PMI invites Project, Program and Portfolio Management Research Proposals for 2015 funding


1 February 2014 – Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced its Request for Proposals (RFP) for 2015 research funding pf up to $50,000 on topics related to project, program, or portfolio management (PPPM).  Although the body of research in the field has grown significantly in the past several years, PPPM remains a relatively young area of academic inquiry and continues to be ripe for research that will advance knowledge and inform practice. PMI is encouraging thoughtful and innovative proposals on any topic, with few notable exceptions.

140201-pmwj20-2015-research-IMAGEPMI will entertain proposals on macro level perspectives such as knowledge transfer across projects. The following types of research will be considered:

  1. Translational research proposals should address the extent to which the outcomes of the project are “practitioner-ready.”  That is, applicants should address the “readiness for application” of the eventual research findings. Scholars from a variety of disciplines and fields of study are invited to bring their particular angle of vision to bear on a research question using PPPM “as the context” of the research. 
  1. Theory –building proposals must address future implications of the research findings for both theory and the originally identified managerial problem. Examples of topics that offer opportunities for detailed exploration include, but are not limited to:
  • Organizational change management
  • Program management
  • Agility in non-IT projects
  • Standards development
  • Talent management
  • Requirements management
  • Strategic initiative management
  • Methodology
  • Complexity
  • Knowledge management 

PMI values quality research with no bias toward the use of one methodology over another. Methodology should be properly matched to the research question. Quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods approaches are given equal consideration provided that the selected methodology produces the data to achieve the project aims and that it is sufficiently elaborated in the proposal.

PMI discourages submissions focused on mathematical/operations research topics with little or no direct application. This includes research whose rationale does not stem from real world issues or that does not include empirical testing on actual projects.

PMI hopes to attract proposals from scholars, both within and outside the field of project management (e.g. management and/or its sub-fields, organizational psychology, sociology, education, linguistics, communications, etc.) whose work has direct application to some aspect of the project management body of knowledge or its practice.

Preliminary proposals will be accepted between 1 February and 25 April 2014. For more information on eligibility criteria and submission guidelines, visit http://www.pmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Academic-Research/Sponsored-Research-Program.aspx

PMI is the world’s largest project management member association representing more than 700,000 practitioners in more than 185 countries. PMI advances the project management profession through global standards, credentials, chapters, virtual communities, academic research and publications. For more information, visit www.PMI.org, www.facebook.com/PMInstitute, and on Twitter @PMInstitute. 

Source: PMI