Sport and Exercise research programme call open for proposals

Do you have concrete research questions relating to topics such as exercise and vitality, the opportunities offered by sport to tackle social problems, or the use of technology and data to improve sporting performance? The Taskforce for Applied Research (SIA), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), NOC*NSF, the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport and the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMW) warmly invite you to submit your project ideas (pre-proposals) to the second funding round for the Sport and Exercise research programme. The deadline for submission is December 13, 2018.

In this round, which centres on cooperation between research and practice, the total available funds amount to €4,500,000. Each individual project may apply for a maximum of €750,000. It is also important to form large, multidisciplinary partnerships, and to show that at least 30% of the necessary funds have been raised through co-funding efforts. The duration of the research projects is four years.

You can find the precise conditions in the call for submissions, but a few key points are outlined below.


The project must focus on the following topics:

  • Data science as it relates to research into sport and exercise
  • Improved performance
  • The value(s) of sport
  • Life-long exercise

Your submission must relate to at least one of these topics, and wherever possible big data should be a cross-cutting theme.


To increase the mass of sports research, we encourage applicants to form large-scale multidisciplinary partnerships for this round. At minimum, such a partnership must include:

  • A university or university medical centre
  • A university of applied science (hogeschool)
  • A sports or healthcare organisation
  • A business, local/regional government and/or another social organisation

The extent to which the research proposal responds to the questions and needs of end users will be a key consideration during the assessment procedure.

Source: NWO