Call for Proposals: IMA Announces New Research Incubator Grant Program

Marc Gerrone
(201) 474-1502

Kristy Skowronski
Stern + Associates
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Montvale, N.J. – IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants), the association of accounting and financial professionals in business, announces the launch of a new Research Incubator Grant Program, aimed at helping to develop management accounting researchers of tomorrow.
The new program will award grants of up to $5,000 for smaller, innovative management accounting research projects that typically last no longer than one year. Both academics and practitioners are invited to apply. Two types of applications will be considered: 

•    From inexperienced researchers, including those with experience only as research assistants, Ph.D. students, those without previous funding awards, those pursuing research degree studies or those who have not previously acted as a principal researcher. 
•    From experienced researchers seeking to undertake a feasibility study as a preliminary to in-depth empirical research or with an idea/concept they wish to develop. 

The deadline for completed applications is December 31, 2014. For full details, including application forms and guidelines, visit IMA’s Research Foundation (the Foundation) website. 

Remarking on this new grant program, Bruce R. Neumann, Ph.D., current IMA Research Foundation chair, said, “The Foundation continues to support innovation in research and this new incubator program will enhance opportunities for breakthroughs on important professional topics.”

Raef Lawson, Ph.D., CMA, CPA, IMA vice president of research and policy and professor-in-residence, explained, “The IMA Research Foundation recognizes that it can be difficult for less experienced researchers to obtain funding through traditional channels. They also know it can be hard to fully evaluate the merits and feasibility of a research idea, without first undertaking preliminary investigations. With these issues in mind, the Foundation invites submissions from both new and established researchers to its Research Incubator Grant Program.”

Founded 20 years ago as the Foundation for Applied Research (FAR), the IMA Research Foundation provides business decision makers with information of strategic importance. Since its inception, the Foundation has funded more than 500 researchers who have produced more than 250 studies. In the last 10 years alone, the Foundation has funded more than 100 proposal submissions, providing approximately $800,000 in grants to further research in management accounting.

For more information on the Foundation’s history and activities, please visit

About IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants)

IMA®, the association of accountants and financial professionals in business, is one of the largest and most respected associations focused exclusively on advancing the management accounting profession. Globally, IMA supports the profession through research, the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) program, continuing education, networking and advocacy of the highest ethical business practices. IMA has a global network of more than 70,000 members in 140 countries and 300 professional and student chapters. Headquartered in Montvale, N.J., USA, IMA provides localized services through its four global regions: The Americas, Asia/Pacific, Europe, and Middle East/Africa. For more information about IMA, please

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