Mission The Project Governance and Controls Symposium (PGCS) is a not for profit organisation focused on expanding knowledge of the governance, management and control of projects, programs, and portfolios in Australasia and rewarding excellence in research. A core component of our mission is the funding of research into aspects of project, program, and/or portfolio, governance, management and/or control in the Australian context.
Please note, The Australian Research Council has now included ‘Project Management’ as a research classification in Australia and New Zealand with the code 350712, listed under Strategy, Management and Organisational Behaviour.
The PGCS research grant to be awarded in 2021 is set at $10,000.00. Future grants will be determined based on the success of our Symposium and Masterclasses each year and awarded annually.
1. The research grants for 2021 will close on 12th April 2021.
2. All applications are to be completed using the Application Form available for downloading below.
3. An electronic copy of this application form and all supporting documents must be submitted to PGCS at
firstname.lastname@example.org by close of business on the due date.
4. Late applications and those that do not fulfil the eligibility criteria will not be accepted.
5. All applications must include the signed declaration of applicant responsibilities included in these guidelines.
Each research proposal submitted is assessed based on the following elements of the grant application:
- The significance of the research to advancing the practice of project, program, and/or portfolio, governance,
management and/or control, in Australia
- Quality, relevance and recency of the literature review and background to the study
- Adequacy and feasibility of the research design
- Consideration of any ethical issues, and
- The contribution of the PGCS grant towards enhancing or enabling the research.
The PGCS Research Grant is available to any academic or post graduate researcher (including PhD candidates), based at an Australian University, researching a topic consistent with our mission. For administrative purposes, the grant will be awarded to an individual researcher (the Applicant). The applicant may prepare this application and undertake the funded research:
- As an individual
- Under the supervision of, or with the assistance from, more senior Academics or industry practitioners
- As part of a collaboration involving other researchers either within the Applicant’s university, between universities,
and/or involving industry.
The grant may be awarded to support ongoing research or to fund new research.
- The researcher or researchers are employed by, or studying at, an Australian University, or universities.
- The research is supported by one or more Australian Universities.
- The research is primarily focused on of projects, programs, and/or portfolios in the context of Australian business
or government practice (Note: this provision does not preclude collaboration with overseas participants).
- The research is focused on improving the practice of one or more of:
- Project governance, management and/or control
- Program governance, management and/or control
- Portfolio governance, management and/or control.
- The grant recipient agrees to present a report on their findings at the annual Project Governance & Controls
Symposium in Canberra, and publish a report in the PGCAR.