CAQ and AAA Auditing Section Seek Proposals for Access to Audit Personnel Program

August 25, 2015

Washington, DC – The Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) and the Auditing Section of the American Accounting Association (AAA) announced today a request for proposals for a joint program designed to assist accounting and auditing academics in their ability to gain access to audit firm personnel to participate in research projects.

“The CAQ is pleased to be able to continue this valuable program aimed at producing scholarly research that can have an impact on the public company auditing profession. This program provides important benefits to academics as well as the profession that would not be possible without the generous support of our eight Governing Board member firms,” said CAQ Executive Director Cindy Fornelli.

The CAQ and the Auditing Section of the AAA initiated the program in 2012 to provide access to audit firm personnel for doctoral students and assistant professors seeking tenure so that they could conduct behavioral research studies on issues related to audit practice. A review committee of well-respected senior academics and audit partners assess the proposals based on criteria such as methodological soundness, potential contribution to academic literature, and ability to address important research questions that are relevant to practice.

“The Auditing Section appreciates the continued support that the CAQ and the firms provide to our scholars in their efforts to conduct important research,” said AAA Auditing Section President Chris Hogan. “This unique program offers a great opportunity for academic researchers to obtain study participants from multiple firms to address questions that can provide insights into issues that the profession encounters during the execution of the audit.”

Unlike the CAQ’s Research Advisory Board grant program, where academic scholars seek funds to support projects that can use a variety of research methodologies, the applicants in this program are required to submit a data collection protocol that is ready to be implemented, in conjunction with a proposal that outlines the theory and hypotheses to be tested in the experiment. The expectation is that the data collection will be finalized within five months of award, before the start of the profession’s “busy season.”

Since the first set of awards were made in 2013, the Access to Audit Personnel program has provided grant recipients with access to nearly 2,000 audit participants. The typical number of audit firm personnel requested in these projects ranges from 80 to 210. Researchers have been provided access to staff of all levels – from staff auditors up to audit partners. Protocols are administered through various means: hard copy distributed directly to participants, in-person at firm training sessions, and online. The eight CAQ Governing Board firms worked closely with CAQ staff to ensure successful execution of these projects.

The 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 5:00 pm on February 1, 2016.

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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