CPA Canada–CAAA: Financial Accounting, Assurance & Tax Research Grant

Call for Proposals

Letter of Intent due: June 29, 2022
Proposal invitation: July 28, 2022
Proposal due: September 4, 2022
Decision letter: December 15, 2022

The Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada has made a research fund available to members of the CAAA at Canadian institutions. There will be one call for proposals per year for each of the grants funded through this program.


The broad purpose of this fund is to encourage Canadian academics to undertake projects to help transform the accounting profession by informing the Foresight Initiative (see below for more information) being championed by CPA Canada and CPA Provincial bodies. The research under this program need not lead to publication in a scholarly journal, although it may lead to one or more such publications. The research project may result in a report that is useful to accountants in practice and academics, as well as to advance thought leadership and understanding for further exploration.

Funding criteria  

The main funding criteria are that the work be:

  • Relevant to transforming the accounting profession by helping address global and local societal, environmental, economic and technological challenges of the future and enable change within the profession to create future-ready CPAs
    • Completed on a timely basis
    • Of quality

The first criterion is to be ensured by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada's review of the letter of intent. The timeliness criterion includes providing a detailed timeline in the proposal showing expected dates for production of reports or working papers. The reports or working papers must be completed within 24 months. The quality is ensured by the expertise provided by the CAAA Research Committee’s examination / approval of the proposal.  


Applicants are requested to submit a one- to two-page letter of intent outlining the area(s) and objectives of the research using the form below. The letter of intent should also explain the relevance of the project to the transforming the accounting profession (the first criterion).

Do not send this letter of intent (LOI) to CPA Canada. Submissions for this grant are handled by the CAAA Secretariat. Feedback to applicants will be returned through the Chair of the CAAA Research Committee. LOIs passing the initial stage will be invited to submit a full grant proposal. We encourage research employing any research methods.

Transforming the accounting profession

We are living in a world of heightened risks and disruption.  This includes the reality of a swiftly evolving digital environment led by the overwhelming pervasiveness of technological change.  As well, the interdependence of society, economy, and the environment are becoming clearer with resultant implications for people, business, and the planet. 

How do we reorient players across the investment value chain towards a longer-term, multi-stakeholder perspective?  What types of policies, governance and skills are needed to keep pace with emerging technologies that are driving societal transformation?  These and similar questions are what the CPA profession in Canada is considering in the Foresight initiative.  

For the profession to determine the role it will play in the future, CPA Canada is working with experts in public practice, industry and public sectors, and academe to respond to these challenges. Key topics and how the topics intersect and integrate include:

Submit a Letter of Intent

Questions should be directed to Louise Laroche

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