The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy is awarding $25,000 in grants to academicians and post-doctoral researchers to research educational issues that affect CPAs, the public accounting professions and the responsibility of state accounting boards to protect the public.

NASBA plans to fund and award up to three research grants this year totaling up to $25,000 for one-year research projects. The group is encouraging faculty and post-doctoral researchers at U.S. academic institutions to apply.

“NASBA is excited to work with the academic community again,” said NASBA chief relationship officer Alfonzo Alexander in a statement. “We desire to be a resource for CPAs, educators, regulators and CPA candidates through this program.”

Research interests of NASBA include, but are not limited to the characteristics of successful CPA candidates; ideal or model curricula for successful CPA candidates; effective sections or rules of code of professional conduct to protect the public; characteristics of the best work experience requirements; barriers such as education; examination, or experience for minorities and other groups seeking a CPA license; and the success or failure of online accounting education.

Research grants were awarded lst year to researchers representing Mount Olive College in Mount Olive, N.C., Alabama A&M University in Normal, Ala., Howard University in Washington, D.C., the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss.; and St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn.

NASBA will be accepting research grant proposals in electronic format until April 9, but is encouraging applicants to submit proposals before the midnight deadline. Grant recipients will be announced on May 16.

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