Submit your application no later than Thursday 15 september 2016

Calls for funding proposals 2017

You can now apply for funding from the Swedish Research Council for Sport Science (Centrum för idrottsforskning, CIF) for 2017. The total sum to be distributed is approximately SEK 20 million. Applications may be for:

  • Project funding
  • Funding for doctoral students
  • Funding for post-doctoral researchers
  • Funding for associations, collaboration and networking

The application is to be made via an English version of the application system.

Please read rules and instructions for how to fill in the application before you start.

Submit your application electronically via the application system no later than Thursday 15 September 2016, 17.00 hrs (Central European Time). The first page from the application form should be printed out, signed, and sent by post to the address below. The first page must have arrived at the Swedish Research Council for Sport Science by 22 September 2016.

General conditions

Sports science may include all areas of research and all applications must be clearly relevant to sport. The application must state the reasons and considerations the project has for studying women and/or men.

Applicants who have previously received project funding or have held a salaried position over a stipulated period of time, and where this period has expired, must have made their final report by 15 September 2016 at the latest. To be eligible for new funding for 2017, a final report and financial accounts must have been presented.

Of special interest are research projects focusing on sporting excellence and research into sports for children and young people. Both types of project are prioritised as long as they are of sufficient quality. We also welcome projects which are the result of discussions with Swedish sports federations and associations.

Project funding

The application may relate to questions such as:

  • The culture of sport and its role in the community
  • The attitude of the individual to, and relationship with, different forms of this culture
  • The way the individual is affected socially, mentally and physically by various sporting activities
  • Levels of mental and physical performance
  • Changes in, and effects on, sporting performance

We welcome applications for multi-disciplinary projects and for projects involving national and international collaboration.

Examples of projects that have received funding can be downloaded from our website Research Reports.

The Swedish Research Council for Sport Science can grant funds up to a maximum of 400,000 SEK per year. Project funding is for one year. Project funding is administered by the academic institution to which the applicant belongs. It can be used at any time from January 2017 and over the following two years.

Funding for doctoral students

The supervisor of the doctoral student is the chief applicant for funds and is accountable for the student. The grant is 300,000 SEK per year. The grant is for two years after which, and after the production of relevant reports and a renewed application, it may be extended by a further two years.

Funding for post-doctoral researchers

The applicant shall have received a PhD degree within a sports-related area at some time in the previous five years. The grant is 450,000 SEK per year. The grant is for two years after which, and subsequent to the production of relevant reports and a renewed application, it may be extended by a further two years.

Funding for associations, collaboration and networking

Funding may be awarded to Swedish federations or associations working to create favourable conditions for collaboration between researchers, or networks between researchers and other parties involved in sport science research. The Swedish Research Council for Sport Science regards new research constellations and forums favourably. Financial support may, for example, be awarded for arranging conferences and seminars where research findings within sport science are presented or discussed.

Decisions on funding

Decisions on funding are made by the Board of the Swedish Research Council for Sport Science on 29 November 2016, after consultations with its Scientific Review Panel. Decisions regarding funding are published on the website on 30 November.  During December formal notice of the decisions and, where relevant, contracts are sent out. Grants are awarded on the understanding that the funds available to the Swedish Research Council for Sport Science continue at least at their current levels.

Contact information

Marie Broholmer, tel: +46 (0) 8 120 537 62, email: marie.broholmer@gih.se
Christine Dartsch, tel: +46 (0) 8 120 537 60, email: christine.dartsch@gih.se