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Funding Opportunity: 2021-2022 Global Sport Institute Seed Grant Program

Hayley Bohall
September 30, 2021

The Global Sport Institute at Arizona State University is a research institute where diverse disciplines converge to thoughtfully examine critical issues impacting sport. As a cross-disciplinary enterprise, our efforts are integrated throughout the entire university rather than within a single concentration. Through our Seed Grant Program, we provide financial support that allows researchers across ASU to more deeply explore sport-related topics within their own field of study.

In the past, the Institute has had an annual theme to provide a context for researchers to apply their expertise to an impactful area, challenging scholars to expand or pivot their work in new directions. Previous years' themes included "Sport 2036,” “Race and Sport Around the Globe," "Sport and the Body," and “Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in Sports.” This year’s call is open and all submissions will be reviewed by the Institute’s research team and affiliated faculty with subject-matter expertise, which will manage the proposal review process.


The Institute is soliciting proposals for the following two items:

  • Well-defined, innovative, translational pilot studies that
    • have a high probability of successful future large-scale external funding
    • involve interdisciplinary collaborations
    • deliver impactful results that can be translated globally to sport stakeholders
  • Working papers (25-30 pages) that identify a timely topic of study in sport, summarize literature, and identify gaps in the literature




  • Letter of Intent: October 8, 2021 at 5pm MST
  • Invitation to full proposal: October 19, 2021 at 5pm MST
  • Full proposal submission: December 3, 2021 at 5pm MST
  • Anticipated award notification: December 17, 2021
  • Initial funding date: January 14, 2022
  • Mid-term report due: July 15, 2022
  • Final report due: January 13, 2023


Submission Process

  •  Letter of Intent—due October 8, 2021
    • The Letter of Intent should include the following: an abstract of the proposed study or project, its significance, and alignment with the key priorities listed above. The abstract is limited to 500 words
    • All proposals must be submitted through the grant application portal at:
    • The full RFP is available here and more information on the Global Sport Institute may be found at