The main objective of The Olympic Studies Centre (OSC) grant programme is to promote advanced research with a humanities or social sciences perspective by established researchers in priority fields of research identified annually by the IOC.


For the 2019/2020 edition, the priority fields of research are as follows:

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. 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.

4. 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 four years of “test of time” (i.e. editions from 2014 or before).

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

6. Olympic cities: the role and involvement of the NOCs in host countries in supporting the delivery and promoting the legacy of the Games, and in particular sports practice at local level. Comparison between various Olympic cities to include the more recent ones.

7. Public perception of the IOC’s role and reputation – Examining the public’s understanding and knowledge of the IOC’s role in society since the 1980s using empirical and data-driven approaches – Analysis and comparison between countries on different continents.

8. To what extent is sport, the Olympic Games and/or the Youth Olympic Games perceived as a means for positive impact on society among the young generation? – Analysis and comparison between countries on different continents.

9. Sports ethics and integrity education – Analysis of effective means and methods to ensure that the ethics and integrity rules and principles established by the Olympic Movement are effectively conveyed and applied in sports governing bodies.

10. Sport for development – Worldwide, continental or regional analysis, inside and outside the Olympic Movement, of the main players (in terms of funding, organisation and implementation), types of partnerships, activities and outcomes.

11. Esports: Support offered by the games publishers and the national esports federations / associations to the players’ careers from grassroots to professional level.

A secondary objective of this programme is to encourage the applicants to consult collections of the OSC, when they bring added value to the research.


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 (from submission of the application to delivery of the final report) are eligible to apply.
Applicants must submit a proposal directly linked to at least one of the priority fields of research listed above. Research projects will only be accepted if the applicants clearly demonstrate that the results will be relevant to the current situation of the priority field concerned. Applications dealing with medical sciences will not be accepted.

Other eligibility criteria to be fulfilled are as follows:

‒ Applicants must be fluent in either French or English.
‒ Applicants may submit a proposal with the same research subject on only two occasions. However, on the second occasion, they must clearly explain how it differs from and improves the first proposal.
‒ Applicants may apply on an individual or collective basis. In the second case, all research group members have to fulfil all the eligibility criteria. In addition, one member of the group should be nominated as the coordinator and remain the main contact person for the OSC. Interdisciplinary and intercultural collective applications are encouraged.

These eligibility criteria will be strictly applied.

Funding Available

Successful applicants will receive a research grant of a maximum of USD 20,000 per project. The total amount to be awarded will be decided by the Grant Programme Selection Committee after having analysed all the elements of the application.

Research expenses directly related and essential to the project as follows:
‒ Travel (economy class) and living expenses when outside the applicant’s place of residence;
‒ Translation costs for relevant research materials;
‒ Other relevant research expenditures.
Research assistance will be funded when essential and properly justified. Details of the number of days and tasks to be performed at a daily rate must be provided.
Expenses regarding participation at conferences where applicants are presenting results of this research must not exceed 10 per cent of the total budget within a limit of USD 1,000.

‒ Salary and/or fringe benefits, including insurance;
‒ Tuition and study fees;
‒ Institutional overheads or institutional support;
‒ Expenses incurred prior to the effective date of the grant;
‒ Purchase of technological material (laptop, camera, etc.).
The grant will be paid through the academic institution of the successful applicant (coordinator) according to the following schedule: one-half when awarded, one-quarter after an intermediate progress report and one-quarter on receipt of the final research report.

Useful Links

  • For further details about funding categories, eligibility criteria and deadlines, click here.


CORIS Internal Review Please contact your Research Facilitator
cuResearch Checklist January 25, 2019
Submission to Sponsor February 1, 2019

Submitting Your Application

  • Applications must be submitted via cuResearch, through which Departmental and Associate Dean’s approval must be provided to complete the online application process.
  • More information on cuResearch can be found here.

Internal Contacts

If you would like assistance with proposal development and/or a substantive review of your proposal, please contact the appropriate Research Facilitator.