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.
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.
The UEFA RGP helps:
- researchers to conduct their research in the best possible conditions, with access to both funds and data (from national associations and UEFA), and gaining international recognition;
- national associations and UEFA to gain access to the latest research analysing European football from a variety of academic disciplines 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 2019 (24.00 CET). If you have any questions about the programme, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Researchers holding a research position at a university or equivalent institution with the support of a European football national association
Deadline for applications:
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
6 grants per cycle (total allocation: €100,000)
English, French and German
Applications currently open
As a recipient of a grant for the 2017/18 [Research Grant] programme, I have benefited both academically and professionally from the process. The grant enabled me to engage with UEFA and the French and Dutch football associations as part of my programme of research, facilitating important findings into referee abuse, experience and training in different cultures and countries. Developing an under-researched subject area and furthering academic and professional understanding have been central to the grant programme and my research.
The UEFA Research Grant Programme is not just related to supporting academic research; it represents a fundamental strategic pillar for the development of football in Europe. For instance, the project supported by the Italian Football Association in 2018 is definitely helping to give a strong boost to the growth of women’s football in Italy and further afield. The research will provide analysis and insights on governance, financial and organisational aspects of clubs promoting the women’s game internationally. The final outcomes will have great strategic relevance for the definition of guidelines to further develop the sport, as well as evaluating the potential benefits to be derived from integration with professional men’s clubs.