Research Programs for Funding and Development
The IIA Research Foundation (IIARF) invites researchers throughout the world to undertake initiatives that promote thought leadership and offer innovative ideas for the internal audit profession. The IIARF recognizes that stakeholders’ needs are diverse and many of the issues of interest cannot be addressed with a singular approach.
The IIARF supports research projects and educational products.
Research projects focus on discovering cutting-edge information about the internal audit profession using academic research methods such as surveys, focus groups, interviews, case studies, literature review, and data analysis.
Educational products are designed to provide information that internal audit practitioners can use on the job and most often include “how-to” information, tools, and best practices.
As a result, the following three programs are used for conducting research and educational publications:
1. Solicited Research and Educational Product Program
The Solicited Research program is The IIARF’s strategic research program. The objective of the Solicited Research program is to sponsor research projects that address current and emerging priority issues for the internal audit profession. Solicited Research refers to research projects in which priority topics are identified and Requests for Proposals (RFPs) are released at the beginning of the first quarter each year. The research team or author is selected through a competitive process.
The 2013 Solicited Research RFP process is currently closed. Please check this site in the first quarter of 2014 for newly posted priority RFPs.
The proposal submission deadline is March 31st. Topics that do not receive accepted proposal will be kept open for the calendar year.
2. Unsolicited Research and Educational Product Program
The Unsolicited Research program is intended to promote innovative publications through projects proposed by potential researchers and authors to meet the future needs of the internal audit profession.
Research projects should follow the research project submission guidelines, and educational products should follow the educational product submission guidelines. Full proposals for the most promising projects are approved in July and awarded in December.
The IIARF has decided not to fund the Unsolicited Program in 2014 in an effort to dedicate resources to the Solicited Program and the CBOK 2015 Project.
3. Research Partnership Program
As part of a strategic initiative, The IIARF actively pursues opportunities with other organizations to leverage funding and share knowledge through research partnerships. Research partners are typically organizations with research objectives similar to those of The IIARF to promote the internal audit profession who are willing to contribute cash and/or in-kind contributions toward the project expenses.
For more information regarding Research, contact The IIARF at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information regarding Education, contact The IIARF at email@example.com