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: 12 March 2021
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
Deadline: 12 June 2021
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 9th IPMA Research Conference - Jinan, China
Deadline: 12-13 June 2021
Present your research results and network with prestigious global Project Management Researchers at the annual IPMA Research Conference.

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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. Leandro Bolzan de Rezende
IPMA Young Researcher Award Outstanding Contribution 2020
I'm very honoured to receive the prestigious IPMA Young Researcher Award Outstanding Contribution 2020 and join the distinguished group of project management researchers shaping the field. Thank you, IPMA for organising this award and for the continued commitment to the project management profession. This award is a recognition for our current work and also a stimulus for further research.
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Dr. Diletta Invernizzi
IPMA Young Researcher Award Winner 2020
To be awarded the prestigious IPMA young researcher award 2020 is an incredible achievement. I am very thankful to all the research team at the University of Leeds for all the support received, which helped me develop as a researcher and critical thinker. This award is already helping me to increase my self-confidence in supporting others in their research, boosting my network, and demonstrating the important contribution of project management research to practitioners. This award is great recognition, and I am truly honoured to join the distinguished group of winners of the past years. Thank you IPMA!
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Dr. Roya Derakhshan
IPMA Young Researcher Award Winner 2020
I am humbled and honored to receive such a prestigious global award. Being selected as IPMA young researcher award secures that my research will be recognized and seen more. This will also bring me the opportunity to network and interact with the top researchers, as well as practitioners, in project management.
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Prof. Dr. Mario Vanhoucke
IPMA Research Award Outstanding Contribution 2020
The IPMA research award is one of the most prestigious awards in the field of Project Management. IPMA awarded my research for a first time in 2008, and this award enabled me getting a research grant of 1.3 million euro from Ghent University (Belgium). With that grant, I created a team of researchers to explore new research ideas between 2011 and 2019. The second IPMA award in 2020 couldn’t come at a better time! It recognised once again the quality of my past research, and it certainly will stimulate my team to continue for another decade.
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Prof. Gilbert Silvius
IPMA Research Award Outstanding Contribution 2020
In research, the opinion of peers is all decisive for the recognition and quality of your work. The IPMA Global Research Awards enables researchers to recognize meaningful contributions to the domain of project management, and also to be recognized as a meaningful contributor. By organizing the Global Research Awards, IPMA continues to demonstrate its commitment to developing the profession of project management, in order to allow people, organisations and societies to realise their visions of a great future. We are thrilled and honoured that our research on ‘The Human factor in Sustainable Project Management’ has been recognized by the global project management research community as an ‘outstanding contribution’. The award stimulates us to continue the further exploration of sustainability in project management.
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Dr. Johan Ninan
IPMA Young Researcher Award Outstanding Contribution 2020
I am delighted and honored to receive the 2020 Global Young Researcher Award, and thereby, join the ‘wall of fame’ with the eminent scholars in project management. I will always treasure this award as it is given by IPMA, which brings together researchers and practitioners to focus on the key themes in project management. I want to thank IPMA for this recognition, which presented me with numerous opportunities to reach out and connect to the global network of people in project management.
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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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        Awards PMO operates for 75 countries
        All Awards processes are run by two people - 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 2020


        PE Awards Assessor performed more than 810 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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