IPMA Research Awards – Call for Applications


By Kasia Pachuta

IPMA Excellence Awards Office

Krakow, Poland


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

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

• Transparency and professionalism of research process

• Practical relevance

• Management as research project

“IPMA provides a platform for young researchers to showcase their work and encourages them to work with, and learn from, experienced researchers and practitioners. Getting my research validated and awarded at this level has motivated me to continue my research work in the governance domain, so that I can continue my contribution to the existing knowledge base of project management. I would encourage my fellow researchers to apply for this award and become part of this exclusive club of project management thought leaders. “  –  Dr. Muhammad Ehsan Khan, IPMA Young Researcher Award 2013 Prize Winner 


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About the Author 

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IPMA Award Office Manager

Cracow, Poland

Kasia Pachuta has a very international educational background. She studied in Poland, France, USA and South Korea, graduating from Cracow University of Economics. Kasia can be contacted at [email protected]

To see other works by Kasia Pachuta, visit her author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/kasia-pachuta/