Research Awards

About the Research Awards

IPMA recognises excellence in project management research by young researchers (under 35 years of age), established researchers, and teams. Research Award Management Board also recommends outstanding researchers of international repute for its life-time achievement award. The goal of IPMA Research Awards is to promote excellence within the research community. Juried prizes awarded at World Congresses.

Audiences: Candidates and those who value and support these categories of research(ers).

Benefits: Proven model for researchers to gain visibility within the research community.

Application deadline: 15 June 2016


The IPMA Research Awards aim to promote excellent research to enhance project management. With these annual awards IPMA recognises recent outstanding contributions to the development of the field and profession project management through professionally conducted research.

General criteria

Researchers may come from academia, other research institutions or industry. Researchers may come from disciplines other than project management but must contribute to the development of project, program management, project-oriented companies or any element named in the ICB – International Competence Baseline. The candidates apply with a research project.

The research project must have had at least a duration of one year and must be completed, when the application is handed in. Completion of research project may date back to 1. January 2015. If a researcher (or lead researcher of a team) wins an IPMA Research Award, this person must not apply for the IPMA Research Awards the following three years.


IPMA Young Researcher Award: Cutting edge research of a young researcher (born 1981 or later, or the candidate can prove that he/she is less than 10 years involved in research).

IPMA Research Award: Cutting edge research project of a researcher or a team. The application of interdisciplinary projects is encouraged.


In each category we distinguish one prize: Award Winner.

Winners are invited by the IPMA to present their research at the annual IPMA Research Conference, where they are also honoured.

Evaluation criteria

In the evaluation the jury considers the research results as well as the research process. The evaluation criteria are:

  • Research results achieved
  • Originality and innovation
  • Theoretical foundation

What Winner say?

aw_Dr. Janice Thoma“It has been said that there is nothing as useful as a good theory. Research that makes a practical contribution to the development of project management drives innovation and improvement in practice. Recogni- tion of the value of research coming from the professional associations, such at the IPMA Research Award, is one of the highest rewards for doing practically meaningful research. My team, composed of Professor Svetlana Cicmil, Dr Stella George and myself, are greatly honoured to be the 2014 recipients of this honour and we encourage both researchers and practitioners to pay attention to the results of this competition. This Award is important to the profession because it both recognises research that makes a difference and promotes the dissemination of the findings to the practitioners who can make a concrete changes in practice.” Dr Janice Thomas, Winner of the IPMA Research Award 2014.