PMI Research Achievement Award

The PMI Research Achievement Award recognizes and honors an individual whose work has significantly advanced the concepts, knowledge, and practices of project management through a published body of academic research.

Submission Deadline

The call for nominations for will open 29 February and close 29 April 2024.


Guidelines and Nomination Procedures


  • The nominee must have made a significant contribution to the advancement of the field of project management through academic research.
  • The nominee is not required to be a PMI member.
  • The nominee may work in any type of organization: corporate, government, nonprofit, or academic.
  • Though impactful research tends to be a collective endeavor, the award is a researcher award, not a team award. As such, it is given to only one individual to recognize this individual researcher’s exceptional contributions to the field of project management.

Not Eligible

  • Sitting members of PMI’s Board of Directors may not participate in the nomination or evaluation process and are ineligible to receive this award.
  • Sitting members of PMI’s Academic Insight Team (AIT) are ineligible to receive this award during their tenure on the AIT.
  • Current PMI staff and consultants.
  • Individuals who have previously received this award within the last 10 year.
  • Individuals who have failed to comply with PMI policies and procedures, including but not limited to PMI's Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, will not be considered.

Number of Awards

  • Only one PMI Research Achievement Award will be granted annually.
  • PMI reserves the right not to select a recipient for a particular year.


The nominee shall have met the following criteria:

  • Criterion 1: The nominee must have significantly advanced the concepts, knowledge, and practices that contribute to the project management field through a published body of academic research.
  • Criterion 2 (Scientific Contribution): The research must have an enduring theoretical, empirical, or practical value.

Role of the Nominator

  • The nominee must be nominated by one or more persons.
  •  When more than one person supports the nomination, a Lead Nominator must be designated who collects and submits all nomination materials and serves as the point of contact for the nomination. 

Nomination Procedures and Content

The nomination must contain the following:

  • The CV of the nominee with complete list of publications.
  • A description of the body of research on which the nomination is based and its contribution toward advancing the field of project management.
  • An explanation of how the nominee's work has significantly advanced the conceptions, knowledge, and practices of the project management field.
  • Evidence of the enduring theoretical, empirical, or practical value of the nominee's work. 
  • Minimum of two letters of support (1 page maximum each) must be included. One letter from each nominator should be included explaining their rationale for supporting the nominee for the award. If a nominator has a direct personal or professional relationship with the nominee, this should be disclosed in the nominator's letter. All letters should be signed and dated.

Nominations will not be reviewed if:

  • Written in a language other than English
  • Nomination Package is incomplete
  • Received after the submission deadline

Nominations are to be submitted online by 29 April 2024.

Verification and Selection

PMI Academic Programs will:

  • Verify the nominee’s eligibility and that all required materials have been submitted.
  • Confirm receipt and eligibility of the nomination.
  • Administer the review process and notify the nominator of the result.
  • Distribute and collect required paperwork, including PMI release and permissions forms, from the selected nominee.

Nominations are reviewed and scored by a peer review panel. The evaluation process is proprietary to PMI.

Presentation of the Award

  • The PMI Research Achievement Award will be presented at a designated project management event.
  • The award recipient will be publicized through PMI communication channels and external media after the presentation of the award. The recipient may also coordinate additional publicity with PMI after the presentation of the award.

Additional Information

  • PMI will not reimburse any expenses for assembling the nomination or presentation materials.
  • PMI reserves the right within its sole discretion, and at any time up to the time of the presentation of the award, to determine that a candidate is or has become ineligible for the award. In any such case, PMI will notify the candidate of its decision as soon as possible prior to the award presentation.
  • Please send all inquiries to [email protected] FAO Daniel Nicholls.


Past Recipients of this Award

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