The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy is calling for proposals for its Accounting Education Research Grants Program.

The program, which was established in 2011, aims to advance research on educational issues affecting CPAs, the public accounting profession and the mission of boards of accountancy to protect the public.

This year, NASBA will fund and award a maximum of three grants totaling up to $25,000 for one-year research projects. Faculty and postdoctoral researchers at U.S. academic institutions are encouraged to submit proposals for consideration.

“NASBA’s accounting education research grants are a win-win-win opportunity,” said NASBA Education Committee chair Karen Turner in a statement. “Boards of accountancy win because they receive valuable information that helps with their decision making. Academics win when they receive funding necessary to complete research important to their careers. And finally, the profession as a whole wins through a closer relationship between practitioners and academics.”

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

• Characteristics of successful CPA candidates,
• Ideal or model curricula for successful CPA candidates,
• Inclusion of International Financial Reporting Standards within the accounting curriculum and on the CPA exam,
• Effective sections or rules of code of professional conduct to protect the public,
• Characteristics of the best work experience requirements for licensure,
• Ways to increase the diversity within the profession, and
• Effective on-line accounting education.

In 2012, NASBA awarded grants to researchers representing the following institutions: DePaul University (Chicago), Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.), Northern Kentucky University (Highland Heights, Ky.), Indiana University (Bloomington, Ind.) and the University of New Hampshire (Durham, N.H.). To view a comprehensive listing of past grant recipients, click here.

Proposals will be accepted in electronic format through 11:59 p.m. Central Time on April 9, 2013. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals in advance of the deadline. Grant recipients will be announced on May 10, 2013.

For more information on the call for proposals, including a full program description, eligibility requirements, application deadlines and details on proposal submission, click here.