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American Accounting Association

Call for Proposals

Steve Berlin/CITGO Grant

Previous Winners

The purpose of the Steve Berlin/CITGO Grant program is to foster academics' understanding of the contemporary external reporting and governance challenges faced by preparers. Such understanding might be fostered by academics conducting field research, field studies, working in the field, or other such activities.

The AAA may award individual grants up to $10,000. The total amount awarded from the Berlin/CITGO grant in any one year should not exceed $25,000, ensuring that the grant will sustain such inquiry over at least a four-year period.


  1. Relevance and timeliness of topic.
  2. Likelihood of successful completion of the work in a timely and competent manner.
  3. Likelihood of the work having an effect on others' understanding of the issue studied.

Topic examples include, but are not limited to: the application of judgment and expertise in arriving at estimates reported in financial statements; the role of accounting in governance; preparation of an informative Management's Discussion and Analysis in compliance with SEC guidelines; enhancing the credibility and information value of voluntary disclosures; and strategic uses of financial reporting to reduce information asymmetries.

  • Eligible applicants are all AAA members who are full-time accounting faculty.
  • Individual grants are limited to $10,000.
  • Projects must be completed, with a written-work product, within two years after the grant date.

To apply, please submit four copies of each of the following items by March 8, 2013.

  1. A double-spaced, typed proposal not to exceed five pages that explains the proposed field work, the method of study including company contacts and anticipated field site(s), and a description of the anticipated completed work product.
  2. A budget detailing estimated expenses and a total funding request. Grants are intended primarily to cover expenses directly related to the field work (e.g., travel, research assistance) with no more than $4,000 being devoted to faculty stipends. Grants will not cover applicants' overhead.
  3. A curriculum vitae indicating qualifications for such work.
  4. At the applicant's option, up to two recommendation letters.

Proposals will be evaluated by a four-person committee chaired by the American Accounting Association's Vice President-Research and Publications with representatives from the Financial Accounting and Reporting, Management Accounting, and Auditing Sections of the AAA. Grant recipients will be notified by April 30, 2013.

Grant proposals should be sent to:

Vice President–Research and Publications
Steven J. Kachelmeier
University of Texas-Austin
Dept of Accounting
CBA 4M.202
1 University Station B6400
Austin, TX 78712-0803
Phone: 512-471-3517


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