STEPS

  1. Complete the Stage One Expression of Interest (EOI) application form, including the relevant tick box relating to category of funding being sought.
  2. Stage One Expression of Interest application form (PDF)

  3. Email the completed EOI to research.grants@cpaaustralia.com.au
  4. The deadline for GRPP EOI applications is 31 July annually. Applicants will be informed of outcomes within six weeks of the submission deadline.

  5. Complete the Stage Two application form (by invitation)
  6. 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.

REVIEW PROCESS

All GRPP EOI and Stage Two applications received by CPA Australia will be reviewed by a panel comprised of accounting, finance and education professionals and subject matter experts.

The review panel utilises the following criteria when assessing research projects and making recommendations for funding:

  • relevance to CPA Australia and its members, the wider accounting profession, the global business community, governments, regulators, and policy setters
  • timeliness, significance, and potential impact of the proposed applied research
  • alignment with CPA Australia’s contemporary thought leadership themes or “hot topics” for 2020, depending which category of funding is sought
  • experience and expertise of researchers
  • likelihood that the project can be completed within the funding timeframe (normally no more than one year and up to a maximum of 15 months).

CPA Australia reserves the right not to fund projects. The decision to fund resides exclusively with CPA Australia management, whose decision is final.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

Only complete applications will be considered. Incomplete applications and those of a quality deemed to be significantly below acceptable standards will be returned unassessed.

Please ensure that the following application requirements are met:

  1. A brief descriptive and engaging project title. Ensure that the title can be understood by an accounting, finance, or industry professional who is not a subject matter expert.
  2. The funding amount requested must be expressed in Australian dollars and include any relevant taxes, such as GST in Australia.
  3. The GRPP has grant funding caps of either AUD$60,000, AUD$40,000 or AUD$15,000 including any relevant taxes, depending on the category of funding.
  4. All researchers involved in the project should have the experience and expertise required to successfully conduct the proposed research. While category one and two GRPP grants are open to researchers at all stages of their professional careers, category three applications are specifically for early careeremerging researchers and, therefore, may be submitted by one or more emerging researchers only. Where two or more emerging researchers apply for category three grants, the researchers are to be identified in the application a chief or associate researchers. The name, university email address and website link of the “senior researcher” (that is, project mentor as defined under eligibility for funding) are to be included under section (C) in the Stage One EOI application. The review panel considers research track record in its review of applications, for example, the completion of academic research qualifications. For the purposes of the GRPP, track record considerations include the successful delivery of contract research projects and outputs outside of traditional academic publishing.
  5. In the project overview, applicants are required to identify the relevance of their proposed research to CPA Australia, its members, the wider profession or the public interest. The overview must be clearly and simply written and understandable to a review panel made up of both subject matter experts and accounting, finance and education professionals.
  6. Project timeframes must be realistic and achievable. Grant periods are normally no more than 12 months and CPA Australia may, in exceptional circumstances, agree to an extended grant period of up to a maximum of 15 months. The project commencement date will be adjusted where contract approval is later than the proposed start date. Project progress reports are to be submitted to CPA Australia according to the research grant agreement. Potential funding reductions for a project may be imposed when key timelines are not met, allowing for any exceptional circumstances that may arise which impede progress of the project.
  7. 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 only or the development of software, digital platforms or similar ‘products’, or costs associated with the preparation or submission of research outputs to academic journals or presses.
  8. CPA Australia actively seeks to foster bold and innovative applied research that addresses “big questions” and “wicked problems”, which creates knowledge and drives innovation for the benefit of members, the wider profession and the public interest. Only proposals which seek to address annual thought leadership themes and “hot topics” will be considered by the review panel. Applications that clearly demonstrate the impact of anticipated research outcomes are also encouraged.

ADDITIONAL ADVICE

Funds requested

Total funds requested should include any salary on-costs, and university overheads – which should be kept to a minimum – and be expressed in Australian dollars. Any GST should also be noted in both Stage One and Stage Two applications. CPA Australia will not provide funding above the amount requested and applicants should note that the bulk of funding will be paid on receipt on the final agreed deliverable, not at the start of the grant period.

Ethics and integrity

CPA Australia is committed to fostering the highest ethical standards in research. Projects funded by CPA Australia must comply with the most-current Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. Successful applicants should ensure that any necessary ethics approvals can be secured in a timely manner and are in place prior to the distribution of any GRPP funds.

CPA member information

CPA Australia does not undertake to provide researchers with access to members, or members’ data, in undertaking research projects. In special circumstances, consideration may be given where researchers apply for dispensation and provide detailed information on the data requested, how it will be used, and the mechanisms in place to ensure data security and compliance with relevant privacy legislation and policies.

Other funders

Details of other organisations that have been approached for funding or are providing funding related to the project forming the basis of the research application must be included in the Stage Two application.

CPA Australia standard contract

A standard contract will be used for all GRPP research projects. The clauses have been drafted and agreed by the CPA Australia legal business unit and approved by senior executives. It is not CPA Australia policy to amend this contract for individual institutions or company policies. To assist in assessing the level of risk associated with GRPP projects, CPA Australia will provide a contractual compliance form as part of the Stage Two application packet which must be completed by the chief researcher’s organisation, or the chief researcher where applicable.



More information

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

Contact: researchgrants@cpaaustralia.com.au