UEFA Research Grant Programme (UEFA RGP)

The UEFA RGP is a prestigious grant programme designed for academics working in partnership with national associations to deliver research that improves strategic decision-making in European football.

Archive of funded projects

Programme overview

The UEFA RGP has been established to support visionary research on European football. It is for anyone working on, or already holding, a PhD who is analysing European football from a variety of academic disciplines. Once completed, the research is shared with the 55 UEFA member associations and is used for growth and development purposes. Grant applicants must submit a recommendation letter from a UEFA member association, thus ensuring that their project is undertaken in line with contemporary issues and has the highest practical value possible.

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

Each individual project selected by the UEFA Research Grant Jury is eligible for a grant of up to €15,000 and each joint project for a grant of up to €20,000 for a nine-month research period.



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

Application and selection

Applications can be submitted in English, French, and German. The projects that fill all criteria described in the regulations (available to download below) are reviewed by the UEFA Research Grant Jury, which comprises a chairman, representatives of European football and academics known internationally for their work in European football or sport in general.

The UEFA Research Grant Programme brochure, regulations, official application forms and the mandatory declaration to UEFA, as well as abstracts of previous research projects, can all be found in the supporting documents section below.

Applications for the UEFA Research Grant Programme must reach UEFA by 31 March 2020 (24.00 CET). If you have any questions about the programme, please contact academy@uefa.ch.




Researchers at a university or equivalent institution with the support of a UEFA member association



Deadline for applications:
31 March

How Long

9 months’ research


Research carried out at home institution
Presentation of final report at UEFA headquarters


Individual grant of up to €15,000
Joint grant of up to €20,000

Number of grants

Max. 6 grants per cycle (total allocation: €100,000)


English, French and German


Applications currently open