Research funding

The APM research consultation identified the importance of providing funding for academics and students alike.  Principally this is done through the APM Research Fund which has an annual call for funding but other funding streams may be available.

For more information regarding APM research, please contact APM research manager Daniel Nicholls:


APM Research Fund

The APM Research Fund has been established within APM's 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 APM Research Fund proposal contain and what themes should it address?

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.

The above themes directly support the APM strategy – please refer to the research fund guidance notes for more information.

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

Research fund studies

APM's previously commissioned research has supported key themes or issues arising from the project profession.

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