Calls for funding proposals 2021

You can now apply for funding from the Swedish Research Council for Sport Science (Centrum för idrottsforskning, CIF) for 2021. The total sum to be distributed is approximately SEK 22 million.

Applications may be for:

  • Project funding
  • Funding for post-doctoral researchers including funding for operating costs
  • Funding for associations, collaboration and networking

The application is to be made on the website of the Swedish Research Council for Sport Science. Here you can also find rules and instructions on how to fill in the application.

Submit the application electronically via the application system no later than Tuesday, 15 September 2020 at 5 PM (CEST). Please note that we accept only on-line applications. The application should be electronically signed using bankID and sent in before the application system closes by 15 September.

General conditions

Sports science may include all areas of research and all applications must be clearly relevant to sport. The Swedish Research Council for Sport Science’s definition of relevance to sport can be read here Definition of relevance 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 2020 at the latest. To be eligible for new funding for 2021, a final report and financial accounts must have been presented.

Priority areas

Two areas of special interest are research projects focusing on sporting excellence and research into sports for children and young people. Read the definitions of these research areas.

Project funding

The Swedish Research Council for Sport Science can grant funds up to a maximum of SEK 400,000 per year. Project funding is for one year. Project funding is administered by the academic institution to which the applicant belongs. There is no limit to how many years a research project can receive grants from CIF. It is possible to apply for grants for doctoral students in the application for project grants.

Funding for post-doctoral researchers

The applicant shall have received a PhD degree at some time in the previous seven years. The grant is SEK 550,000 per year. The granting of salary is one year at a time and may be extended by 1 year after reporting and renewed application. The first year you can also apply for a grant of up to SEK 100,000 for operating costs in addition to salary.

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

The final decisions on the distribution of funding are made on 2 December 2020, and the announcement is published the day after on the website. Grants are awarded provided that funds are allocated to CIF at least to the present extent.

Contact information

Marie Broholmer, tel: +46 (0) 8 120 537 62, email:
Christine Dartsch Nilsson, tel: +46 (0) 8 120 537 60, email: