APM Research Fund

The APM Research Fund has been established within the Research Programme to provide funding for small-scale research projects or to provide seed funding for larger research projects.

How can APM and the APM Research Fund help me?

In addition to funding, APM can help provide access to data and research participants through access to its corporate members, amongst others, who wish to be involved in cutting edge research activities. By providing a platform for research at its events, publications and journals and through the use of its media channels, APM can aid researchers with disseminating findings and help measure the impact of their work.

How much funding is available and who is eligible?

Applications and proposals are open to individuals (academics, students, volunteers and practitioners) and organisations, including APM Specific Interest Groups and Branches. Both individual and collaborative proposals are welcomed.

Proposals will be funded up to a typical maximum of £5,000 each.  APM is happy to consider match-funding or co-funded submissions. 

What should the research proposal contain and what themes should it address?

Themes for consideration in 2016-17 directly support the emerging APM strategy and include:

  • Improved delivery of public sector projects in the  context of disruption (which might include increasing demand and public expectations, downward pressure on costs and political instability)
  • The impact of diversifying project teams (which might include evaluating the benefit of increased diversity to project teams; benefits of working across the business)
  • Effect of globalisation and project management delivery (which might include virtual teams, cross cultural issues and supply chains)
  • Sponsorship and governance (which might include project leadership, dealing with the C-suite and senior management for example)
  • How do schools use project management as part of the curriculum and extra curricula activities?
  • Application of project management to transformation
  • Frameworks for non-technical skills/competencies (see CMLG sponsored study)

Other themes will also be considered but all proposals must be of practical benefit to the project management community. The research should outline the key question or issue it is trying to address. 

Proposals should be succinct (no more than 1500 words) in MS Word or PDF formats and should seek to address the judging criteria which is set out in the guidance notes below.

For more information please download the APM Research Fund Guidance Notes.

How is the research managed?

A Research Advisory Group (RAG) has been created to provide advice and guidance on APM’s research programme and its current activities. The RAG represents a broad range of APM stakeholders including academics, corporate members, volunteers and other professional bodies.

Research Advisory Group (RAG)

It is the role of the RAG to consider that research produced aids the delivery of projects in practice. RAG members play an active role in the APM Research Fund and the repurposing of academic work for practitioners.

Who is a member of the RAG?

The RAG is currently made up of 8 representatives drawn from across APM’s core stakeholder groups. 

Stakeholder Group represented



APM Board

Paul Chapman

Said Business School

APM Corporate members

Simon Addyman

Transport for London (TFL)

APM Corporate members

Andy Mackintosh

Thales Group

APM Volunteers

Steve Wake

SW Projects

APM Volunteers

Benedict Pinches

Oxford Major Programmes


Darren Dalcher

University of Hertfordshire


Steve Benton

University of Westminster

Professional bodies

Manon Bradley

Major Projects Association

In addition the outlined representatives above, the RAG also includes a number of APM staff members including APM’s CEO, the head of external affairs and APM’s research manager.

The day-to-day activities of APM research are led by APM’s research manager, Daniel Nicholls, who administers RAG activities and provides liaison with all parties on research matters. 


For more information regarding the RAG or APM research, please contact APM research manager Daniel Nicholls: daniel.nicholls@apm.org.uk

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