Program Overview

Members of the Academy of International Business (AIB) at many schools, especially schools located in developing economies, do not have access to funding for research expenses (e.g., databases, software, interview, and fieldwork expenses, etc.) to support them in writing academic articles in international business. To help address this lack of access, the grants in this program support an AIB goal to level the playing field in terms of allowing all AIB members to have access to funding needed for research projects. Combined with various research seminars that are being conducted (e.g., via the new joint initiative with CIBER), the goal of these grants is to give researchers access to both the tools (e.g., methodologies) and materials (e.g., data) needed to conduct high quality research.

The total sum of grants for this cycle is US$50,000. Each grant will be up to US$10,000. The grant period will be extend from 1 April 2024 to 31 March 2025.

Proposal Submission Deadline: 1 February 2024

Target Applicant

The target applicant for this program is a full-time doctoral student, post-doctoral researcher, or faculty member. The applicant must have a university affiliation and be an AIB member. Priority will be given to applications from developing countries and in cases where it can be demonstrated that access to research funding is limited.  An applicant can only be part of one proposal each funding cycle.

Eligible Expenses and Deliverables

The program is open to all types of methods and research topics in international business and provides grants toward direct research expenses, such as data collection and analysis, software purchase, and compensation for research assistants. Grants cannot be used for work or expenses that occurred prior to the submission of the application or expenses such as conference-related costs, any form of compensation for the applicant, and any type of university overhead.

Each proposal must be led by a Principal Investigator (PI) who satisfies the criteria for the target applicant. A proposal may include Co-Investigators (Cis), but the PI is responsible for signing an agreement with the AIB. The PI will also be required to provide a final report on the project within 60 days of the end of the grant period. The final report will briefly summarize the preliminary research findings and document how the grant was used vis-à-vis the proposed budget.

AIB encourages grantees to look for opportunities to share their findings with the AIB membership through presentations at an AIB conference or by submitting a manuscript to one of AIB’s publications.

Submission Guidelines

The PI can submit the proposal here using the link below. An active AIB member login is required to access this submission form.

The proposal should be in a single PDF file including the following materials:

  • Cover page
    • Title of the project
    • Funds requested (up to $10,000)
    • Name, title, and affiliation of the PI and CIs (if any)
  • Research proposal of 3 pages
    • Research question(s), brief review of relevant literature, and expected contributions.
    • An overview of the research design, including how data will be collected and analyzed.
    • Disclosure of any potential conflicts of interest, non-disclosure agreements, sources of project funding, or conditions to where the resulting research can be published.
    • Statement that any resulting publication will acknowledge AIB’s funding of the research.
  • Detailed budget and schedule for the usage of funds.

Eligible Expenses and Deliverables

The program is open to all types of methods and research topics in international business and provides grants toward direct research expenses, such as data

The evaluation committee consists of three board members of the AIB Research Methods Shared Interest Group, one member of the AIB Emerging Markets Shared Interest Group, and one member of the AIB Executive Board. The committee members will review eligible applications according to the criteria outlined above and make collective decisions through discussion and, if needed, majority vote counts. The committee will notify applicants regarding their decision by 1 March 2024. The evaluation committee will announce the grant recipients but will not offer individualized feedback on the proposals. The evaluation committee will focus on four key areas when evaluating each proposal.

  1. Potential theoretical or empirical contribution to international business research.
  2. Potential contribution to international business research methods.
  3. Research design and methodological quality.
  4. The extent to which the grant will impact the contribution and success of the project.


For any questions regarding the application process, please contact Stav Fainshmidt at