Applications are being invited for the 2011/12 cycle of the UEFA Research Grant Programme, which backs the work of doctoral and post-doctoral researchers studying European football. The deadline for applications is 31 March.
The programme is designed to establish a series of awards of up to €20,000, and is considered valuable because of the way that such research can help provide interesting new information on European football – and assist the continental football family in fulfilling its mission and making its decision-making more effective and informed.
Research proposals may be submitted for consideration to the UEFA Research Grant Jury, which comprises a chairman, four representatives of the European football family and four academics known internationally for their work linked to European football/sport. Proposals may be made in the following areas: economics, history, law, management, political science, sociology and medical sciences.
Although all research proposals are welcome, proposals addressing the UEFA priority topics listed below are especially encouraged:
• Governance and regulation in European football
• Specificity and autonomy of sport
• Challenges facing professional football (e.g. illegal betting, doping, corruption)
• Evolution of the game (e.g. tactics, competition formats, rules, player characteristics)
• Women's football
• Grassroots football (e.g. models for encouraging young people to play football)
• Transfers and development of youth players
• Adequate number of games per season (e.g. for a football player)
• Football in extreme conditions (e.g. cold, heat)
• Links between medical conditions and the playing of football
Candidates applying for a grant must either have obtained a doctorate and currently hold a research position at a university or equivalent institution; or be enrolled as a doctoral student at a university or equivalent institution and currently be preparing a doctoral thesis (the proposed research project must have a clear link with the field of research of the doctoral thesis). All applicants must be proficient in at least one of the official UEFA languages (English, French and German).
"Over the last few years UEFA has increasingly engaged with the academic community by establishing a series of initiatives that continue to provide research-based findings to help the European football family to reach more informed decisions," said UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino. "One such initiative is the UEFA Research Grant Programme.
"Through this grant programme, UEFA is committed to supporting the ongoing work of doctoral and post-doctoral researchers investigating European football," he added. "UEFA's core mission is to develop European football at all levels of the game and promote the principles of unity and solidarity. Therefore, by shedding new light on football and the myriad ways in which it interrelates with society as a whole, quality research can help UEFA to fulfil its mission. In addition to research in the social sciences, the programme is open to proposals in the field of medical sciences."
The official application form, together with the UEFA Research Grant Programme Regulations, is available on UEFA.com (under "Supporting Documentation"). The entire application must be written in one of the three official UEFA languages. It is imperative that all applicants read the UEFA Research Grant Programme Regulations before filling in the application form. In case of any differences between the English, French and German versions of these regulations, the English version will prevail. Applications and any other correspondence relating to the programme should be sent to the following address:
UEFA Research Grant Programme
National Associations Division
Route de Genève 46
Tel: +41 (0) 22 707 2919 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
"The UEFA Research Grant Programme is an excellent opportunity to encourage the work of both prominent and aspiring researchers working within the field of European football," Mr Infantino concluded. "It is thus with great pleasure that I encourage you to submit a research proposal to be taken into consideration by the UEFA Research Grant Jury."
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