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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 $1 million USD in research grants to academics and doctoral students. For submission of all grant applications please use the IMA Application Portal.

Special Call for Submissions

Research Grant Proposals

  • 2023 Special Call for Volunteers
    • IRF is launching its 2023 Special Call for Volunteers with two-year terms. There are multiple positions open, including several leadership roles. Term can begin between February 2023 and July 1, 2023, and will end June 30, 2025, with the option for renewal.


  • 2023 Call for Research Proposals
    • The IRF is launching its 2023 Call for Research Proposals. Research in specific areas is especially encouraged although other topics will be considered. 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 Foundation will receive grants of $20,000, based on their potential to advance the practice of management accounting. Other proposals submitted to the Foundation will also be considered for grants.

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

Examples of Proposals & Deliverables

Good Example Proposal

MAQ Article Example

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

Raef A. Lawson, PhD, CMA, CPA, CFP, CFA
Profitability Analytics Center of Excellence
Committee Chair

Anthony Curatola, PhD
Drexel University
Chair Emeritus

Giovanni Chin-A-Sen, CMA
Blue Bird Corporation
Associate Chair, Awards Committee

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

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

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

IMA Research Foundation Advisory Board Members

Vairam Arunachalam, PhD, CMA, CFE
University of Missouri

Jeremiah W. Bentley
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Alexander Blyakhman, CMA, CSCA

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

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

Shane Dikolli, PhD
Darden School of Business
University of Virginia

Shari Fowler, CMA, CPA
Indiana University – East

David M. Fraser, CMA, CPA

Shubhro Michael Gomes, CMA, FCMA (INDIA)
Entrepreneurship Development Institute

Wijayanti (Wieke) Hartano
Anjum Israr, CGMA, CPA
IMF, Washington D.C

Marko Juhani Jarvenpaa
University of Vaasa

Janne Järvinen
Oulu Business School

David Joyce, CMA
Arcelormittal Steel USA

Kip Krumwiede, PhD, CMA, CPA
Krumwiede Research & Consulting LLC

Robert Lee, PhD, CMA, CPA
Pepperdine Graziadio Business School

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

Shivam Arora, PhD
Deloitte Consulting

Ariel Markelevich, PhD, CMA
Suffolk University

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

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

Dana C. Riess, CMA, CFM, CPA, CPIM, CSCP
Avery Brewing Company

Vinoth Sairam, CMA
Shell – Oil & Gas Industry

Sean Stein Smith, PhD, CMA
Lehman College

Parvathy Venkatesh, CMA, CSCA
Ramanath Iyer & Company

Jidong Zhang, PhD
Winona State University

IMA Research Foundation

Play an important part in advancing the management accounting profession. Your donation helps fund critical research into current and emerging issues impacting global businesses and practitioners in the field.