Research fund

APM offer two main types of Research funding: The research fund, which has an annual call and larger commissioned studies.

We are also open to collaborative research opportunities, therefore if you have any proposals that you feel would benefit APM’s members and the wider project management community please contact us using the form below.

APM Commissioned Research

Commissioned studies seek to address emergent themes, knowledge gaps and to answer some of the big questions for the project profession. These studies are the flagship activity of APM’s research programme and are amongst the most downloaded and influential of all APM publications.

We do not currently have any open tenders, but they will be published here as and when they become available.


APM Research Fund

The APM Research Fund aims to provide funding for small-scale research projects or to provide seed funding for larger research projects.

How can 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.

What is eligibility and level of funding available?

Lower tier proposals looking for seed funding will be typically funded at £5,000 each whilst larger higher tier submissions of a much larger scale, ambition and impact will be typically funded at £25,000. APM is happy to consider match-funding or co-funded submissions.

Applications and proposals are open to all UK-residents (including: academics and researchers, students, the APM volunteer community and project practitioners etc.) and globally to academics and researchers at non-UK recognised Higher Education Institutions.

Both individual and collaborative proposals are welcomed as are interdisciplinary projects. The number of studies awarded funding will vary from year to year depending on the quality of submissions and priorities.

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

APM’s research interests for 2020 are:

  • The value of assurance.
  • The United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the social value of project and project management.

 

FEATURED RESEARCH

The wellbeing of project professionals

The awareness of mental health and wellbeing issues in societies is increasing. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s report shows the whole of Europe is struggling with the burden of mental ill health, which affects an estimated 84 million people – one in six. The cost to the UK economy is in line with the average for Europe at 4 per cent of GDP (approximately costing £94 billion per year).

View research

PREVIOUS RESEARCH FUND STUDIES

Quantification of social benefits on public and third sector projects

This research project is a critical evaluation of current methods used by project planners and evaluators in the public and third sectors to quantify social benefits and costs.

View research


How can we handover projects better?

How do we improve the transition of a project from the project team delivering in a project life cycle to the end users’ business as usual activities, to ensure the realisation of the benefits the project set out to achieve? 

View research


Scaled Agile Project Management

A study on the practical adoption of agile methodologies this study aims to investigate the level of practical adoption of those programme and portfolio components addressed by Scaled Agile methodologies. 

View research


Strategies for dealing with difficult stakeholders

This research project focuses on the psycho-social aspects of project management and specifically on how project managers cope with difficult stakeholders.

View research


Women in major projects

This research project aims to address the representation of women in the leadership of major projects. It forms part of a broader action research programme (ARPL) on the leadership and delivery of major projects.

View research

 



How is systems thinking used in projects?
 

This study builds on the work used to establish the Systems Thinking SIG as they seek to identify the range of activities classified as systems thinking and how these are seen to add value to projects. 

View research


Project leadership

This research has sought to draw out project leadership competences from the perspective of practising project leaders, aspiring project leaders, heads of profession, project sponsors and clients.

View research


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.

View research


Governance interface in project organising 

This proposed research will adopt a narrative approach to explore the governance interface in the project organising where Owners & Operators and Projects & Programmes overlap.

View research


Capturing and evaluating individual and social factors that influence critical project decisions

The study seeks to increase project management knowledge in three interrelated areas; firstly, identifying how decision-makers actually make decisions in the complex situations they encounter during a project’s life. 

View research


Calls for funding

Calls for funding for 2020 are currently closed.

Calls for next year will open in February 2021.  Please contact the research team or sign up for the APM research newsletter for further information.

For more information regarding APM research or to sign up for the APM research newsletter 
please contact the team or complete the form below

Contact the research team

By submitting your details below you consent to APM sending you emails related APM Research. We look after your data carefully; please read our privacy policy at the bottom of this page to find out more.

Join APM

Sign up to the APM Newsletter.