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UEFA Research Grants on European Football

he 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.

Research proposals in the following fields may be submitted:

  • Economics
  • History
  • Law
  • Management
  • Medical science
  • Political science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

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

Application date
Up to 9 months
Humanities : History
Social sciences : Business and Administrative Sciences, Economics, Law, Political science, Sociology
Other : Medicine
Required post-doc experience
Between 0 and 99 years
Award granted
Up to € 20.000