Current Research Opportunities

The Institute of Internal Auditors Research Foundation (IIARF) provides a variety of opportunities for researchers around the world to participate in internal audit research.

Currently The IIARF is accepting expressions of interest from authors or data analysts who want to develop reports for the Global Internal Audit Common Body of Knowledge (CBOK). This project will include about 30 reports based on the global practitioner survey, which will be conducted in February and March of 2015. For more information about CBOK in general, visit the CBOK Resource Exchange.

You can submit an expression of interest using the following link:

CBOK 2015: Expression of Interest – Authors and Data Analysts

Submissions will be reviewed and answered at least once per quarter, with the first review scheduled in December 2015. Authors and data analysts will be selected based on qualifications and understanding of internal auditing at a global level. More detailed information about the qualifications and report topics is listed below.

Author Requirements

  • In-depth experience in internal auditing
  • Ability to provide perspective and context for survey findings based on the current environment of the internal audit profession
  • Ability to explain complex information in a conversational style
  • Excellent writing ability (demonstrated by writing samples in English)
  • Ability to meet deadlines

Data Analyst Requirements

  • Ability to perform correlations and tests for significance with SPSS or a similar program (demonstrated by an analysis example)
  • Ability to create bar charts, line graphs, histograms, and other graphics
  • Understanding of the internal audit profession
  • Ability to provide information to authors rapidly in order to meet deadlines
  • Ability to follow academic standards for reporting statistical research

Report Descriptions

  • Each CBOK practitioner study report will be defined by a report description
  • Reports will be in one of three lengths: 4 pages, 12 pages, 24 pages
  • The report description will include:
    • The objectives of the report
    • Which survey questions must be addressed in the report
    • Which IIA guidance must be taken into consideration while writing the report
    • Number of exhibits, number of key findings, a writing template, and so on


  • The IIARF has established honorarium amounts based on the length of the report. (Equal compensation for equal work.)
  • If the report is written by more than one person, the honorarium will be divided according to the team’s preferences.
  • Authors or analysts may choose to defer their compensation and donate it to the CBOK fund if they desire.