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UEFA Medical Research Grant Programme (UEFA MRGP)

The UEFA MRGP is a specific grant programme designed for academics working on research in relation to football players health & wellbeing that supports medical decision-making in European football.

Programme overview

The UEFA MRGP encourages universities and scientists to develop their research into medical and health topics in European football. It is for anyone pursuing or already holding a doctorate who is analysing European football from a medical and health point of view. Once completed, the research is shared with the 55 UEFA member associations and is used for growth and development purposes.

In order to foster cooperation between its member associations and European universities, UEFA allows up to three researchers based in the territories of three different national associations to submit joint applications.

Each project selected by the jury is eligible for a grant up to €30,000 for general research and up to €30,000 for female football research for a duration of one year. The jury decides case by case on the amount of the grant. Projects can be submitted in the following three topics:

  1. Football Medicine, with the aim of positively impacting the health of players, referees, or coaches (e. g. injury prevention, infectious disease management, etc.)
  2. Football Performance, with the aim of improving players’ optimal performance (e.g., psychological factors that affect performance, optimal raining methods, nutritional / dietary recommendations, etc.)
  3. Impact in Football, with the aim to implement health or performance-based evidence in football (e.g., implementing effective prevention exercises, harnessing a safe sports culture, etc.)

Contact us


  • Who Researchers holding a research position at a university, football club, national association or equivalent institution
  • When Annually. Next application deadline: 15 March 2024
  • How Long 1 year research
  • Where Research carried out at home institution
  • Grant Up to €30,000 for general research topics; Up to €30,000 for research topics related to female football
  • Number of grants Total allocation: €60,000
  • Language English

Important dates

  • 18 Mar 2024 Application deadline 2024/25 cycle
  • 30 Apr 2024 Attribution of grants
  • 15 Jan 2025 Interim report deadline
  • 30 Jun 2025 Final report deadline


  • Opportunity for researchers to conduct their research in the best possible conditions
  • Access to both funds and data (from national associations and UEFA)
  • Gain international recognition
  • Opportunity for national associations and UEFA to access the latest research in order to further develop their own activities and projects


1. Application deadline 15 March 2024

Applications will only be accepted if completed (according to UEFA MRGP regulations 2024/25) and submitted via the official UEFA MRGP registration page. Applications can be submitted until 15 March 2024 (24:00 CET).

Application deadline
2. Grant decision 30 April 2024

Applicants are informed of the jury’s decision.

Grant decision
3. Introductory meeting May 2024

Introductory meeting on study proposals with granted applicants.

Introductory meeting
4. Interim report 15 January 2025

Researchers submit interim report.

Interim report
5. Final report June 2025

Researchers submit final report.

Final report
6. Presentation of final report June/July 2025

Researcher present final report and results of the project to the UEFA MRGP jury.

Presentation of final report


Thor Einar Andersen
"As a previous recipient of the UEFA grant, I have been inspired both academically and professionally. The grant has facilitated further research in the field of prevention of football injuries, in particularly the preventative effect of the “Adductor Strengthening Programme” on groin problems in football players. Moreover, outcomes of the studies have been implemented at all levels of Norwegian football and in football medicine world-wide." Thor Einar Andersen Professor at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo, Norway and Chief medical officer, the Football Association of Norway
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