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17 Jun 2014
Olympic Studies Centre , IOC News

2014/2015 Academic research grants awarded

In the framework of the first edition of the Advanced Olympic Research Grant Programme, the IOC Olympic Studies Centre (OSC) has awarded six research projects for their academic quality and significance with respect to the IOC priority fields of research.

The 2014/2015 Advanced Olympic Research Grant winners

The six selected projects are:

  • Governing to maintain legacies: Urban governance, policies and the long-term impacts of the Olympics
    Mark DAVIDSON (Clark University, USA)
  • Implicit and explicit perception of the Olympic Values and Olympic Movement in different cultures
    Holger PREUSS (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany), Lamartine P. DACOSTA (Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and Norbert SCHÜTTE (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Germany) 
  • Leveraging the Olympic Games for capacity building of National Sport Governing Bodies
    Vassil GIRGINOV (Brunel University, Great Britain) and Nikolay PESHIN (Russian International Olympic University, Russia)
  • Profiling sport for development strategies of Olympic Movement stakeholders in eight SADEC countries
    Cora BURNETT-LOUW (University of Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • The legacies of the Innsbruck 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games perceived by the local youth
    Martin SCHNITZER (University of Innsbruck, Austria)
  • The role of the entourage in supporting elite athlete performance and educational outcomes
    Camilla KNIGHT (Swansea University, Great Britain) and Chris HARWOOD (Loughborough University, Great Britain)

The selected researchers will benefit from a grant which will allow them to carry out their research project, meet IOC departments’ professionals and, if relevant, to consult the OSC’s resources in Lausanne (unique collection of more than one million archived documents, publications, official reports, photos and film archival material). The results of their research must be submitted to the OSC in June 2015.  

99 researchers from 25 countries and 5 continents applied

This year, which has seen the kick-off of the first edition of the Advanced programme, 44 individual and collective candidature files were submitted from 25 countries, covering all the priority research themes proposed by the IOC. 

Background of the programme

The main objective of the Advanced Olympic Research Grant Programme is to promote advanced research by established researchers with a humanities or social sciences perspective in priority fields of research, which are identified annually by the IOC. University professors, lecturers and research fellows who have completed their doctorate and who currently hold an academic/research appointment covering the period of the grant are eligible to apply. For more information on the priority fields of research and the rules and guidelines in general, click here.

What is the selection process?

In a comprehensive analysis of all the projects - the academic quality as well as the significance of the research proposal to at least one of the priority fields of research -, the proposals are assessed by both academic experts and the IOC departments’ professionals. Taking into account these evaluations, the IOC Grant Selection Committee, which is also composed of academic experts, recommends to the OSC a list of projects to be awarded. Based on these final recommendations, the OSC, in coordination with the IOC departments, validates the final selection of six applications to be awarded.

When is the next edition?

The 2015/2016 edition of the Advanced Olympic Research Grant Programme will be launched in October 2014. Useful documents will be available on our website.

Other research opportunities

The 2015 edition of the PhD Students’ Research Grant Programme was launched in April, with a second category proposed and aimed specifically at PhD students whose research is focused on topics of interest for the National Olympic Committees. The complete explanatory document and the application form are available on our website. Application files must be submitted by email to the OSC by 26 September 2014.

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