The PBI Foundation is a non-profit research foundation established in 2001. The objective of the foundation is to support and promote research and knowledge development within business and industrial management, especially within the field of industrial project business and industry. The research shall incorporate a scientific approach and be conducted on a non-profit basis. Results that are considered to be of general interest are published.

The PBI Foundation supports doctoral students, the publication of books, conference participation and research programs within project business. This support has resulted in the publication of numerous doctoral theses and articles and has generated high visibility at scientific conferences for the researchers and the foundation.

The PBI Prize is also awarded annually by the foundation. The PBI Prize is awarded for a publication, which has been published the previous year in an internationally reviewed scientific journal or book.