The 2020 PMI Academic Awards calls for nominations deadline has been extended to 15 March 2020. To nominate a colleague for an award, please select the appropriate award submission form below. To learn more about PMI Academic Awards, visit https://www.pmi.org/about/awards/research-academic

PMI Sponsored Research Program Grant - The call for the 2021 funding cycle is open from 1 February - 25 April 2020.  

PMI Thesis Research Grant - Applications for the 2020 funding cycle are now closed. The call for the 2021 funding cycle will be open 1 April - 15 May 2020.

More information on PMI grant programs is available at https://www.pmi.org/learning/academic-research/sponsored 

PMI is pleased to announce its Request for Proposals (RFP) for 2021 research funding (up to US$50,000) on topics related to project, program, or portfolio management. 

We invite proposals from scholars both within and outside the field of project management, and/or it’s sub-fields, whose themes and perspectives have direct application to some aspect of the project management body of knowledge or its practice. 

Research proposals submitted for consideration must:

  1. Address the extent to which the outcomes of the project are “practitioner-ready.” The research needs to demonstrate the direct contribution to practice, not simply a discussion of implications. 
  2. Have a theoretical framework which must be explicitly identified in the proposal. 

Timeline:

1 February – 25 April     Call for Preliminary Proposals

19 June                            1st Round Notification

31 July                              2nd Round Due

15 November                   Final Decision

1 January                          Project initiation

Eligibility Requirements 

Principal Investigators: 

  • Academic researchers at accredited colleges/universities and non-profit research institutes. Independent consultants or consulting firms and other for-profit enterprises are not eligible. No grants are made to individuals.
  • Consultants and practitioners may be members of the research team, but cannot be principal investigators unless they have an academic appointment at an eligible organization. Consultants and/or practitioners on the research team who do not hold a university appointment may be paid as independent contractors by the university receiving the grant.
  • Students may be members of the research team but cannot be principal investigators. Graduate students may wish to apply for the Thesis Research Grant- see more information on the Thesis Research Grant (PMI.org/Research). Students who receive a Thesis Research Grant are not eligible to participate in a PMI Sponsored Research project on the same topic.

Submission:

  • Investigators may submit no more than three proposals in a grant cycle. This rule holds irrespective of the author’s role on the project (i.e., principal investigator, co-investigator, researcher, consultant, etc.).  A single principal investigator and/or an academic department within a university is eligible for only one grant in a funding cycle. 
  • Applicants who are principal investigators in a current PMI Sponsored Research Grant are eligible for a new award only if the final deliverables have been received. 
  • Grants are limited to study periods of no more than two years, with rare exception.
  • PMI will not fund the development of software simulations.
  • Historical research will not be considered.
  • Methodology must 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. Single and multiple case studies will also be given consideration for funding. Decisions for funding are solely based on the quality of the work, and awards are not restricted to a quota of the types of proposals submitted.

* PMI Academic Resources reserves the right to omit from consideration proposals from the institution in question based on the track record of its current and past investigators on previously funded PMI projects. 

Submission Guidelines for the Preliminary Research Proposal 

Proposal Body (limit to 3 pages) should be uploaded as a separate PDF file through the online submission system.  The entire application process is double-blind peer review. Please do not include any investigator names, institutions, or identifying content in the 3-page proposal; including file names, headers/footers. Proposals which divulge the names of the investigators, or institutions will not be considered for peer review. 

Sections of the proposal must include: 

  1. Statement of Research Question
  2. Specific Aims of the Project
  3. Anticipated and specific application(s) to the practice of project management
  4. Brief Literature Summary 
  5. Overview of the Research Design and General Methodological Approach
  6. Preliminary Analysis Plan
  7. Expected Deliverables
  8. Schedule of Activities
  9. Timeframe and estimated Completion Date (Timeframe for proposed research should be no more than two years.)

Please note:

·  A detailed project budget is not required at this stage in the review process. 

·  The total funding requested may not include indirect costs or overhead. These costs may not be charged to a grant from the PMI Sponsored Research Program.

Proposal Body Formatting Guidelines

  • Include project title as header on each page of proposal.
  • Number pages consecutively in lower right corner.
  • Bold and underline all major sections of proposal (See Proposal Body above).
  • Single-space, with one-inch margins on all sides of page. 
  • Use no smaller than Times New Roman 11 pt. typeface.
  • Use the system of grammar, usage and documentation outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA Seventh Edition). 
  • Do not exceed three (3) single-spaced pages.

Review Process 

The PMI Sponsored Research Program uses a two-stage review process. In the first stage, applicants submit a three-page preliminary proposal which is subject to double-blind review. Preliminary proposals are reviewed by a peer review committee. Proposals focused on theory-building are reviewed by a committee of faculty/academic researchers; translational research proposals are reviewed by a committee consisting of both academics and practitioners. 

Those advancing to the second round will be invited to submit a ten-page proposal, and the project team’s qualifications are assessed. Second round proposals are reviewed and scored by the PMI Academic Insight Team with the Manager of PMI Academic Programs, based on the following criteria:

  • Clarity of the research question(s) and its significance to the field of project management; research must address a recognized and justified managerial problem
  • Proper theoretical grounding of the research question
  • Adequacy of literature review
  • The methodological approach and its “fit” to the research question
  • Clarity and importance of the knowledge gaps that the research will fill and how the results will build on existing work
  • “Readiness for application” of the eventual research findings (translational research proposals).
  • Future implications of the research findings for both theory and the originally identified managerial problem (theory building proposals).
  • Adequacy of financial resources.
  • Relevance of the topic to advance the profession of project management. 

Research Agreement

  • The Research Agreement will be sent to the grant administrator at the university/institution following notification of the award.
  • Parties to the Agreement are PMI and the university/institution with which the principal investigator is affiliated. No grants are paid to individuals.
  • When the project involves multiple investigators from different universities/institutions, the parties to the Research Agreement will be PMI and the university/institution with which the lead investigator is affiliated. The lead investigator’s university/institution will be responsible for executing sub-contracts with the universities/institutions of co-investigators on the research grant. 
  • PMI funding cannot be used by the university/research institute for indirect costs. 
  • Research agreements between PMI and the university should be reviewed and signed by 31 December 2020.
  • Grants begin on 1 January of 2021, provided the Research Agreement is executed in accordance with the timeline.

Deliverables

Required Deliverables

  • Final Report, in English, describing all aspects of the Investigation, prepared according to the Final Report Guidelines, which will be provided by PMI and suitable for online publication as a white paper. 
  • Evidence of submission of a Journal article to an academic journal, preferably the Project Management Journal. 
  • A live one-hour webinar presentation of the final product for posting on ProjectManagement.com, using the template and instructions provided by PMI.
  • One, or more, of the optional deliverables listed below.

Optional Deliverables

  • Presentation at a peer-reviewed academic or practitioner conference
  • Submission of the appropriate case format:
  • A teaching case (designed as a teaching resource to guide critical thinking and analysis about a real-life situation, complete with an instructor guide), or
  • A research case (an evidence-based case that supports the research findings and adds to the professional body of knowledge)
  • Article for online publication on ProjectManagement.com

Questions?

Should you have any questions regarding the submission process, please contact PMI Academic Programs at AcademicPrograms@pmi.org.  

Purpose

The PMI Research Achievement Award recognizes and honors 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.

Eligible

  • The nominee(s) must have made a significant contribution to the advancement of the field of project management through academic research.
  • The nominee(s) is not required to be a PMI member.
  • The nominee(s) may work in any type of organization: corporate, government, nonprofit, or academic.

 Not Eligible 

  • Sitting members of PMI’s Board of Directors may not participate in the nomination or evaluation process and are ineligible to receive this award.
  • Current sitting members of PMI’s Academic Insight Team are ineligible to receive this award during their tenure on the AIT.
  • Current PMI staff and consultants. 
  • Individuals who have failed to comply with PMI policies and procedures, including but not limited to PMI's Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, will not be considered.

 Number of Awards 

  • Only one PMI Research Achievement Award will be granted annually.
  • PMI reserves the right not to select a recipient for a particular year.

Criteria

The nominee(s) shall have met the following criteria: 

  • Criterion 1: The nominee(s) must have significantly advanced the concepts, knowledge, and practices that contribute to the project management field through a published body of academic research.
  • Criterion 2: The research must have an enduring theoretical, empirical, or practical value. 

Role of the Nominator 

  • The nominee(s) must be nominated by one or more persons, one of whom must be a current PMI member in good standing. 
  • When more than one person supports the nomination, a Lead Nominator must be designated who collects and submits all nomination materials and serves as the point of contact for the nomination. 

Nomination Procedures and Content

The nomination must contain the following: 

  • The CV(s) of the nominee(s) with complete list of publications. 
  • A description of the body of research on which the nomination is based and its contribution toward advancing the field of project management.
  • An explanation of how the nominee's work has significantly advanced the conceptions, knowledge, and practices of the project management field.
  • Evidence of the enduring theoretical, empirical, or practical value of the nominee's work. 
  • Letters of support (1 page maximum each) from each nominator explaining their rationale for supporting the nominee for the award. If a nominator has a direct personal or professional relationship with the nominee, this should be disclosed in the nominator's letter. All letters should be signed and dated. 

 Nominations will not be reviewed if:

  • Written in a language other than English
  • Nomination Package is incomplete
  • Received after the 1 March submission deadline

 Nominations must be submitted by 1 March.

Verification and Selection

PMI Academic Programs will: 

  • Verify the eligibility of the nomination and that all required materials have been submitted.  
  • Confirm receipt and eligibility of the nomination.
  • Administer the review process and notify the nominator of the result.
  • Distribute and collect required paperwork, including PMI release and permissions forms, from the selected nominee.
  • Nominations are reviewed and scored by a peer review panel. The evaluation process is proprietary to PMI.

 Presentation of the Award 

  • The PMI Research Achievement Award will be presented at a designated PMI or academic event.
  • The award recipient will be publicized through PMI communication channels and external media after the presentation of the award. The recipient may also coordinate additional publicity with PMI after the presentation of the award.

Additional Information

PMI will not reimburse any expense for assembling the nomination or presentation materials.

PMI reserves the right within its sole discretion, and at any time up to the time of the presentation of the award, to determine that a candidate is or has become ineligible for the award. In any such case, PMI will notify the lead nominator and the candidate of its decision as soon as possible prior to the award presentation.

Please send all inquiries to Cristina Olaru, Academic Programs Specialist, at Cristina.olaru@pmi.org

Purpose

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

Eligibility

  • The nominee may hold any faculty rank in an accredited university or be adjunct faculty.
  • The nominee must be or have been an instructor in credit-bearing courses, primarily focused on projects or project management. 
  • The nominee may teach either at the undergraduate or graduate level. 
  • The nominee is not required to be a PMI member.

 Not Eligible

  • Sitting members of PMI’s Board of Directors may not participate in the nomination or evaluation process and are ineligible to receive this award.
  • Current sitting members of PMI’s Academic Insight Team are ineligible to receive this award during their tenure on the AIT.
  • Current PMI staff and consultants. 
  • Individuals who have failed to comply with PMI policies and procedures, including but not limited to PMI's Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, will not be considered.

 Number of Awards

  • Only one PMI Linn Stuckenbruck Teaching Excellence Award will be granted annually. 
  • PMI reserves the right not to select a recipient for a particular year.

Criteria

  • Criterion 1: The nominee has demonstrated successful innovation in curriculum development.
  • Criterion 2: The nominee has demonstrated excellence in teaching.

Role of the Nominator 

  • The nominee must be nominated by one or more persons, one of whom must be a current PMI member in good standing. 
  • When more than one person supports the nomination, a Lead Nominator must be designated who assembles and submits the nomination.

Nomination Procedures and Content

The nomination must contain the following: 

  • A curriculum vitae (not to exceed 10 pages) focused on the nominee’s teaching, educational leadership, achievements and other contributions to teaching and learning, as distinct from a standard CV pertaining to the nominee’s field of expertise.
  • A description of the nominee’s experience teaching project management, including the level of students and the names of relevant project or project management courses taught.
  • A statement of the nominee’s teaching philosophy and the level of student engagement with examples. 
  • A summary of teaching evaluations over a minimum of three consecutive years.
  • Letters of support (1 page maximum each) that provide evidence of the success of the candidate's teaching, and specific examples of why the nominee should be considered. There should be a minimum of 3 supporting letters. One letter of recommendation must come from the department chair or program director of the division in which the nominee teaches or the dean of the college. All letters should be signed and dated. 
  • Optional additional evidence of meeting the criteria such as curriculum, video, etc. 

 Nominations will not be reviewed if:

  • Written in a language other than English
  • Nomination Package is incomplete
  • Received after the 1 March submission deadline

 Nominations must be submitted by 1 March.

Verification and Selection

PMI Academic Programs will: 

  • Verify the nominee’s eligibility and that all required materials have been submitted.  
  • Confirm receipt and eligibility of the nomination.
  • Administer the review process and notify the nominator of the result.
  • Distribute and collect required paperwork, including PMI release and permissions forms, from the selected nominee.

Nominations are reviewed and scored by a peer review panel. The evaluation process is proprietary to PMI.

Presentation of the Award 

  • The PMI Linn Stuckenbruck Teaching Excellence Award will be presented at a designated project management event.
  • The award recipient will be publicized through PMI communication channels and external media after the presentation of the award. The recipient may also coordinate additional publicity with PMI after the presentation of the award.

 Additional Information

  • PMI will not reimburse any expense for assembling the nomination or presentation materials.
  • PMI reserves the right within its sole discretion, and at any time up to the time of the presentation of the award, to determine that a candidate is or has become ineligible for the award. In any such case, PMI will notify the lead nominator and the candidate of its decision as soon as possible prior to the award presentation.
  • Please send all inquiries Cristina Olaru, Academic Programs Specialist, at cristina.olaru@pmi.org.  

Purpose

The PMI David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award recognizes the author(s) of a published book that significantly advances project management knowledge, concepts, and practice.

Eligible

  • The nominated book must have been published in English during the previous calendar year in a field relevant to project management.
  • The book may come from academic or practitioner literature. 
  • For books which are not first editions, only the substantive changes since the preceding edition will be considered as eligible material. In this case, the new material should be highlighted as part of the nomination packet.  
  • The author(s) of the nominated book need not be a PMI member.

 Not Eligible

  • Sitting members of PMI’s Board of Directors are ineligible. In addition, they may not participate in the nomination or evaluation process.
  • Current sitting members of PMI’s Academic Insight Team are ineligible to receive this award during their tenure on the AIT.
  • A book authored or co-authored by current PMI staff. 
  • A book authored by a PMI consultant, the content of which is based on the contracted work/activity. 
  • Edited books are not eligible for the award. 
  • Textbooks are not eligible for the award. 
  • Standards of accrediting bodies, including those of PMI.
  • Individuals or organizations that have failed to comply with PMI policies and procedures, including but not limited to PMI's Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

Number of Awards

Only one David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award will be given annually. 

  • In the case of a co-authored book, each author will be recognized. 
  • PMI reserves the right not to select a recipient for a particular year.

Criteria

  • Criterion 1: The nominated book contributes important knowledge, ideas and techniques which are likely to have a lasting influence. The book is novel in developing concepts, techniques and outcomes and is likely to become an important point of reference in project management or the sub-field of the book.  
  • Criterion 2: The book has the potential to impact practice. The impact ranges from direct application to policy and/or practice to influencing perspectives.
  • Criterion 3: The argument, line of reasoning, or analysis is sound and effectively presented. 

Role of the Nominator

  • The book must be nominated by one or more persons, one of whom must be a current PMI member in good standing, or by a publisher.
  • When more than one person supports the nomination, a Lead Nominator must be designated who assembles and submits the nomination.

Nomination Procedures and Content

10 hard copies of the nominated book must be sent to Heather Ramsey, Manager, PMI Academic Programs. Contact cristina.olaru@pmi.org for shipping address. 

  • The nomination must contain the following:
  • Book title, author(s), publication date, publisher, and ISBN number
  • Clear and concise explanation of how the book meets the three criteria listed above
  • Letters of support (1 page maximum each) from each nominator explaining their rationale for supporting the nominated book for the award. If a nominator has a direct personal or professional relationship with the an author of the book, this should be disclosed in the nominator's letter. All letters should be signed and dated.

Nomination materials will not be reviewed if:

  • Written in a language other than English.
  • Nomination form is incomplete.
  • Received after the 1 March submission deadline.

 Nominations must be submitted by 1 March.

 Verification and Selection

PMI Academic Programs will:

  • Verify the nomination’s eligibility and that all required materials have been submitted.  
  • Confirm receipt and eligibility of the nomination.
  • Administer the review process and notify the nominator of the result.
  • Distribute and collect required paperwork, including PMI release and permissions forms, from the selected nominee.

Nominations are reviewed and scored by a peer review panel. The evaluation process is proprietary to PMI.

Presentation of the Award 

  • The PMI David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award will be presented at a designated project management event
  • The award recipient will be publicized though PMI communication channels and external media after the presentation of the award. A recipient may also coordinate additional publicity with PMI after the presentation of the award.

Additional Information

PMI will not reimburse any expense for assembling the nomination or presentation materials.

PMI reserves the right within its sole discretion, and at any time up to the time of the presentation of the award, to determine that a nomination is or has become ineligible for the award. In any such case, PMI will notify the lead nominator and the author(s) of its decision as soon as possible prior to the award presentation.

Please send all inquiries to Cristina Olaru, Academic Programs Specialist, at cristina.olaru@pmi.org.  

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