Call for Proposals

for ABFM’s 33rd Annual Research Conference

The Association for Budgeting and Financial Management invites proposals for panels, papers, and posters for its 33rd annual research conference, September 30 to October 2, 2021, at the Washington, D.C. Marriott in Georgetown. Proposals are invited from practitioners, scholars, and students of public budgeting and financial management on the full range of topics encompassed by our name. Proposals should address relevant issues at any level of government or other public-serving organization, across the full range of practical and theoretical applications.

Examples of topics from panels and presentations in previous years are provided below.

Questions or comments about your proposal, please send them to the conference committee chair at Robert.Bland@unt.edu.

Notice of accepted proposals will be made by July 1.

Safety protocols in place at the time of the conference will be enforced. Conference registration, hotel, and travel information will be available soon on our conference webpage.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

Deadline for Submissions: June 4, 2021


Examples of Previous Years’ Presentation Topics

  • Budgetary Theory
  • Politics of the Budgetary Process Budgeting and Economic Development International and Comparative Budgeting
  • Citizen Participation in Budgeting Performance Budgeting
  • Budgeting for National Security Forecasting
  • Capital Planning and Budgeting
  •  Revenue Diversification
  • Not-for-Profit Finance/Financial Management
  • Tax Policy and Administration
  •  Public Pensions
  • Cybersecurity and Public Finance
  • Budgeting/Financial Management for Disasters
  • Healthcare Finance
  • Intergovernmental Finance/Fiscal Federalism Education Finance
  • Transportation Finance Municipal Securities
  • Debt Financing and Management Investment Management
  • Accounting and Financial Reporting Financial Management
  • Financing Urban Governments Public-Private-Nonprofit Partnerships

Paper Proposals

Proposals for individual paper presentations are welcomed on any topic in public budgeting or financial management. Papers may be normative, descriptive, or explanatory and address a topic in the study or practice of budgeting and public financial management at any level of government or in the nonprofit sector. Doctoral students in at least their third year may propose a paper for presentation with the endorsement of their major advisor. Proposed papers must include the following:

  1. Title of proposed paper or presentation (maximum 30 characters).
  2. Author(s)
    • Name of author or co-authors, title, institutional affiliation, email contact
    • doctoral students include number of hours completed in their program as of June 1 and the endorsement of their major advisor
  3. Abstract (Up to 150 word abstract for the proposed paper).

Multiple paper proposals are welcomed. Please indicate the priority of each proposal. Paper proposals and abstracts must be received by the submission deadline to be considered for inclusion in the 2021 conference.

Poster Proposals

Proposals for poster presentations are welcomed from doctoral students in their first or second year of full-time study (or the equivalent). Posters may be normative, descriptive, or explanatory but must address a topic in the study or practice of budgeting and public financial management at any level of government or in the nonprofit sector. A dedicated time slot will be used for accepted posters to be presented. A panel will select an outstanding poster for recognition and a modest financial award. Proposed posters must include the following:

  1. Title of proposed poster (maximum 30 characters).
  2. Author(s)
    • Name of doctoral student, institutional affiliation, name of major advisor, number of hours completed in the doctoral program as of June 1, and email contact
  3. Abstract (Up to 150 word abstract for the proposed poster).

Panel Proposals

Proposals for panels are invited that address the theory and practice of budgeting and public finance at all levels of government and in nonprofit organizations. Proposals may be normative, descriptive, or explanatory. To be considered, proposals must include the following:

  1. Title of proposed panel (maximum 30 characters).
  2. Panel chair or host (Name, title, institutional affiliation, email contact).
  3. Panelists (Name, title, institutional affiliation, title of paper, email contact; maximum of four presentations).
  4. Abstracts: (Up to 150 word abstract for each paper proposed for panel).

Multiple panel proposals are welcomed. Please indicate the priority of each proposal. Panel proposals and abstracts must be received by the submission deadline to be considered for inclusion in the 2021 conference.