The Global Research Perspectives Program (GRPP) is CPA Australia's annual research grant program. Its aim is to encourage and support research worldwide that is relevant and of interest to our membership, the profession, the global business community, governments, regulators, and international accounting and finance peak bodies.

CPA Australia seeks to foster bold and innovative research that addresses pressing issues and drives innovation and the application of new knowledge for the benefit of members, the profession and the public interest.

To assist researchers, CPA Australia has developed broad focus areas that are of interest to the organisation and its membership, as well as annual hot topics for each focus area. Proposals which seek to address these topics will be given priority consideration.

Research grants are available for individual researchers, as well as institutions and consultancies. CPA Australia is particularly interested in projects which involve collaboration between academic researchers and individuals or organisations outside the higher education research sector. We welcome interdisciplinary projects and are open to requests for joint funding of projects with other organisations. If you are interested in a jointly funded project, please contact us before beginning the GRPP application process.

Proposals for GRPP research grants go through a rigorous two-stage review process prior to commissioning and funding. Stage one involves the completion of an expression of interest (EOI) form by which the project will be reviewed utilising the following criteria:

  • relevance to CPA Australia, its members, the profession and the public interest
  • timeliness, significance, and potential impact of the proposed research
  • alignment with CPA Australia’s broad focus areas and hot topics
  • experience and expertise of researchers
  • likelihood that the project can be completed within the funding timeframe (normally no more than one year and at a maximum 18 months).

Stage One applicants will be informed of review outcomes within six weeks of the submission deadline. Successful EOI applicants will be invited to submit a more detailed Stage Two application, which includes a full budget, proposed milestones and deliverables* and a completed contractual compliance form. Stage Two application materials will be distributed at the time of notification of Stage One outcomes. The same review criteria apply to Stage Two applications as are used in assessing EOIs.

*Note that while CPA Australia recognises the importance of academic publications and conference presentations, GRPP grants are designed to support the production of applied research outcomes of significance to our membership, the wider business community and the public.

ELIGIBILITY FOR FUNDING

Applications are open to individuals and organisations with the requisite expertise and experience to successfully carry out the proposed research.

Applicants may apply for and hold GRPP funding concurrently with another award or grant if all funding and details of the funding contract are disclosed to CPA Australia at the time of GRPP Stage Two application.

Under normal circumstances, holders of GRPP grants must successfully deliver all agreed deliverables from one grant before applying for another.

CPA Australia will consider partnering with researchers on joint funding applications but this is not typically done via the GRPP. Please contact us if you are interested in a research collaboration with CPA Australia.

General GRPP guidelines

  • GRPP grant periods typically last one year. In special circumstances, CPA Australia may agree to an extended grant period of up to a maximum of 18 months.
  • The GRPP has no specific funding cap for research projects. Indicative Stage Two applications in past rounds have had proposed budget amounts generally ranging from $5000 to $60,000.
  • GRPP grants are designed to fund new research of interest and significance to CPA Australia’s members. Funding will not normally be awarded to cover expenses related to the production of literature reviews or the development of software or digital platforms or the preparation or submission of research outputs to academic journals or presses.
  • CPA Australia must receive scheduled deliverables as stipulated in the signed GRPP funding agreement or contract.
  • CPA Australia reserves the right to publish and otherwise disseminate the findings arising from GRPP grants.
  • Any publication resulting from GRPP funded research must acknowledge CPA Australia’s funding support.
  • Only complete applications will be considered. Incomplete applications and those of a quality deemed to be significantly below acceptable standards will be returned unassessed.
  • CPA Australia reserves the right not to fund projects. The decision to fund or not resides exclusively with CPA Australia management, whose decision is final.

CALENDAR

GRPP Stage One Expression of Interest (EOI) applications close on 31 July each year.

All Stage One EOIs received will be formally acknowledged and will be reviewed, assessed and applicants notified of outcomes within six weeks of the closing date.

Those invited to submit Stage Two applications will normally have four weeks to complete and return all application materials. Researchers will be notified of final GRPP funding decisions by the end of the year with research grant agreements and contracts signed over January and February of the following year.

Decisions at each stage are made on the basis of information submitted and all decisions are final.

More information

Stage one applications for the funding program close on 31 July each year.

Contact: researchgrants@cpaaustralia.com.au