The CAAA–Deloitte Fund for Accounting Research

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Call for Research: The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on equity-seeking populations teaching and researching at Canadian PSIs.


Deadline for full proposals: December 15, 2020
Successful applicants will be notified by January 15, 2021
Funding available: $12,600 for one research project*

The CAAA invites full proposals from members for a special commissioned research project on the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on equity-seeking populations teaching and researching in the field of accounting at Canadian PSIs. These populations include but are not limited to women, caregivers, racialized and marginalized groups, and graduate students. Proposals are accepted in English and French.


Evidence, both anecdotal and empirical, is building on the career effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on educators and researchers. These effects have the potential to radically change accounting teaching and research, the fundamental structures of accounting departments and faculty career paths, and thus the future of the wider accounting profession in Canada.  

The CAAA aims to:

  • better understand the short- and long-term impacts of the pandemic on accounting academics and students who are particularly vulnerable to its effects.
  • Contribute to the data and research landscape surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Provide data and outcomes that can be used to inform thought leadership in accounting and audit practice
  • Support Canadian accounting academics as they move forward in their careers
  • Use the outcomes of this research to inform its actions in providing tangible and consequential support to its members.

In this context, the CAAA and Deloitte propose to commission research to investigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the sphere of accounting and audit research and education.

Who is eligible to apply for the Fund?

1) The principal researcher must be a faculty member at a Canadian college or university and a CAAA member at the time of submitting the proposal;

2) All researchers involved in the project must be CAAA members during the period of the grant;

3) The funding cannot solely be for completing master's theses or doctoral dissertations;

4) Applicants may not hold more than one other active CPA-CAAA or CAAA grant (as principal or co-researcher);

5) It is Canadian Academic Accounting Association policy that Board members will not be eligible, during their term or in the six (6) months immediately following the conclusion of their term, to apply for or receive grants or funds for any project or program that is provided by or administered by the CAAA;

6) Applicants may not submit identical or substantially similar projects to another CAAA or CPA-CAAA or CAAA–Deloitte Research Grant program;

7) Successful applications involving experimentation with human subjects must obtain letters of approval from their institution’s(s’) committees on research on human subjects. If approval is not required by the institution(s), a statement to that effect must be made;

8) In the event a project is funded, if new researcher(s) join the research team on the project, they have to become CAAA members during the remainder of the grant period.


Eligible Costs

The researcher may charge to the grant expenses that are directly related to achieving the objectives of the grant and generally consistent with the expected costs described in the research proposal.

Applications that propose to use a portion of the funding as a stipend for a student assistant will be prioritized.

CAAA membership is not an eligible use of research grant funding.

Course release funds may not be reallocated to research expenses and research funds may not be reallocated to provide a course release.

Funds may not be reallocated from other expected uses to purchase computer hardware or software that were not requested in the research proposal.

Payment of Funds

The CAAA will make a direct deposit to the principal researcher’s institution.

It is CAAA policy that grant funding does not cover administrative fees from the members' institution. If overhead costs cannot be avoided, applicants should contact the CAAA office at to make alternative arrangements.


The outcome of the research should include a set of detailed practical observations and propositions aimed at mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 on accounting academia.

  • The final work will be published in Accounting Perspectives
  • The researchers will make a short presentation of their work to (virtual) meetings of the CAAA Board of Directors, and of representatives of Deloitte’s Audit and Assurance and Inclusion divisions prior to publication
  • The researchers will be asked to present at the CAAA Annual Conference in a session or panel format. Travel or presentation expenses will be covered by the CAAA according to its normal policy.
  • The researchers may also be asked to present their work at other CAAA events such as Accounting Perspectives symposia
  • The researchers may use the data for other projects.


Timeline and project completion


  • Applicants apply via the survey on the CAAA Grants webpage by December 15.
  • Proposals are reviewed by the CAAA Research Chair, the Accounting Perspectives Editor in Chief, and a representative of Deloitte. Successful applicants will be notified by January 15, 2021.
  • Recipients must make the initial presentations and a brief report/summary of recommendations within 2021. Publication of the fully-articulated project may be in 2021 or 2022.


Completion of the Project:

In the event that unforeseen circumstances prevent continued work on the project, the principal researcher must contact the CAAA Research Chair immediately to discuss a resolution.

Preparing your proposal

The following information should be provided:

  • Curriculum vitae, and contact of all researcher(s).
  • Project title, date submitted, researchers’ names and affiliations.
  • Objectives, purpose and significance of the proposed work.
  • Research plan, methodology and data sources (if any).
  • Timetable including major time commitments (teaching, research, and administration) during the period of the proposed research.
  • Detailed budget, including estimated costs and stipends.
  • Applications that propose to use a portion of the funding as a stipend for a student assistant, in particular one identifying with an equity-seeking or vulnerable group as outlined, will be prioritized.
  • Other funding obtained or applied for. The description should indicate whether the CAAA–Deloitte Fund is intended to fund the entire project or is a component of a larger research program.
  • If this project is a part of a larger research program, the application should describe how the proposed project fits within the larger program. 

Submit a full proposal


*In the event that more than one proposal is found to be exceptional in the eyes of the committee, funding may be distributed between two projects.Applications that propose to use a portion of the funding for a student assistant, in particular one identifying with an equity-seeking or vulnerable group as outlined, will be prioritized.