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 are awarded at the IPMA Research Conference . 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.


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.

aw_research award winner 2013 From right: Aaron Shenhar (IPMA Research Achievement Award Winner 2013), Reinhard Wagner, Martina Huemann

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 2013. 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 1979 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: Research Award Winner

Winners can present their research at the annual IPMA Research Conference, where they are honoured.

The 2nd IPMA Research Conference took place in Tianjin, China, 1 -2 December 2014 .

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

Note: IPMA Research Award 2014 have been announced this year. Next application process will start in 2015.

See the Winners of IPMA Research Awards 2014.



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