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: 01 July 2017
  • Announcement of Winners: 07 September 2017
  • Research Award Ceremony: 5th IPMA Research Conference in Incheon on 01 November 2017


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 2016. 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 1982 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.


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




IPMA Research Award 2017 Milestones