IPMA Global Research Awards

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Global Research Awards

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
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How to Apply?

Step 1
Submit the Application Report
Deadline: 8 June 2020
The research project must have had at least a duration of one year and must be completed, when the application is handed in, that is the basis of the judges’ evaluation.
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Participate in the Research Awards Gala- on line
Deadline: 15 August 2020
In the evaluation the Judges consider the research results as well as the research process. The evaluation criteria are: research results achieved, originality and innovation, theoretical foundation
Step 3
Participate in the 8th IPMA Research Conference
Deadline: 9-11 September 2020
Present your research results and network with prestigious global Project Management Researchers at the annual IPMA Research Conference.

Related Events

Country: online
Town: online
Event type: Conference
Event pricing: 75

The theme of the 8th IPMA Research Conference, “Projects as arena for self-organizing” addresses the increasing interest in the subject of self-organizing in and through projects. Agile approaches build on or value the willingness and the capabilities of individuals and teams to self-organize in projects. Projects are seen as the arena for self-organizing. It is often argued that millennials are increasingly interested in work autonomy and self-organizing through projects to fulfill their expectations in the workspace. However, what does that mean for organizational structures, processes, cultures and leadership? What is the motivation of individuals to perform activities, to engage with others and organizations in order to get things done? Which kind of leadership supports self-organizing in projects and how do we achieve the changes necessary from the traditional set-up towards new ways of leading? Is self-organizing in projects perceived as traditional work, or is it an individual’s “Vita Activa”? What have disciplines like Natural Sciences, Psychology, Philosophy, Sociology and Management to offer in this respect? What are cultural limitations and potentials regarding self- organizing in projects and how do we deal with them? There are certainly more questions and aspects that will be dealt with in preparing and conducting the 8th IPMA Research Conference. The conference itself is a kind of an endeavour, an arena for self-organizing, sense-making, strategizing and theorizing…

Originally, the idea was to bring the IPMA Research Conference back to Berlin, Germany. However, due to the pandemic in 2020, the IPMA decided to turn this conference into a virtual one.

Organisers: IPMA
Country: virtual
Town: virtual
Event type: Ceremony
Event pricing: free of charge

Meet the 2020 winners and join the virtual IPMA Global Awards Ceremony 2020 on 31st October

  • 3 main award categories
  • Judges’ statements
  • Best practices
  • Individual achievements

Date: 31st October
Time: 13:00- 14:30 CET

To register go to: http://bpw.ipma.world/awards/

We invite you to an amazing annual global event where IPMA for the 19th time will award outstanding project management achievements. Exceptional projects, Project Managers and Researchers in the field of project management will be presented and awarded.

Due to travel restrictions, this year’s Awards Ceremony will be organized in the form of a television show. The event will be hosted by a well-known speaker and will include finalist project presentations and films, explanations from the various international panel of judges, and numerous statements by IPMA representatives.

Meet the winners and meet the judges
Save the date in your agenda and see what practices the best-managed projects in the world use, what contributed to their success, what challenges they faced, and what results they achieved.

In the Awards Ceremony, awards will be handed out in the following categories:

IPMA Global Individual Awards

  • Young Project Manager of the Year
  • Project Manager of the Year
  • Agile Leader of the Year

IPMA Global Project Excellence Awards

  • Project Excellence Award for Small- & Medium-Sized projects
  • Project Excellence Award for Large-Sized projects
  • Project Excellence Award for Mega-Sized projects

IPMA Global Research Awards

  • Research Award
  • Young Researcher Award
  • Research Achievement Award
Organisers: IPMA

IPMA standards

IPMA Global Research Awards contribute to further development of the IPMA standards

Wall of Fame

Get to know our finalists, their projects and achievements, thanks to which they stood on the stage.
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Dr. Juliano Denicol
IPMA Young Researcher Award Winner 2019
I am honoured to receive the 2019 IPMA Young Research Award and join the team of distinguished past winners. IPMA integrates recognised scholars and practitioners that are creating excellence at the frontiers of our project management thinking. A global scientific recognition from this constellation is absolutely rewarding and will inspire future rigorous and impactful research.
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Prof. Ralf Muller
IPMA Research Award Winner 2019
Receiving the Global Research Award is a true honor, as it shows the relevance of academic research for the profession and its practices. I am pleased to see that our research work is appreciated by practitioners. This is a high accomplishment for academics, as well as evidence of the success of IPMA’s long-term vision and its daily work in moving the profession on to higher levels of professionalism.
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Dr. Ofer Zwikael
IPMA Research Award Winner 2016
IPMA is dedicated to promote research excellence in project management. As a truly international organization, IPMA reaches out to people anywhere in the world. IPMA provides opportunities for scholars to interact, discuss and enhance the quality of their research to support project management practice. It is my great honor that my research was recognized by such an elite organization.
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Prof. Christophe Bredillet
IPMA Research Achievement Award Winner 2016
I am very proud and honored to have been conferred the IPMA Research Achievement Award 2016 and to join the prestigious group of colleagues who shape and move the field forward. I thank IPMA, as the unique truly international and multicultural Professional Association, for paying a special attention to competence and capability building through the recognition of “open-minded” research.
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Taryn Jane Bond-Barnard
IPMA Global Young Researcher Award Winner 2018
I was excited to learn about IPMA’s global research awards. The awards are crucial for recognising and promoting excellence in project management research. The research awards give you the opportunity to network and interact with the top researchers in project management.
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Dr. Timo Braun
IPMA Global Research Award Winner 2018
IPMA is the key player in the professionalisation of project management around the world. Its activities truly advance the discipline and are extremely valuable for both, practitioners and scholars. This award gives us confidence in the applicability of our findings and it is a great help to facilitate the diffusion of scientific findings to maintain project management excellence in the future.
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Prof. Derek Walker
IPMA Global Research Achievement Award 2018
I am really pleased and honoured with the 2018 IPMA Research Achievement Award and to join such a distinguished group from past years. It was a really special recognition for my career and contributions over the past decades. The IPMA is a wonderful organisation and so this award is a truly global recognition that I cherish.

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    Did you know that…


    Awards PMO operates for 71 countries
    All Awards processes are run by one person - based in Poland, but supported by the IPMA Management Services


    billion euro
    Is a budget of the all finalists’ projects in the IPMA Global Project Excellence Awards in 2018


    PE Awards Assessor performed more than 760 times in their role
    PE Award is the most complex international initiative for project evaluation, exchange of experiences, opportunities for learning and continuous improvement, as well as projects recognition


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