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.
APM’s research themes and priorities for 2019 are:
- Digitalisation, Artificial Intelligence and big data in projects
- International ethics: projects across boundaries – this study is also open to non-UK residents
One study in each of these themes will be funded. Other themes will also be considered for funding and applicants are encouraged to put forward innovative topics which will support the future delivery of projects and which address current challenges. The above themes directly support the APM strategy. 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.
Understanding leadership in the context of transformation projects
This research aims to advance understandings of individual, team and organisation-wide leadership capabilities for successfully delivering transformation projects, and ways in which they can be fostered.
The research intends to provide advanced understandings of: approaches to leading transformation; challenges/opportunities for leadership and ways to effectively respond to them; and ways to examine and strengthen individual, team and organisational leadership capabilities.
This study is linked to the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) Project X research initiative – theme E on capability, leadership and knowledge management.
The APM Research Fund has been set up within the Research Programme to provide funding for small-scale research projects or to provide seed funding for larger research projects.
APM previously approved the following studies:
- How is Systems Thinking used in projects?
- Project leadership
- Understanding leadership in the context of transformation projects
- Governance interface in project organising
- Capturing and evaluating individual and social factors that influence critical project decisions
- How can we handover projects better?
- Scaled Agile Project Management
- Strategies for dealing with difficult stakeholders
- Women in major projects
- Quantification of social benefits on public and third sector 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, the APM volunteer community and practitioners) and organisations, including APM Specific Interest Groups and Branches. The directed study on “International ethics: projects across boundaries” (see point 9 of the ‘Criteria and guidance’ document for details) is also open to non-UK resident academics and researchers. This is the only study open for non-UK residents in 2019. Both individual and collaborative proposals are welcomed.
How are the summaries produced?
Summaries are produced by experienced technical writers who have a proven track record of converting academic text for public audiences in conjunction with the original academic author(s) where possible.
Each summary paper includes the opportunity for the original authors to include a short paragraph around how the subject matter contained has moved on, or whether there is anything practitioners should be aware of since the original article was published, if relevant.