CPA Canada-CAAA Special Topics Research Grant

NOTE: New topics and a scheduling guideline will be provided soon.

Call for Proposals

Letters of Intent due: 
Proposals due: July 


The broad purpose of this fund is to encourage Canadian academics to undertake projects of relevance to the accounting profession. 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 both useful to practitioners and provides insight on topics dealing with technology firms, i.e. those that develop and sell technology or their business model is only possible because of technology (e.g., Uber). Research on issues relevant to these firms in an accounting context would be of interest, with topics including but not limited to firm growth, firm decision making, firms in transition (including the impact of venture capital, IPO and M&A activities), financial reporting, governance, innovation (including the use of automation in auditing or accounting).

Recipients of this Special Topics grant are encouraged to submit the resulting work for the Lazaridis Institute Prize, awarded to a paper presented at the CAAA Annual Conference focusing on issues relevant to technology companies in an accounting context. Click here for more information on the Lazaridis Institute Prize.

Funding criteria   

The main funding criteria are that the work be relevant to the accounting profession, be completed on a timely basis, and be of satisfactory quality. 

The first criterion is to be ensured by CPA-Canada review of the letter of intent. The timeliness criterion is addressed by requiring a detailed time line 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-page letter of intent outlining the area and objectives of the research using the form below. Do not send this letter of intent to CPA Canada. It will be forwarded by the CAAA office to CPA Canada for comment on the relevance to the accounting profession. Feedback to the applicants will be returned through the Chair of the CAAA Research Committee in April.

Submit a Letter of Intent

The CAAA Research Committee or its delegates will evaluate proposals received and make a decision concerning suitability, including the amount of funding. The Committee’s decision is final and not subject to appeal. Successful applicants will be notified by September 16.  

Questions should be directed to Louise Laroche

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