Research funding at ICAS

ICAS is committed to promoting evidence-based policy making and therefore commissions research in key areas to support the development of policy.

There are two streams for ICAS research funding, applicants can apply to undertake a project following an ICAS call for research or can apply under our pro-active applications route.

Further details are available in our research funding brochure PDF [617 KB].

ICAS believes that focusing on a number of specific topics of interest will maximise the impact of the resultant research and be beneficial to the researchers, ICAS and policy makers.

We provide financial as well as in-kind support to our researchers to maximise the impact and influence of the research by providing: access to our technical staff and members with expertise in specifics areas, establishment of an expert steering group for major projects, access to our worldwide membership for questionnaires and interviews, and collaboration with an influential professional body with close links to policy makers. The resultant research will normally be used by ICAS in order to pursue policy change and, in some circumstances, the research will also feed into larger ICAS thought leadership projects. The research will be disseminated widely to ensure greater engagement with the profession and business.

Applications for funding are welcome from researchers and institutions anywhere in the world and are not restricted to the academic community.

In order to maximise impact ICAS will partner with other high profile bodies to ensure the maximum reach of research and the involvement of experts in that topic. Examples of recent collaborations with other bodies include the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board, the UK Financial Reporting Council and the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group.

Pro-active applications

Applications for research funding are considered, under our pro-active route, where they are in the public interest and are consistent with the ICAS Technical Policy Board's (TPB's) policy themes and the policy positions of one of the ICAS technical committees. If you would like to submit an application, please refer to our guidance notes and complete an informal proposal form.If you have any queries regarding ICAS pro-active research funding applications please contact the ICAS Research Centre (email or phone +44(0)131 347 0237).

Calls for research

The Technical Policy Board (TPB) of ICAS works in conjunction with the ICAS Research Committee to identify topics where research is considered crucial to take forward an important issue affecting the profession or business in an international or UK context. The calls for research may be specific or identify a broader theme or programme of work. In such circumstances a call for research will be issued and advertised below.

Current calls for research

What is performance?

ICAS seeks applications to undertake projects addressing the issues around performance.  Proposals must address the public interest and may include, but not be confined to, any of the issues raised in the ICAS ‘What is performance?’ discussion paper and call for research.

Grants of up to £25,000 are available to undertake such projects and the deadline for applications has been extended to 21 October 2016.

For further details please see the ‘What is performance?’ paper.

What do we know about...?

ICAS seeks applications to undertake policy relevant literature reviews which tie in with the ICAS Technical Policy Board key policy themes and positions PDF [587 KB].

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to undertake such reviews and there is no deadline for applications.

For further details please see the ICAS call for research flyer PDF [163 KB].

If you would like to be notified of new calls for research you can register for our e-news service.

If you have any queries regarding ICAS calls for research please contact the ICAS Research Centre (email or phone +44(0)131 347 0237).


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