Accounting Education Research Grants Program

Established in 2011, NASBA’s Accounting Education Research Grants Program seeks to advance research on educational issues impacting the certified public accountants (CPA), the public accounting profession and state boards’ charge to protect the public.


The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) serves as a forum for the 55 Boards of Accountancy. NASBA’s mission is to enhance the effectiveness and advance the common interests of the Boards of Accountancy.


NASBA will provide the Boards of Accountancy the highest level of support in their regulation of the profession by:

  • Providing visionary leadership
  • Speaking as a trusted collective voice for the Boards on national and international issues
  • Supporting Boards as effective stewards of the public interest
  • Performing all services with excellence
  • Promoting ethics and integrity
  • Effectiveness of non-traditional delivery models, and International education equivalency.


Research grants are available for faculty and postdoctoral researchers at institutions of higher education. The grants are competitive. Research in areas helping NASBA and the State Boards of Accountancy protect the public and be better resources to the public accounting profession are given preference when making the research awards. NASBA will work with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the American Accounting Associations (AAA), and other organizations to present and publish results of the funded research.

Research interests of NASBA include, but are not limited to:

  • Characteristics of successful CPA Exam candidates
  • Variables in accounting programs that impact CPA Exam performance
  • How CPA candidates use the additional 30 hours to complement their careers
  • Lack of appeal/barriers to entry into the accounting profession for underrepresented groups
  • Factors underlying accreditation and student success
  • Accounting education’s impact on the CPA pipeline
  • Effectiveness of non-traditional delivery models, and International education equivalency


Applicants must be affiliated with a U.S. academic institution. Preference will be given to applicants who have received their doctoral degree by the start date of the grant. Applicants cannot be (nor related to) employees, officers, Board of Accountancy members, NASBA Education Committee members or NASBA affiliates.


NASBA will fund and award grants totaling up to $25,000 for one-year research projects. A maximum of three research grants will be awarded per year. Funding will be provided only for expenses directly related to the project. Grant funds will not provide for institutional indirect costs or overhead. Although NASBA does not want to determine the specific use of these awarded funds, the proposed budget outlined in the proposal will be evaluated for efficient and effective use of the awarded funds.

Although somewhat flexible, the awards will be distributed based on quarterly progress reports submitted by the researcher(s). Additionally, the researcher(s) will be expected to finalize the research within one year of the grant award date and may be asked to present their findings to NASBA’s Board of Directors or at its national meeting.

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All research grant applications must comply with the guidelines as follows. Proposals should not exceed five pages, excluding the cover page and the appendices described below, and should contain the following basic elements:

  1. A cover page with the following information:
  • Name and affiliation of each member of the research team and his/her role in the research. Researchers’ names and their academic affiliations should not appear anywhere else in the proposal.
  • Single-paragraph abstract summarizing the research question, the research method to be used, and how the research will benefit the public accounting profession and its regulation.
  1. The proposal which includes the following information:
  • Problem statement/question and its relevance to accounting education, the accounting profession, or the public interest,
  • Statement identifying how this research advances previous work or establishes new benchmarks,
  • Statement of the research hypothesis being tested, if applicable,
  • Statement of the research methodology being used,
  • Detailed information about any data that the researcher would require from NASBA or the state boards.
  • Statement of the expected results and the benefits to accounting education, the public accounting profession, or regulation of public accounting,
  • Statement of the expected or targeted publication output(s) from the project,
  • Timetable for completion of the project,
  • Detailed statement of required funding,
  • List of other funding sources, if applicable,
  • Appendixes described below
    • Proposed interview questions and guidelines, survey information, or experimental
      instruments, if applicable,
    • Curriculum vitae (CV) for each researcher (3 page maximum),
    • Researcher’s affiliation with NASBA, if applicable.


Proposals must be submitted electronically. Submissions must be made to by April 1, 2018 (11:59 pm CDT). Questions regarding the submission process should also be sent to this same address.