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Sports science: sports science research projects


The Ministry of Education and Culture funds sports science research projects that are in line with the objectives for societal impact in the sports sector as outlined in the Budget. The supported projects are required to collaborate with each other. This collaboration may take place, for example, in the form of seminars or discussion events organised by the Ministry.

The Ministry of Education and Culture and the National Sports Council monitor the implementation of the studies, the key scientific results of the studies, possibilities of applying the results, and their contribution to sport policy discussion. Results from financed studies must be integrated into decision-making. Research communications must be outlined in the research plan and an account must be given on how research information will be positioned in relation to prior research in the field and how new information will reach both practical users of the information and the field of research.

The following points will be taken into consideration in the assessment of studies funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture and in funding decisions:

  • High standard of research
  • Innovative and unique nature of the research and its high level of applicability to decisions on sport policy.
  • Multidisciplinary approach of research and cooperation within sports science and with other fields of science both nationally and internationally.
  • Broad financial base for research
  • Knowledge and skills of the research group
  • Communications plan for the research and usability of the research as part of policy-making.

Research communities may apply for financing for sports science research projects. Communities can apply for research financing to cover remuneration paid to researchers and other research staff, shared expenses collected by research institutes as well as for other expenses.

Application period for new research projects
The application period starts on 31 August 2022.
The application period ends on 5 October 2022 at 16.15.

Applications are submitted using the online service of the Academy of Finland.

Application period for follow-up research projects
(a separate call for applications will be published for follow-up projects in October 2022):
The aim is to make all decisions on new sports science research projects by the end of March 2023.

The Ministry of Education and Culture helps fund new research projects and follow-up research projects on condition that Parliament allocates appropriations for this purpose.


Senior Advisor, Samuli Rasila, puh. 0295 330057, [email protected]