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Project Management Institute (PMI) - Sponsored Research Program

Amount Note:

Grants are awarded in two categories: 1) Focused literature review (up to $20,000), or 2) Standard research grant (up to $50,000). Grants are limited to study periods of no more than two years, with rare exceptions.

Eligibility Note:

Awards made through applicant's institution (no direct awards to individuals).

The Project Management Institute (PMI) solicits proposals for research funding on any topic related to project, program or portfolio management. Proposed research must have direct application to some aspect of the project management body of knowledge or its practice. PMI seeks proposals from scholars both within and outside the field of project management, including management, organizational psychology, sociology, education, linguistics and others. PMI encourages 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.

PMI encourages thoughtful, innovative research of two major types:

  • Translational research, which may include an evidence-based study of existing research or evidence-building research. We are interested in work that tells a “story of what exists” in the context and/or practice of project, program and portfolio management beyond the current body of knowledge. Scholars in 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.
  • Unique, new theory-building research or the integration of existing theories that, together, form an interpretive framework for PPPM.

PMI does not accept submissions focused on software development, mathematical models with little or no direct application, or historical research. PMI is pleased to announce its Request for Proposals (RFP) for 2018 research funding on topics related to project, program, or portfolio management (PPPM), with particular interest in the following areas:

  • Organizational change management 
  • Agility in non-IT projects
  • Innovation 
  • Project oriented organizations
  • Strategic initiative management ∙ Knowledge transfer and management
  • Governance 
  • Portfolio Management
  • Requirements Management . Organizational Agility
  • Benefits Realization 
  • Enhancing project management higher education

Last Updated On: 2018-01-15

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