Research Feedback Session: AAA 2019 Auditing Midyear Meeting

***No Longer Accepting Submissions***

Due to popular demand the number of submissions received exceeds the number of available slots. Thank you for your interest in this session! If you have any questions, please email Lauren Tuite at

Do you have a research question that you think might benefit from feedback from a senior audit practitioner? Then take advantage of a unique opportunity at the American Accounting Association's 2019 Auditing Section Midyear Meeting (MYM) for auditing researchers. All research methodologies are welcome.

The CAQ will be scheduling up to ten sessions of 15–20 minutes each at which academic scholars can present their research idea to members of the CAQ’s Research Advisory Board (RAB).

Date: Friday, January 18, 2019

Time: 3:15 p.m.–6:00 p.m. CST

Place: Omni Nashville (the MYM hotel)

This is a chance to receive feedback from the senior practice leaders and non-practice members of the CAQ’s RAB. You will also be able to ask them questions about your research idea so that you can refine your project. New and experienced auditing researchers are encouraged to submit a request to make a pitch.

These sessions are available to all academics that conduct auditing research. The RAB supports studies employing a wide range of research methodologies, including archival studies, meta analyses, modeling, literature reviews, behavioral/experimental research studies, and descriptive analyses. New and experienced auditing researchers may submit a request to make a pitch.

How to Apply

  • Submit a request expressing interest to Include a draft of your Kinney Three Paragraphs (up to two pages) by 5:00 p.m. EST, Monday, January 7, 2019. Tell us what your research question is, why it’s important, and how you plan to address the question. Requests that do not include a Kinney Three Paragraphs writeup will not be considered.
  • In your email, indicate any times you will not be available on Friday, January 18th, between 3:15 p.m.–6:00 p.m. because you are a discussant, presenter, or moderator that is scheduled for the last session of the day: the 3:45 p.m.–5:15 p.m. time slot.
  • Space is limited, so applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Participants will receive a confirmation email with an assigned time slot by Friday, January 11, 2019.

How This Will Work

  • RAB members who are participating in this event will review the Kinney Three Paragraphs to familiarize themselves with your research idea.
  • At the appointed time, you will make a brief five-minute pitch about your research idea (similar to what entrepreneurs do on ).
  • Once you’ve made your pitch, RAB members will provide feedback and ask questions.
  • You will also be able to ask questions of the RAB members.
  • Co-authors are welcome to participate in the Q&A with the RAB members, but only one team member can make the pitch presentation.

The goal is to provide researchers like you with access to seasoned professionals who are interested in seeing you and your research succeed.

Selection to present your research idea does not require you to subsequently submit a proposal to either of the two CAQ research grant programs, though we hope that you would consider that as a viable next step. We cannot guarantee that you will receive an award from these programs, but we hope that participating in this event improves your chances!

Below are a set of FAQs that we hope will address most questions you might have. If you have additional questions, please contact Lauren Tuite (

Q. Who is eligible to submit a request to participate in this event?

A. Any and all academics—from doctoral students all the way up to full professors—are welcome to submit a request to participate. This opportunity is open to anyone who would like to receive feedback on their auditing research question. The RAB supports studies employing a wide range of research methodologies, including archival studies, meta analyses, modeling, literature reviews, behavioral/experimental research studies, descriptive analyses, etc.

Q. Why do I have to describe my research idea using the Kinney Three Paragraphs?

A. We believe that the researcher-practitioner interaction will be enhanced if the RAB members have had an opportunity to read a description of your research question, why you think it’s important, and how you are going to address your question.

Our goal is to provide access to as many researchers as possible during the time allotted at the 2019 Auditing Section Midyear Meeting. If the practitioners have an overview of your research question ahead of time they will be in a better position to provide feedback.

Q. Am I able to submit my request with my Kinney Three Paragraphs before the deadline of 5pm EST Monday, January 7, 2019?

A. Yes. The CAQ is accepting completed requests from now until 5pm EST Monday, January 7, 2019, but no later. Our selections will be based on a first-come, first-served basis; you will be notified by Friday, January 11 if you have been selected.

Q. Do my Kinney Three Paragraphs have to follow any formatting specifications (single/double space, etc.)?

A. No, the CAQ just needs to receive a 1–2-page Kinney Three Paragraphs stating what your research question is, why it’s important and how you plan to address it.

Q. I plan to work with co-authors on my project. Can they participate in the “pitch” meeting?

A. Yes. If your co-authors will be attending the MYM they are welcome to join you. Only one of you can make the 5-minute pitch, but all of you will be able to ask or answer questions.

Q. I am not attending the Auditing Midyear Meeting. Can I still submit a request and make my pitch by telephone, Skype, or Zoom meeting?

A. Unfortunately, all presentations must be made in person.

Q. I submitted a proposal in the past to the CAQ that did not receive an award. Can I submit that research idea through this process so that I can receive feedback? Should I resend my original proposal?

A. If you would like to pitch a research idea and receive feedback we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity. Do not resubmit your original proposal. We are requesting academics to describe their research idea using the Kinney Three Paragraphs approach. Submit a request along with your Kinney Three Paragraphs to by Monday, January 7, 2019.  

Q. Am I required to submit a proposal for a CAQ Access to Audit Personnel (AAP) or Research Advisory Board (RAB) grant based on the research idea I present at this meeting?

A. No, researchers are not required to apply for grants under either CAQ grant program. Our objective is to provide academic scholars with an opportunity to receive feedback and assistance in the development phase of their research project. However, we would hope that you would consider submitting your project for either an AAP or RAB grant.

Q. I do plan to submit a proposal to one of the two CAQ grant programs in 2019. Will presenting my research idea in this forum at the Auditing Midyear Meeting guarantee that my proposal will be accepted for a grant award?

A. The CAQ is committed to supporting valuable independent academic research that can have important, real-world impact on audit quality and the audit of the future. Having the opportunity to participate in this formal exchange about your research idea with several Research Advisory Board members should help you refine your project idea and help in its presentation in your submitted proposal. However, it is not a guarantee that your proposal will receive a CAQ grant award.

Q. What is the difference between the Access to Audit Personnel (AAP) and Research Advisory Board (RAB) grant programs?

A. The AAP program provides behavioral researchers with access to audit personnel to participate in scholarly research; data collection occurs between June and September of the award year. To qualify for consideration, AAP grant submissions must include a proposal as well as a well-developed data collection protocol/instrument. For more information on the AAP program please go here. The AAP program does not provide funding for travel to collect data nor are researchers provided stipends.

The RAB grant program is open to all research methodologies. Often times, the research ideas submitted for RAB grants are in the early stages of development, and academics are seeking funding to support the further advancement of the research question and approach. Most RAB grant awardees are assigned one or more RAB members to serve as mentors who provide insights into practice and/or research methodology. A panel discussion at the 2016 CAQ symposium provides examples from two senior scholars about how this type of interaction with practitioners helped them with their research projects.

RAB grant awardees whose projects employ behavioral research methods that require access to audit personnel will receive access from the CAQ’s eight Governing Board firms.

RAB grant awardees also receive an invitation to the CAQ’s Annual Symposium, held the Sunday before the start of the AAA Annual Meeting. For more information on the RAB funding grant please visit the Research Advisory Board Funding Grants page on the CAQ site.

Q. I had planned to submit a proposal to the Access to Audit Personnel grant program in February. The feedback I receive from this session at the Midyear Meeting may require that I make significant revisions to my data collection protocol. I won’t be able to execute those changes in time for the February 4 submission deadline. What should I do?

A. If you cannot make the changes you think are necessary by the Monday, February 4 AAP deadline, consider submitting your proposal to the RAB grant program. The deadline for RAB grant proposals is Thursday, March 14. RAB grant submissions do not require a well-developed data collection protocol to be included with the proposal.

Q. If I submit a behavioral research proposal through the RAB grant process for the 2019 grant cycle, will I be able to collect data during the summer of 2019 or will I have to wait until Spring 2020?

A. RAB grant award winners are notified in May. If you have a fairly well-developed data collection protocol by May, it is possible that you will be able to administer your study over the summer months in the year the award is made.

Q. Can I submit a proposal to the AAP and/or RAB grant process this year?

A. Yes, both the AAP and RAB 2019 grant cycles are open for submissions. Proposals for AAP are due by 12:00 midnight PST, Monday, February 4, 2019.

RAB grant proposals must be received by 12:00 midnight PDT, Thursday, March 14, 2019.

Q. Have the Request for Proposals (RFPs) for the AAP and RAB grants been released yet for 2019? Where can I find information on both?

A. Yes. The AAP RFP was released in April 2018 and is available here.

The RAB grants RFP was released in November 2018, it can be found here. The RFP includes submission requirements; Topics of Interest for the 2019 grant cycle can be found here.

Q. Will there be opportunities to present research ideas in this kind of setting at next year’s Midyear meeting or at the AAA Annual Meeting in August?

A. Holding “pitch” sessions like this is one of several options under consideration by the Auditing Section and the CAQ. A decision will be made by the end of Q1 2019. The success of the January session will determine the scheduling of future events.