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2 Grants for research into "Low Carbon Investing"
EDHEC Scientific Beta France
Submission deadline: July 31, 2020

The EDHEC Scientific Beta research chair is inviting research proposals in the area of “Low Carbon Investing.” These research grants will support academic research that is practically relevant and provides a significant contribution to the academic literature. Funding is available for up to two projects, and each grant will be for 10,000 euros with an additional bonus of 10,000 euros awarded upon publication in a top-tier academic journal. Payment will be made directly to the researcher, unless otherwise requested, and this research support does not in any way preclude subsequent publication of the paper in a journal of the researcher's choice (only an acknowledgement of the research funding is required).




– For more details & instructions, please see the complete Call for Research Proposals.
– For submission and any other questions about the grants, please email severine.cibelly@scientificbeta.com 

1st Edinburgh Conference on the Economics of Financial Technology (EFT)
June 17-19, 2020
University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Submission deadline: January 13, 2020

Against the backdrop of regulatory developments, innovations in technology have significantly reshaped the finance landscape across the world, upending long-established orders of asset transformation. The economic processes in the finance sector are inextricably linked to the wellbeing of everyone in a modern economy. Therefore, our ongoing understanding of the evolution of the sector is non-negotiable. Academics, finance experts, and policymakers have a responsibility to lead this drive.

The Edinburgh Futures Institute and the University of Edinburgh Business School are organising the First Edinburgh Conference on the Economics of Financial Technology (EFT) in order to stimulate debate and research on financial innovation and the digital economy and how they impact welfare. The conference aims to bring together academics, policymakers, and finance professionals to share new insights and discuss the economic issues related to the application of technology to the practice of finance in a rapidly evolving regulatory landscape. The three-day conference will include three keynote lectures, two policy-oriented panel discussions on how academic research can help accelerate innovation in the finance sector for societal benefit, and presentations of research papers.

For full details on this inaugural event, please see the EFT Leaflet – as well as the Call for Papers, Programme, Organising Committee & Scientific Committee pages available on the EFT conference website.

– Bruno Biais (HEC Paris)
– Sanjiv Das (Santa Clara University)

We invite the submission of extended abstracts (approximately 5 pages) but also welcome full papers. Your paper should be submitted electronically (PDF only) by no later than January 13, 2020.



7th IB & Finance Paper Development Workshop
“Advancing Interdisciplinary Perspectives in IB & Finance Research”
September 10-11, 2020
King's Business School, London, UK 
Submission deadline (extended abstracts or full papers): July 1, 2020

For the seventh consecutive year, we invite researchers to join their efforts and creativity in developing papers at the intersection of International Business and Finance. The workshop is designed to connect junior scholars to like-minded peers, and to offer hands-on guidance from senior faculty from the fields. The workshop is organized and financially supported by the Department of Global Business and Trade at WU Vienna and and King’s Business School in London. IB researchers increasingly call for further integration of Finance and IB. The goal of the 7th IB & Finance Paper Development Workshop is to create an interactive forum for both IB/Finance researchers. We also encourage contributions from Strategy, Accounting and Management with international and/or Finance perspectives.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

Participants receive an in-depth review by an assigned member of the senior faculty. Each paper is presented to and discussed by all participants (approx. 60 minutes per paper). The workshop is also open to interested scholars without papers to present. There is no fee for the workshop. Catering, lunch and reception are provided by the Department of Global Business and Trade, WU Vienna, and King’s Business School.

For further details please refer to the Call for Papers or reach out by e-mail.

Thomas Lindner
WU Vienna, Institute for International Business, Department of Global Business and Trade
E- Mail: thomas.lindner@wu.ac.at

2020 China International Conference in Finance (CICF)
July 7-10, 2020
Shanghai, China
Submission deadline: extended to February 17, 2020

The China International Conference in Finance (CICF) provides an open platform to bring together scholars worldwide to present current research and stimulate exchanges on new developments in finance. Over the years, CICF has grown to be one of the leading conferences in financial research in the world. The next conference will be held from July 7 to 10, 2020 in the city of Shanghai.

Papers in all areas of finance are welcome. The conference follows the format of major international conferences. In addition, we would like to encourage authors to submit to the special sessions on China Focus.

Kenneth J. Singleton, Stanford University

Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF), Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Jiang Wang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Zhiguo He, University of Chicago

Kewei Hou, The Ohio State University


Authors are invited to submit completed papers. Papers will be selected by the Program Committee consisting of a panel of international scholars. Please submit your papers in electronic format (PDF files only) to: http://www.cicfconf.org/submission.php 

Paper submission deadline: February 10, 2020 – extended to February 17, 2020.

The submitting authors will be notified of the Program Committee's decision by April 15, 2020.


Email: contact@cicfconf.org

2020 Summer Institute of Finance Conference (SIF)
July 13-14, 2020

Xi’an, China
Submission deadline: February 28, 2020

The Summer Institute of Finance (SIF) will host its eleventh annual conference July 13-14, 2020, in the ancient city of Xi’an, China. The SIF Conference is organized by the Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF) at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The conference typically hosts about 60 participants to discuss cutting-edge topics in current financial research. While all quality submissions are welcome, there will be a special session on Chinese financial markets and institutions. Early drafts with innovative ideas are also encouraged.

The submission website (http://www.cafr-sif.com) is open until February 28, 2020. Afterwards, all submissions will be reviewed by a program committee of renowned international scholars, chaired by Professor Xiaoyun Yu of Indiana University. Authors of the accepted papers will be notified by April 24, 2020.

For more information about the conference and paper submission (in pdf format), please visit: http://www.cafr-sif.com, or contact sif@saif.sjtu.edu.cn.

47th EFA Annual Meeting – 2020 EFA Doctoral Tutorial | 2020 EFA Doctoral Workshop is going virtual
August 19, 2020

Submission / Application link for both EFA doctoral events: http://www.conftool.com/efa2020
Submission / Application deadline: March 15, 2020

A one-day EFA Doctoral Tutorial (EFA-DT) will be held on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. This well-established yearly EFA doctoral event is intended for Finance students nearing completion of their PhD who are about to enter the job market. The EFA-DT offers selected students a unique opportunity to present their papers and receive constructive feedback from notable faculty discussants in their fields. For more details, please refer to the EFA Doctoral Tutorial website and the EFA Annual Meeting Doctoral Events webpage. Authors of papers presented at the EFA-DT will each receive a stipend after the event to help cover registration and travel expenses. Interested PhD students should consult the EFA-DT guidelines for making submissions between: February 15, 2020 (when submission opens) and the deadline: March 15, 2020 (when submission closes) – those accepted should also refer to the EFA 2020 Helsinki conference website for relevant news and updates. The prizes for the Best EFA Doctoral Tutorial Paper are presented during the EFA Annual Meeting. In addition to receiving a money prize; the EFA-DT award winner is also invited & expected to present the winning paper at the CQA Fall Conference held in early to mid-September (all expenses paid).
NOTE: Students selected for the EFA Doctoral Tutorial are expected to register for and participate in the EFA Annual Meeting.
ATTENTION: Accepted students must fully disclose whether their September schedule allows for travel to Chicago to participate in the CQA Fall Conference if they win the EFA-DT best paper prize, and give advance notice if they may be unable to fulfill this potential prize commitment (which in no way diminishes their chances of winning the best paper prize yet enables the DT organizers to make alternate arrangements).

2020 EFA-DT Co-Chairs:

EFA-DT WEBSITE: http://european-finance.org/doctoral-tutorial


The one-day EFA Doctoral Workshop (EFA-DW) is postponed to 2021.   In 2018 EFA launched its successful educational workshop series on "New Frontiers in Finance" intended for PhD students in their second or third year. The topics change from year to year – in 2021, the EFA-DW looks at Blockchains & Cryptocurrency. This one-day workshop will study the new FinTech area of digital currency and blockchains, which has become one of the fastest growing research areas in Finance. We will examine research into the architecture of distributed ledgers, decentralized consensus protocols, and smart contracts, as well as the governance issues connected to them. Uses of cryptocurrency in payments, entrepreneurial finance (ICOs), remittances, and capital market clearing and settlement will be explored. Additional sessions will consider research into the performance of digital assets as investments and the emergence of stablecoins as potential rivals to sovereign fiat currencies, among other topics. This EFA-DW will highlight the most important research published to date on these topics and look closely at emerging regulation and FinTech data sources. For more details, please refer to the EFA Doctoral Workshop website and the EFA Annual Meeting Doctoral Events webpage. Accepted applicants for the 2020 EFA-DW will each receive a complimentary EFA membership as well as a registration pass to the EFA Annual Meeting. Interested PhD students are advised to consult the EFA-DW application guidelines  – and those accepted should also refer to the EFA 2020 Helsinki conference website for relevant news and updates.
NOTE: Students accepted for the EFA Doctoral Workshop are expected to register for and participate in the EFA Annual Meeting.

2021 EFA-DW Chair & Invited Speakers:

To be confirmed.

EFA-DW WEBSITE: http://european-finance.org/doctoral-workshop

47th EFA Annual Meeting is going virtual
August 19-22, 2020

Website: http://efa2020.efa-meetings.org
Submission link: http://www.conftool.com/efa2020
Submission deadline: February 1, 2020

Members of the European Finance Association (EFA) are invited to the 47th EFA Annual Meeting organized in collaboration with Aalto University School of Business, to be held on-line on August 19-22, 2020. Papers on any topic related to Finance are welcome, although papers that have already been presented at major conferences (such as the AFA or WFA) are given a lower priority – and those accepted (or conditionally accepted) for a journal are excluded. Each author is restricted to one submission only.

Papers are anonymously reviewed by multiple members of the Program Committee, and authors are notified of the Program Committee's decision in April. Authors of accepted papers are expected to attend the entire conference and be available to serve as session chairs or discussants. The EFA 2020 program will be available in June.

Only fully-subscribed EFA members for the 2020 calendar year may submit a paper to and/or register for the 47th EFA Annual Meeting. To avoid the rush prior to the submission deadline (February 1st), please renew or sign up for EFA membership as soon as possible! To renew or apply for EFA membership (which includes a complimentary paper submission to the Annual Meeting and an online member subscription to the Review of Finance as benefits), follow the link https://academic.oup.com/rof/subscribe and select the lower rate posted for EFA members – then complete the OUP online payment process. Once you have successfully applied for or renewed your membership, a payment receipt is automatically delivered to your inbox – you are then considered a fully-subscribed EFA member for the calendar year (January–December) and are thus eligible to submit a paper to and/or register for the EFA Annual Meeting (which is a members-only event).

The annual EFA membership & payment process is handled by Oxford Journals | Oxford University Press (OUP) on behalf of the European Finance Association (EFA). Current EFA members receive a personal online subscription to Review of Finance (RF), EFA's own journal. Inquiries on EFA membership or payment status may be directed to OUP at the e-mail address EFAmembership@oup.com – all other subscription-related inquiries should be e-mailed to OUP Customer Services at jnls.cust.serv@oup.com. To read the latest RF issue online, visit the OUP website at the link https://academic.oup.com/rof/issue. For information on journal contributions and related inquiries, consult the Review of Finance Editorial Office website at the link http://revfin.org/ or send an e-mail to revoffinance@gmail.com.

More details and regularly updated information about the EFA 2020 Helsinki conference are available at the link http://efa2020.efa-meetings.org.

Matti Keloharju
EFA 2020 Program Chair
Aalto Distinguished Professor
Eero Kasanen Professor of Finance
Aalto University School of Business

We look forward to receiving your submissions & hosting you at EFA 2020 on-line!

2nd Conference on Behavioral Research in Finance, Governance, and Accounting (BFGA 2020)
October 22-23, 2020
Rauischholzhausen Castle, (near) Marburg, Germany
Submission deadline: May 31, 2020 

Justus Liebig University Giessen in conjunction with the GGS invite academics and PhD students to submit papers for consideration of presentation at the 2nd Conference on Behavioral Research in Finance, Governance, and Accounting (BFGA 2020). The conference will be held at Rauischholzhausen Castle near Marburg.

Accepted papers will be considered for two Best Paper Awards.

The keynote speech will be given by Prof. Steffen Andersen (Professor of Finance at Copenhagen Business School).

For paper submission and more information visit www.bfga-conference.com or contact info@bfga-conference.com.


Hong Kong Institute for Monetary and Financial Research (HKIMR) – Research Programmes
Quarterly submission deadlines: March 31; June 30; September 30; December 31

The Hong Kong Institute for Monetary and Financial Research (HKIMR) is an affiliate of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA). Our objective is to conduct high-quality research in the broad fields of economics and finance that is of strategic importance to the HKMA, Hong Kong and the Asia-Pacific region. Four times per year we invite academics to submit research proposals for visits to the Institute of up to 4 weeks. The research topics are for the applicants to decide. The proponents will have the choice to submit to any of the Institute’s Research Programmes. Proposals submitted for consideration in the Thematic Study Programme will have to address issues related to the current thematic areas of interest of the Institute. A successful candidate is likely to have a PhD in Economics or Finance, hold an academic position and should possess a track record of publications in top peer-reviewed academic journals. Full details about the Institute’s Research Programmes can be found on http://www.hkimr.org/content-id13. The Institute offers an internationally competitive remuneration package. If interested, please contact us via e-mail: hkimr@hkma.gov.hk.

Think Forward Initiative (TFI)
Submission deadline: October 6, 2019

The Think Forward Initiative (TFI) has launched a new call for research proposals. We will be awarding funding to original research projects that provide relevant impact-driven insights in the domains of people’s (financial) decision-making, financial health, and financial well-being.

The TFI is looking for applications for our two research tracks. The short-term research track provides funding up to €10,000 per project that can be completed within six months. The long-term research track offers funding up to €100,000 per project that can be completed within two years. Proposals can be submitted to one of the six priority themes but proposals that address other relevant topics are welcome as a wildcard submission.

Please find all details about this call here. Submissions are due by October 6, 2019.

Have questions about your submission?

TFI have set up some telephone conference sessions to answer any questions you may have about your submission. Register below to take part:

Alternatively, you may get in touch with the TFI by sending your questions via e-mail to maria.ferreira.sequeda@ing.com.

The Think Forward Initiative (TFI) is a multidisciplinary and open initiative that promotes research and practical solutions with the ambitious goal of empowering more than 100 million people to make better financial decisions. The TFI is supported by a purpose-driven partnership between ING, the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), Deloitte, Amazon Web Services, and Dell Technologies.

"Intangible Assets and Factor Investing"
Submission deadline: September 30, 2019

The EDHEC Scientific Beta Research chair is inviting research applications in the area of "Intangible Assets and Factor Investing". These research grants will support academic research on factor investing that is practically relevant and provides a substantial contribution to the academic literature. Funding is available for two projects, and each grant will be for 10,000 euros with an additional bonus of 10,000 euros awarded upon publication in a top-tier academic journal (a list of relevant journals, which includes FT-listed accounting and finance journals, will be provided to the selected researchers). Payment will be made directly to the researcher, unless otherwise requested, and this research support does not in any way preclude subsequent publication of the paper in a journal of the researcher's choice (only an acknowledgement of the research funding is required).

Research projects should address how considering intangible capital affects widely-documented asset pricing factors, such as value, investment and profitability. Such factors draw on accounting information, which often ignores intangible capital or treats intangibles inconsistently. While a growing literature considers the effects of intangibles, it remains unclear how intangible capital should be incorporated in empirical asset pricing. The following list contains examples of relevant questions:

Proposals should contain a detailed outline of the research to be conducted and an explanation of its contribution. Specifically, a single PDF should be submitted that contains the following:

A related paper, if available, may be enclosed in a separate file.

Researchers should submit their proposals and their vita to severine.cibelly@scientificbeta.com.

Proposals will be selected by a selection committee composed of:

The deadline for submission of proposals is September 30, 2019.
Decisions on proposals will be made by November 30, 2019.
All decisions are final.

Authors whose proposals are selected will be expected to deliver a working paper and present the research at the annual conference of the EDHEC Scientific Beta Research chair. EDHEC will pay reasonable expenses incurred for coming to the conference.

ESRB-ASC Research Prize in Finance
Submission deadline: March 31, 2019

The Advisory Scientific Committee (ASC) of the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB) annually awards a research prize for young researchers in finance called the “Ieke van den Burg Prize for Research on Systemic Risk”. Ms. van den Burg was dedicated to the notion that finance should serve society, and this prize is administered in that spirit. The ESRB-ASC Prize includes a money award of €5,000.

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be under 35 years old on December 31st of the previous year the prize is awarded. Both single-authored and co-authored papers may be submitted for consideration, but all authors of a given paper must comply with the under-35 age requirement.

SUBMISSION: Applicants must submit a completed paper on a topic related to the ESRB’s mission of preventing and mitigating systemic risks to financial stability. In particular, applications are invited from authors of papers covering at least one of the following topics:

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 31st, midnight CET

BEST PAPER PRIZE: The ASC will select the winning paper, based on its judgement of the paper that represents an outstanding contribution to a topic of interest and relevance to the ESRB. The author(s) of the winning paper will be expected to present their research at an ESRB conference. The prize amounts to €5,000, and is intended to support the research activities of the recipient(s). This total cash award is the same for single and co-authored papers. If more than one winning paper is selected, the total cash award will be distributed equally between each paper.

MORE INFORMATION: Details of the 2019 ESRB-ASC Prize and eligibility criteria can be found in the Call for Papers. Previous winners are listed on the ESRB-ASC Website.

WEBSITE: https://www.esrb.europa.eu/about/orga/asc/ieke/html/index.en.html

CONTACT: ESRB-ASC_Prize@ecb.europa.eu

ERIM PhD Research Projects in Management
Each year ERIM initiates and starts a substantial amount of new and international oriented PhD research projects. The focus is on pioneering and innovative research in the field of Research in Management. Projects are ordered by research program; there is a variety of PhD research projects that are open for applicants. For more info, visit the website: http://www.erim.eur.nl/ERIM/Doctoral_Programme/PhD_in_Management/Current_PhD_Vacancies

Research Grants provided by INQUIRE Europe
The Institute for Quantitative Research (INQUIRE) in Europe provides financial support for academic research projects with potential applications in the field of investment management. Several grants of €10,000 are awarded each year. Payments are made directly to the researcher, unless otherwise requested. Support of a research project by Inquire Europe does not in any way preclude subsequent publication of the paper in a journal of the researcher's choice. Completed papers may be invited for presentation at the INQUIRE's spring or fall Seminars. INQUIRE will pay the researcher's reasonable expenses incurred in connection with the seminar. More info on Inquire Europe, research grants that have been provided in the past, and on the application procedure, is available on INQUIRE’s website: www.inquire-europe.org.

NETSPAR Theme Grants
Netspar is a European network for research and education in the field of pensions, aging and retirement. It is an independent network of academics and practitioners in the field, supported by Dutch universities and private and public institutions that share a keen interest in Netspar's research topics. Researchers of seven Dutch universities, international scientists as well as representatives of insurance companies, pension funds, government bodies and supervisors are affiliated with the network. Every year, Netspar allocates theme-based grants; these annual grants are given for a three-year period. As of 2008, these grants are also available for researchers that are not affiliated with one of the (Dutch) partner universities, up to a maximum of €250,000.

TOPICS: For some examples of granted theme topics, see the webpage: http://www.netspar.nl/themes/

– For further details regarding the theme grants, see the webpage: http://www.netspar.nl/research/grants/
– If you have any questions, please contact: Prof. T. Nijman, e-mail Nyman@uvt.nl.


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