ACFS promotes the creation of knowledge by academic finance researchers and the dissemination of that knowledge to industry and government. The ACFS Research Grant program has operated since 2005, and has disbursed some $1.8 million in funding across 135 grants over that time. Research grants are awarded to academics at the program’s contributing universities.*

Awardees must apply their  grant funds towards research that leads publication in a peer-reviewed academic journal, with the project completed within an 18-month timeframe. Additionally, they are encouraged to submit a short paper outlining the results of their research to JASSA: The Finsia Journal of Applied Finance, and present their findings at ACFS-organised conferences and seminars.

In 2017, Academic Research Grants were awarded to the following researchers:

Assessing the Risk and Return of Australian Superfunds across investment options
University: Monash University
Lead Investigator: Banita Bissoondoyal-Bheenick
Brief Discussion Paper

The Valuation of Speculative Position-Taking and Imputation Tax Credits within the BHP Billiton Group Dual-Listed Structure
University: University of Melbourne
Lead Investigator: Sean Pinder
Brief Discussion Paper

Volatility connectedness between equity index sectors: Dynamics within the ASX
University: University of South Australia
Lead Investigator: Ronald McIver
Status: In progress
Brief Discussion Paper

Is there a deficit of consumer trust in the financial sector? If so, what concrete measures can be implemented to remedy this?
University: RMIT University
Lead Investigator: Lisa Farrell
Status: In progress
Brief Discussion Paper

Where does the crowd feel confident? The role of culture, politics, and institutions
University: Monash University
Lead Investigator: Abu Zafar Shahriar
Status: In progress
Brief Discussion Paper

Stock market returns and macroeconomic activity: Australia over the long term
University: University of South Australia
Lead Investigator: Rajabrata Banerjee
Status: In progress
Brief Discussion Paper

 

*In 2017, these contributing universities are Monash University, RMIT University, University of Melbourne, University of South Australia.