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 typically funded at £5,000 each although submissions of a larger scale, ambition and impact will also be considered. APM is happy to consider match-funding or co-funded submissions.

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

APM’s research themes and priorities for 2018 are:

  • New emergent themes or knowledge gaps that directly impact project delivery. These might include: Temporary Multi-Organisations (TMO’s), the role of agile within the wider world of project management, delivering digital transformation, the use of data and analytics in improving project delivery particularly in the use of project controls and planning, Future Project Management skills and competences and PM in the Boardroom – governance and accountability at the C-suite and amongst senior management for example.
  • Project management markets or sectors – this includes cross-sectorial comparisons and differences, exploratory studies of new and emerging project management markets or sectors and deeper dives of project management within more traditional project management sectors or markets.
  • External issues which may affect project management delivery indirectly. These might include: Virtual teams, cross cultural issues, supply chain management, Project Management in the context of government policy for example Brexit or UK Industrial Strategy and Climate change and sustainability.

The above themes directly support the APM strategy and a detailed breakdown of these themes can be found in the ‘Detailed Appendix’ which is contained the guidance notes below.

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.

2018 Research fund studies


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

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