Academic Programs & Research

Advance the Profession

PMI research and educational programs help define and develop the future of project management.

Project management is the strategic competency that enables organizations to implement strategies and deliver expected benefit. PMI is committed to advancing the science and practice of project management by supporting the work of academics through research and education programs, informing the practice of project management and the real-world application of research results. 

We encourage scholars, researchers and reflective practitioners to get involved in the creation and dissemination of new knowledge. PMI provides essential offerings for academics and researchers, including:

  • Funding for new academic research in project, program and portfolio management
  • Venues to showcase, present and discuss new and cutting-edge research
  • Opportunities to exchange ideas and network with scholars and advanced practitioners
  • Access to publications including Project Management Journal®, articles, books and papers on basic and applied research findings
  • More opportunities and resources if you choose to join PMI as a member

PMI Sponsored Research Program

Supporting new academic research with the intent to advance knowledge in project, program and portfolio management.

Submission guidelines and eligibility

Published Research 

Summaries of New Research for Reflective Practitioners

Research Events

Encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration among scholars and practitioners, and disseminating new knowledge in project management, we offer educational and research-oriented opportunities at various conferences and regional workshops throughout the year.

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Calls for Papers

PMI supports scholars who create and disseminate knowledge through new research in project management. We encourage the academic community to submit their work to Project Management Journal as well as PMI conferences and those of allied academic organizations. 

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Teaching Case Competition

Project management scholars and practitioners can participate in our annual Teaching Case Competition. Submissions are open 2 January-1 May. 

Each year, cases will be accepted on a timely topic within project management. The competition will be judged by a panel of expert case writers and project management scholars, with monetary prizes for the top three cases.

Winners will be announced in October and will be published through PMI. 

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Academic Network

Join the academic community of scholars, faculty and project professionals interested in the creation and dissemination of knowledge in project management and get the latest news in the field.

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      Designed “by faculty, for faculty,” the curriculum guidelines and teaching resources can be used to introduce a basic course or integrate project management topics and concepts into existing courses. The flexible guidelines and teaching materials can be customized to reflect your disciplinary focus, teaching approach, student profile, and course structure.

    • Global Accreditation Center

      The Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) is an independent academic accreditation body with policies, procedures, and standards for accrediting project management and related programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree levels.

    • Registered Education Providers

      PMI R.E.P.s are organizations that we have approved to offer training in project management and issue professional development units (PDUs) to meet the continuing education requirements needed by PMI credential holders.


Thesis Research Grant

The PMI Thesis Research Grant Program supports doctoral and master’s thesis research in project, program, and/or portfolio management. Applications are accepted from part-time and fulltime doctoral and master’s students at accredited colleges and universities. The grant is awarded annually, and the call for proposals is announced from 1 April, with a submission deadline of 15 May. 

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Project Management Journal

Project Management Journal

The mission of the peer-reviewed Project Management Journal is to shape world thinking on the need for and impact of managing projects by publishing cutting-edge research to advance theory and evidence-based practice. PMJ embraces contributions both from within and beyond project management to augment and transform theory and practice, and welcomes articles on topics related to project, program and portfolio management, project-based organizations, project business and more.

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The Survey Links Program was designed as a way to promote project management research in an accessible manner.

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