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CAQ and AAA Auditing Section Offer Researchers Sixth Annual Access to Audit Personnel Program

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Washington, DC – The Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) and the American Accounting Association (AAA) issued a call for research proposals as part of their Access to Audit Personnel initiative. Launched in 2012, Access to Audit Personnel is designed to connect academics with audit practitioners who can participate in research projects.

“Today’s evolving business landscape makes academic research more important than ever for improving public company audits,” said Cindy Fornelli, executive director of the CAQ. “We are excited to again offer this program to connect academics with qualified, experienced audit practitioners from all levels of the profession to initiate another round of research opportunities.”

The CAQ and AAA Auditing Section created the program to provide access to audit firm personnel for doctoral students and faculty so they can conduct behavioral research studies on issues related to audit practice.

“The Access to Audit Personnel program has been an invaluable tool to connect scholars with audit personnel,” said Rick Hatfield, President of the AAA Auditing Section and Fayard Endowed Chair in Accounting at the University of Alabama. “The program alleviates the first hurdle of quality academic field work by connecting researchers with qualified participants from multiple audit firms.”

Applicants must submit a proposal that outlines the theory and hypotheses to be tested in the experiment along with a data collection protocol that is in an advanced stage of development. A review committee of well-respected senior academics and audit partners assess the proposals based on methodological soundness, potential contribution to academic literature, and ability to address important research questions that are relevant to practice.

A new video available on the CAQ’s website provides researchers interested in applying for the Access to Audit Program with insights into the review process and tips on crafting a successful proposal.

Since its inception, the Access to Audit Personnel program has provided grant recipients with access to over 2,500 audit participants. The CAQ’s Governing Board firms have worked closely with CAQ staff to ensure successful execution of these projects.

The 2018 request for proposal is available on the CAQ’s website.

Proposals may be submitted using the online application process.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is February 1, 2018.

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About the CAQ

The Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) is an autonomous, nonpartisan public policy organization dedicated to enhancing investor confidence and public trust in the global capital markets. The CAQ fosters high quality performance by public company auditors, convenes and collaborates with other stakeholders to advance the discussion of critical issues requiring action and intervention, and advocates policies and standards that promote public company auditors’ objectivity, effectiveness, and responsiveness to dynamic market conditions. Based in Washington, DC, the CAQ is affiliated with the American Institute of CPAs. For more information, visit

About the AAA

The American Accounting Association promotes worldwide excellence in accounting education, research and practice. The Association is a voluntary organization of persons interested in accounting education and research. For more information, visit