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 2017

Important dates of the Time Schedule 2017.


  • Webinar: Introduction to the Project Excellence Award and Model.  If you wish to schedule individual webinar please contact the IPMA Award PMO: [email protected]
  • Application form submission by 3 April 2017
  • Webinar: How to prepare an application report? – 7 April 2017
  • Application report submission by 5 May 2017
  • Site Visit (SV) organization on 5 May – 19 June 2017 
  • Site Visit: 19-23 June 2017
  • Participation in the Award Gala on 6 September at the IPMA World Congress in Astana, Kazakhstan


  • PE Assessment trainings: only for assessors trained in 2016:
  • Team Lead Assessors Webinar – 22 April 2017
  • Individual application report assessment by 12 May 2017
  • Team virtual meeting by 20 May 2017
  • 1st Jury kick of meeting: 3 June 2017
  • Participation in the Site Visit on 19-23 June 2017
  • Final results and feedback report submission by 2 July 2017
  • 2nd Jury meeting: 8-9 July 2017-announcement of the award finalists
  • Participation in the Award Gala on 6 September at the IPMA World Congress in Astana, Kazakhstan

The Award Categories:

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:


Application fee:



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