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Launch of the Advanced Olympic Research Grant Programme 2020/2021

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22 Nov 2019
Olympic Studies Centre
The IOC Olympic Studies Centre (OSC) has launched a new edition of the Advanced Olympic Research Grant Programme intended for established researchers engaged in Olympic-related research.

Main objective

To promote advanced research with a humanities or social sciences perspective by established researchers in priority fields of research, which are identified annually by the IOC. For the 2020/2021 edition, the following list of eleven priority fields of research has been identified dealing with key IOC activity areas:

  1. Psychological and emotional health of elite-level athletes after retirement: Awareness, intervention and prevention programmes to protect the athletes.

  2. The ethical, legal and social implications of performance-enhancing technologies such as gene-editing tools (e.g. CRISPR), neuro-enhancing tools on the future of athletic performance and athletes’ safety.

  3. Athletes’ dual careers - Analysis of the impact of following a dual career in terms of sports performance based on the experiences of athletes from different sports, countries and socio-economical contexts.

  4. Athletes and coaches leading the way in addressing harassment and abuse in and outside sport - Research into athletes’ and coaches’ experiences from different sports and countries and identification of good practices to promote safe sport for all.

  5. Barriers and challenges faced by high-performance women coaches from all continents at the Olympic Summer and Winter Games. Research into the obstacles that women experience, as well as the identification of good practices that serve to attract and retain women as Games coaches.

  6. Sports ethics and integrity education within the Olympic Movement – Analysis of effective means and methods to ensure that the ethics and integrity rules and principles are effectively conveyed and applied by the International Sports Federations and the National Olympic Committees. (For more information concerning the ethics and integrity rules established by the Olympic Movement, see here).

  7. Contribution of the Olympic Movement, the sports sector and/or the sports development sector to the Sustainable Development Goals – Case study analysis of the impacts of sports initiatives, especially organised at the local level.

  8. The role that sport can play in the protection and well-being of refugee and internally displaced young people - How safe spaces in sport and programmes devoted to sport for protection contribute to protecting girls and boys (For more information, please refer to the “Sport for Protection Toolkit: Programming with Young People in Forced Displacement Settings” created by UNHCR, the IOC and Terre des hommes).

  9. Olympic legacy evaluation – Examining legacies using empirical, data-driven approaches. Priority will be given to studies looking at under-researched Olympic Games editions - Summer Games held in the period 1972–2004 and Winter Games held in the period 1968-2006 - and to Olympic candidatures. (*)

  10. Intangible Olympic legacies – Examining the long-term changes initiated by hosting the Olympic Games or the Youth Olympic Games in terms of: a) skills, knowledge and networks; b) policy and governance; and c) intellectual property. The studies should be empirical and look at Olympic Games editions, Youth Olympic Games editions or Olympic candidatures with at least a four-year “test of time” (i.e. editions from 2016 or before). (*)

  11. Promoting Olympic legacies – Examining how tangible and intangible Olympic legacies are promoted and celebrated during the years/decades following the hosting of the Games. (*)

Who is eligible to apply?

All university professors, lecturers and research fellows who have completed their doctorate and who currently hold an academic/research appointment/affiliation covering the period of the grant.

Selection Committee

The Grant Programme Selection Committee is composed of academic experts who are world-renowned for their involvement in Olympic studies. The relevant IOC departments and a selection of peer reviewers are also involved in the selection process.

To find a detailed description of the evaluation and selection process and the pool of Peer-reviewers who have contributed to the programme in the past, please consult our website.

Application files

Application files, and any related correspondence, should be sent to The OSC before 31 January 2020. The complete explanatory document and the application form are available on our website.


The Advanced Olympic Research Grant Programme is one of the two research programmes

run by The IOC Olympic Studies Centre. To learn more about the other research opportunities, please click here.

To find out more about The Olympic Studies Centre, please consult our website. If you are interested in our collections, we invite you to discover the Olympic World Library (OWL), a library catalogue, entirely dedicated to Olympic knowledge, giving access to over 35.000 official and academic titles, of which over 9.000 are accessible in digital format. 

(*) We invite interested applicants to consult previous research projects already funded with a research grant (see here under “Sustainability and Legacy”) and to propose new editions and/or areas of analysis).

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