Launch of the Advanced Olympic Research Grant Programme 2019/2020

16 Nov 2018

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 2019/2020 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. 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.

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 1 February 2019. 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.

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