Grant applications are notoriously difficult and time-consuming. Templates are considered by some as a means to expedite and streamline grant applications, potentially resulting in a less onerous and more efficient process. Since 2015, AFAANZ has led the way by adopting the Pitching Research Framework to structure grant applications. However, empirical evidence is needed to better understand the effectiveness and value of this approach both for grant applicant(s) as well as grant assessor(s). This project seeks to explore the extent to which the Pitching Research Framework (PRF) helps PhD scholars (PhDs), Early Career Researchers (ECRs) and Mid-Career Researchers (MCRs) to develop and submit grant applications to AFAANZ. As this paper is a pre-registered report for the Pacific Basin Finance Journal (PBFJ), the details of the project plan are presented, though with no findings as data collection has not yet commenced. By investigating perceptions of both successful and unsuccessful AFAANZ grant applicants, this project will provide insights into the utility of the PRF in grant submissions. It also aims to explore the efficacy and value of the PRF for AFAANZ grant assessors in efficiently and effectively assessing applications. Thus the project aims to deliver valuable empirical insights into the overall effectiveness of the AFAANZ grants process and the role of the PRF within it.