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Watch for announcements of upcoming conferences, Research Working Sessions, funding opportunities, curriculum workshops, awards and presentations.


Sponsored Research Deadline Extended to 29 April

24 April 2019 to 29 April 2019

The 2020 call for proposals is extended through 29 April 2020. Proposals can be submitted directly at

The PMI Sponsored Research Program awards grants of up to US$50,000 per project to support research whose themes and perspectives have direct application to theory and/or practice of project management. PMI invites proposals from individuals as well as multi-disciplinary teams both within and outside the field of project management.

We encourage proposals on research involving multi-disciplinary teams of investigators or teams consisting of academics and practitioners who bring new ways of thinking and related bodies of literature to the field. For 2020, special consideration will be given to proposals that address the following areas:

  • Key success factors in scaling agile in large corporations
  • Digital transformations and the role of project management offices
  • The future of work

To learn more about the program, including eligibility criteria, submission guidelines, key dates, and more, visit You will also find published research from past PMI Sponsored Research Program-funded projects.


PMI Case Writing Competition at DSI

18 April 2019 to 24 November 2019

PMI is sponsoring an instructional case writing competition at the 2019 Decision Sciences Institute Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, 23-25 November 2019. The competition aims to generate teachable cases and instructors’ guides for use in project management courses in business, engineering, and IT.

Submissions may consider the use of project management as an organizational force in any context (e.g., disaster relief, international development, NGOs, various industries, etc.). Cases may look to instruction in technical approaches (e.g. planning, budgeting, controlling, etc.), behavioral issues (e.g., communications, leadership, teams, etc.), or strategic concerns (e.g. legal, ethics and professionalism, governance, etc.). Cases must be based either on secondary sources (publicly available data and documentation, including news articles, court materials, YouTube videos, and others) or on primary (field) research.

Submissions will be evaluated in a two-stage process: 

Stage 1: Cases and instructional materials will be checked for adherence to all submission criteria and quality of English writing.

Stage 2: Judges will evaluate and rank cases based on the following criteria:

  • Currency or relevance of content
  • Quality (depth) of research
  • Potential usefulness in the classroom (engaging and readable)
  • Clarity of learning objectives
  • Completeness and quality of discussion quality and answers
  • Contribution to the field as instructional

The winner of the competition will be awarded a cash prize of US$1,000.  1st place and runners-up authors will receive an annual PMI membership. All quality submissions will be invited to publish on the PMJ instructional website, though publication is not an obligation.

The deadline is 30 May 2019. Submissions are made through the DSI conference management system. Email PMI Academic Programs at with any questions.


Thesis Grants Available for Doctoral and Master’s Students

12 April 2019 to 15 May 2019

The PMI Thesis Research Program offers annual grants of up to US$25,000 to support doctoral and master’s thesis research in project management or a related discipline. Full-time and part-time doctoral and master’s students at accredited colleges and universities are eligible to apply.

The 2020 call for proposals is now open through 15 May 2019.

To learn more about the program, including eligibility criteria, submission guidelines, key dates, and more, visit

Proposals can be submitted directly at


Governance and Innovation Webinar on 3 April: Register Today!

26 March 2019 to 3 April 2019

On 3 April at 3:00 p.m. Eastern, PMI Sponsored Researchers Michael Knapp, PhD, and Chris Stevens, PhD, will present an hour-long webinar on their research: “Governance of Innovation in Portfolios, Programs and Projects.”

This webinar, available at, is open to everyone, including students, faculty, researchers, and practitioners. Viewers are eligible for 1 PDU. There is no cost for the webinar; viewers only need a free account on You can register here.

The webinar will look at the importance of governance in portfolios, programs and projects (3P) for organizational success, and whether and how governance can be designed to support and promote innovation. The escalating importance of project delivery in organizations, especially for innovation, highlights the need for better understanding of the relationship between governance, innovation, and success in 3P.

The researchers will outline the background, their research question, their methodology, and their main findings. They also identify the outputs of the research, designed for both academic and practitioner audiences. They emphasize implications for practice, providing guidance to industry for the development of governance approaches to best support innovation in 3P.

Register now!


Submit Now for Project Management Sessions at AMCIS and BAM

3 September 2019

For 2019, both the Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) and the British Academy of Management (BAM) annual conferences will have a special focus on Project Management, and calls for papers are now open.

The BAM conference takes place 3-5 September 2019 at Aston University in Birmingham, UK. The Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management Track at the conference will feature a special session on Project Management. To provide an opportunity for researchers from the UK and beyond to engage in a debate around all areas of project management, the track organizers invite full and/or developmental papers for a special session on project management. The aim is to create a vibrant project management community at BAM.

More details about the special session and submission information is available on the BAM website. The BAM submission deadline is 22 February.

The AMCIS annual meeting will be held 15-17 August in Cancun, Mexico. The conference will feature a Mini Track on Project Management Education. The purpose is to engage project management researchers, educators, and practitioners to exchange and discuss novel ideas on project management education. Submissions that address the current state of project management education, highlight emerging topics and trends in this area, provide suggestions for improved teaching and learning, and present interesting teaching cases are welcome. Other submissions related to project management education are also welcome. The deadline to submit papers to the Mini-Track on Project Management Education is 1 March. Contact mini track chair Maheshwar Boodraj at for more information or to submit a paper. The best paper from this mini track will receive a US$1,000 award and complementary early-bird conference registration for one presenter from PMI.


Apply Now for a PMI Sponsored Research Grant

25 April 2019

The PMI Sponsored Research Program awards grants of up to US$50,000 per project to support research whose themes and perspectives have direct application to theory and/or practice of project management. PMI invites proposals from individuals as well as multi-disciplinary teams both within and outside the field of project management.

The 2020 call for proposals is now open through 25 April 2019.

We encourage proposals on research involving multi-disciplinary teams of investigators or teams consisting of academics and practitioners who bring new ways of thinking and related bodies of literature to the field.

To learn more about the program, including eligibility criteria, submission guidelines, key dates, and more, visit You will also find published research from past PMI Sponsored Research Program-funded projects.

Proposals can be submitted directly at


PMI Awards Four Sponsored Research Grants for 2019

10 December 2018

Each year, PMI awards grants of up to US$50,000 per project to support research with themes and perspectives that have direct application to the theory and/or practice of project management.

For 2019, PMI has awarded four Sponsored Research Grants:

  1. Project Title: Knowing when to embrace ambiguity and when to fear it: developing the ability to manage uncertainty in project managers
    Investigators: Anna Wiewiora (principal investigator) and Peter O’Connor
    Affiliation: Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  2. Project Title: Harnessing Social Capital with Community Stakeholders in Infrastructure Projects
    Investigators: Suresh Cuganesan (principal investigator), Kenneth Chung, and Pernille Eskerod
    Affiliation: The University of Sydney, Australia
  3. Project Title: Project Organizing for Tackling Grand Challenges in Emergent Markets
    Investigator: Nuno Gil (principal investigator)
    Affiliation: Manchester Business School, United Kingdom
  4. Project Title: P3M Implementation Framework for Grand Challenges Policies: The Case of Climate Change Mitigation Infrastructure
    Investigators: Vedran Zerjav (principal investigator), Efrosyni Konstantinou, Kate Gasparro
    Affiliation: University College London, United Kingdom

Congratulations to this year’s grant recipients! The next Sponsored Research Program grant funding cycle opens 1 February 2019 for funding in 2020. To learn more about the PMI Sponsored Research Program, visit


Free On-Demand PMI Student Virtual Event – (recorded: 30 October 2018)

17 September 2018

This virtual summit offered real opportunities for students studying project management or an allied discipline to learn and network. The event featured keynote presentations, technical and informational sessions, collaboration space and a virtual exhibit hall.

This event was designed to help students and new professionals learn more about project management, connect with their colleagues, and gain insight into the transition from student to professional.

The event was free and recorded for on-demand viewing. Visit the event registration page to sign up and learn more.

The 2018 event featured:

Keynote presentations:

  • Opening keynote: Cristiano Muller, MBA, PMP, a project manager and professional Alpinist, will share how he used his project managed his way to the top of Mt. Everest.
  • Closing keynote: Aliki Courmanopoulos, MPhil, PMP, tells how she travelled the world to visit 17 project management communities around the globe to discuss their challenges and successes.

Learning sessions:

  • Career session: Enhancing Leadership Presence – Learning mindfulness, increasing emotional intelligence and becoming more self-aware.
  • PM without Borders: Project management for social good
  • Technical session: Opposites Attract – Artificial intelligence and user experience for digital projects.

Collaboration space created:

The ability to network and interact with your peers based on geographic region or industry of interest.

Exhibit hall:

Learn about PMI certifications, membership and other resources for students and emerging professionals. Click now to take part in the on-demand PMI Virtual Student Summit (October 2018) from 10am-4pm Eastern. Contact with questions.


PMI at the Annual Academy of Management (AOM) Meeting

16 July 2018

The Academy of Management (AOM) annual meeting draws over 10,000 attendees each year who practice, teach, or do research in the field of management. PMI Academic Programs is once again a Gold-level Sponsor of this year’s meeting, to be held 10-14 August 2018, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

AOM provides PMI with a highly visible opportunity to showcase the value of project management to existing stakeholders as well as those in the management field who may not yet be familiar with project management or with the resources that are available from PMI. It also enables PMI Academic Programs to promote the work of project management scholars and create a space where project professionals can network and exchange ideas.

In addition to sponsoring the AOM meeting, PMI Academic Programs is also a Platinum-level Sponsor of the Academy’s Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSCM) Division. This sponsorship enables PMI to support a specific discipline within AOM that is particularly relevant to the field of project management. It also includes support for a symposium on project design featuring noted researchers in project management.

The symposium, “Delivery by Design in Major Projects? Shadows and Projections,” will take place on Tuesday, 14 August from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Plaza A. The session will feature an interactive panel discussion among cross-disciplinary scholars on the operations design challenge related to delivering major projects. Panelists include Monique Aubry, professor of graduate programs in project management at the University of Quebec at Montreal and a former editor of the Project Management Journal, and Martina Huemann, professor and head of the Project Management Group in the Department Strategy and Innovation and Academic Director of the Professional MBA Program: Project Management at the WU Vienna University of Economics and Business.

PMI Academic Programs is also hosting an exhibitor session on the topic of megaprojects, led by Giorgio Locatelli, lecturer of Infrastructure Procurement and Management at the University of Leeds and an editor of the Project Management Journal. His session, “What’s Driving the Success of Megaprojects? Novel research method & evidence from 44 European cases,” will be held Sunday, 12 August from 1:15-2:45 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Columbus H. The session will review Dr. Locatelli’s research on 44 European megaprojects to identify the correlation between megaprojects’ characteristics and performance.

In the AOM exhibit hall at booth #618, PMI staff will share information on the many resources available for faculty and researchers in the project management field, including academic program accreditation, curriculum and teaching support, research funding, and publications including the Project Management Journal.

For more information on PMI’s support of the 2018 Academy of Management meeting, email


2018 Academic Awards Presented

22 June 2018

On 21 June, three members of the Project Management academic community were honored for their contributions to education and research. PMI presented three academic awards during a ceremony in Reykjavik, Iceland at the 2018 EURAM Conference at the University of Iceland.


PMI Research Achievement Award 2018

The PMI Research Achievement Award recognizes an individual or group of individuals whose work has significantly advanced the concepts, knowledge, and practices of project management through a published body of academic research.

Winner: Dr. Mark Keil, John B. Zellars Professor of Computer Information Systems

Georgia State University (USA)


PMI Teaching Excellence Award 2018

The PMI Teaching Excellence Award Recognizes an individual faculty member for sustained excellence in teaching project management, and to their strong commitment to improving and enhancing project management curricula in higher education.

Winner: Avraham Shtub, PhD, PMP, Head of the Project Management Research Center, Stephen and Sharon Seiden Professor of Project Management

Technion Israel Institute of Technology (Israel)


PMI Project Management Journal Paper of the Year Award 2018

The Project Management Journal Paper of the Year Award recognizes the best paper published in the Project Management Journal in the previous year.

Author: Prof. Dr. Alfons H. van Marrewijk, Professor in Business Anthropology, Department of Organization Sciences

VU University Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

Winning Paper: “The Multivocality of Symbols: A Longitudinal Study of the Symbolic Dimensions of the High-Speed Train Megaproject (1995-2015)” (December 2017/January 2018)


PMI® EURAM Project Organizing SIG Partnership Grant

PMI also announced the winner of the 2018 EURAM Project Organizing SIG (Special Interest Group) Partnership Grant. The grant, part of the PMI Sponsored Research Program, supports research that demonstrates the connection between projects and strategy. The grant is awarded to a principal investigator from the EURAM Project Organizing SIG together with a co-principal investigator from the EURAM Strategy SIG.

Winning Research Team:

Natalya Sergeeva (principal investigator), Lecturer in Project Management, Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, University College London (UK)

Barbara Czarniawska, Research Chair in Management Studies at Gothenburg Research Institute; School of Business, Economics & Law, Göteborg University (Sweden)

Graham Winch, Professor, Alliance Manchester Business School – People, Management and Organisation Division, The University of Manchester (UK)

Tor Hernes, Professor, Department of Organization, Copenhagen Businesses School (Denmark)

Project: “Innovation champions in UK infrastructure megaprojects”


The PMI David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award will be presented at the 2018 PMI Global Conference, to be held 6-8 October in Los Angeles, California. The Cleland Award recognizes the author(s) of a published book that significantly advances project management knowledge, concepts, and practice.

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