Application Process


A project team applies for “IPMA International Project Excellence Award” with a written statement explaining how it fulfils the criteria of the model for “Project Excellence”. The statement is a self-assessment that helps the project team to understand how to achieve success and to identify and use their strengths and improvement potential.


Every application report that is submitted is assessed by a team of at least four assessors (Medium Projects) or five assessors (Big and Mega Projects). The assessors have extensive experience in project management. Based on the application report the assessors make the first assessment and prepare for the next assessment step. All applicants will be visited for two or three days by the IPMA assessment teams. The objective of the Site Visit is to complete the assessment and to answer the assessors´ additional questions.

Then the project is finally assessed by the assessment team. The Award Jury accompanies the assessment process.The Award Jury members represent companies, authorities and other organisations practising project management. They decide, on the basis of the final assessments, which project teams will be the Finalists. From Finalists the Award Jury selects Bronze and Silver Winner(s) and Gold Winner per category. All projects who receive a Site Visit will receive a feedback report from the assessment team.

How to proceed with the application?


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The time schedule for 2016

New time schedule for late entries can be found under the following LINK.

Important dates of the Time Schedule 2016:


  • Webinar: Introduction to the Project Excellence Award and Model.  If you wish to schedule individual webinar please contact the Award Office: [email protected]
  • Application form submission by 4 April 2016
  • Webinar: How to prepare an application report? – 11 April 2016
  • Application report submission by 9 May 2016
  • Site Visit (SV) organization on 9 May – 27 June 2016 
  • Site Visit: 27-29 June 2016
  • Participation in the Award Gala on 17 November 2016, Warsaw, Poland


  • Assessment trainings
    • 21-23 January 2016 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, register
    • 19-20 February 2016, Warsaw, Poland, register 
    • 16-18 March 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    • 25-27 March 2016, Kathmandu, Nepal, register
    • 10-12 April 2016, Detriot, US, register
    • 22-24 April 2016, Milan, Italy, register
  • Team Lead Assessors Webinar
    • 17 April 2016 (per invitation only)
  • Individual application report assessment by 23 May 2016
  • Team virtual meeting by 04 June 2016
  • 1st Jury kick of meeting: 18 June 2016
  • Participation in the Site Visit on 27-29 June 2016
  • Final results submission by 15 July 2016
  • 2nd Jury meeting: 17-18 September 2016-announcement of the award finalists
  • Feedback report preparation by 23 September 2016
  • Participation in the Award Gala on 17 November 2016, Warsaw, Poland

Award Categorization:

The IPMA International Project Excellence Award allows projects of “different size and nature” to compete amongst each other in different specific categories. Applicants have the possibility to apply in three Award categories:

  • Project Excellence in Medium-Sized Projects
  • Project Excellence in Big-Sized Projects
  • Project Excellence in Mega-Sized Projects

The categories reflect the observation that a project management approach is linked to the size of the project and based on the set of criteria presented below:

The Award Categories:


Application fee:




For more details please contact the IPMA PMO Award: [email protected]