receive grants of up to $20,000, based on an assessment of their potential to advance the practice of management accounting.

Submission Deadline: March 1st, 2024

› Guidelines for Submission

Examples of Proposals & Deliverables

Good Example Proposal

Strategic Finance Article Example

C-Suite Report Example

White Paper Example



Distinguished Scholar Award

This award recognizes a researcher who has made outstanding contributions over a sustained period of time to the applied management accounting literature. This award recognizes the accomplishments of a mid-career or later nominee. Candidates must have received their terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D., DBA, Ed.D.) at least 10 years previously. This award may be awarded jointly to researchers who have collaborated extensively together.

Nominations Accepted: September 1 –April 1

› Program Overview

Emerging Scholar Award

This award recognizes an early-career researcher who has made a meaningful and important contribution to the applied management accounting literature. Nominees must have published at least one single-authored manuscript or a co-authored article where they were the lead author. Nominees must have a terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D., DBA, Ed.D.) and have received their degree within the prior five years. Recipients of this award will receive an award of $2,500.

Nominations Accepted: September 1 –April 1

› Program Overview


Questions about IMA’s Research Foundation’s research grant programs and awards can be submitted to:

Qi “Susie” Duong, PhD, CMA, CPA, CIA, EA
IMA Director of Research
IMA Research Foundation Liaison 

IMA Research Foundation Executive Board Members

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

Lan Guo, Ph.D., CPA
Wilfrid Laurier University
Committee Vice Chair

Bruce R. Neumann, Ph.D.
University of Colorado Denver
Chair, Academic Proposal Review
Academic Editor, Management Accounting Quarterly and Strategic Finance

William R. Koprowski, Ph.D., CMA, CFM, CFE, CIA
College of Charleston
Associate Chair, Academic Proposal Review

Wei Cai, Ph.D.
Columbia University
Chair, Doctoral Proposals Review

Lin Qiu, Ph.D.
Purdue University
Associate Chair, Doctoral Proposal Review

Susan F. Weiss, Ph.D., CMA, CFM, CPA
Rhode Island College
Chair, Awards Committee

Giovanni Chin-A-Sen, CMA
Associate Chair, Awards Committee

IMA Research Foundation Advisory Board Members

Basel O. Abu Ali, CMA, CHFP, CVA, PMP

Abdulrahman Aljabr, Ph.D., CMA, CPA, CIA

Cassia Lea Beagle, CMA, PMP

Vibha Bhandari, Ph.D., CMA
University of Technology and Applied Sciences, Nizwa, Oman

Alexander Blyakhman, CMA, CSCA

Kristine M. Brands, DM, CMA
United States Air Force Academy

Samson Cheffa
Westcliff University

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

Will Demere, Ph.D., CPA
Indiana University

Shane Dikolli, Ph.D.
Darden School of Business
University of Virginia

Shubhro Michael Gomes, CMA, FCMA, FIPA, FFA, PMP

Anjum Israr, CGMA, CPA

Janne Järvinen
Oulu Business School

David Joyce, CMA
Arcelormittal Steel USA

Kip Krumwiede, Ph.D., CMA, CPA
Virginia Commonwealth University

Cheng-Hsun Lee, Ph.D.

National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan

Robert Lee, Ph.D., CMA, CPA
Pepperdine University

Seung Won Lee, Ph.D., CMA, CPA, CFA
Penn State Harrisburg

Wee Meng Eric Lee, Ph.D., CPA, CITP, CGMA, CFE
University of Northern Iowa

Chenyong Liu, Ph.D., CFE
California State University, Los Angeles

Madhavi A. Lokhande, Ph.D., CMA, FCMA (INDIA)
Dean, Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research, Bangalore

Keith Maki, CMA, CPA, CGMA
Globaltranz - Corporate Controller

Ariel Markelevich, Ph.D., CMA
Suffolk University

Mark D. Mishler, CMA, CFM, CPA
CFO Resource Management

Sumit Mishra (INDIA)

Tota Um Panggabean, Ph.D.
California State University, Sacramento

Tamil Selvan Ramadoss, CMA, CSCA, ACMA, PMP (INDIA)
Dubai Maritime City Authority

Babu I. Razack, Ph.D., CMA, ACMA (INDIA)

Dana C. Riess, CMA, CFM, CPA, CPIM, CSCP
Eximis Surgical Inc – Medical Device/Health Sciences Industry | USA

Vinoth Sairam, CMA
Shell – Oil & Gas Industry

Stephen B. Salter, Ph.D.
Middle Tennessee State University

Jason D. Schloetzer, Ph.D.
Georgetown University

Prof. Dr. Mike Schulze
CBS International Business School, Germany

Jeremy Skog, Ph.D., CMA, CSCA
Lehman College

Ryan D. Sommerfeldt, Ph.D.
Washington State University

Sean Stein Smith, Ph.D., CMA
Lehman College

Kanitsorn Terdpaopong, Ph.D.
Rangsit University

Nguyen Thi Hong Thuy, Ph.D.
VNU University of Economics and Business, Vietnam

Parvathy Venkatesh, CMA, CSCA
Ramanath Iyer & Company

Jidong Zhang, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

IMA Research Foundation

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