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Prince Faisal Bin Fahad Award for Sports Research


Thank you for applying to the Prince Faisal bin Fahad Award for Sports Research. Winners of the 2020/2021 Award edition have now been selected and communicated with.

The Prince Faisal bin Fahad Award is an international research grant program targeted at sports research projects related to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Award aims to support rigorous, intellectually ambitious, and technically sound research that is relevant to the most pressing questions and compelling opportunities in sports. We seek to financially support scholarly work that develops new foundational knowledge or build upon existing knowledge, that may have a lasting impact on the sports discourse. The Award will allow researchers to apply for funding of USD 80'000 to USD 120'000 to support their research. A total of USD 1,000,000 will be awarded.
The Leaders Development Institute oversees the award, and is an educational institution operating under the Ministry of Sports of Saudi Arabia, and is committed to developing the sports sector through research, innovation, and education. The Award is one of the initiatives of the Quality of Life Program, operating under Vision 2030.
An independent scientific committee, established by the International Academy of Sports Science and Technology (AISTS), the international academy based in the Olympic Capital, Lausanne, Switzerland, will determine grant recipients through the Award.

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Award Advantages

  • Support for facilitating partnerships with with Saudi-based institutions and academics.

  • COVID-19 permitting, winners will be invited to an award ceremony held in the olympic capital Lausanne Switzerland.

  • Full monetary funding of research costs, including direct & indirect costs. 



Research Tracks

Youth and Grassroots

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This category supports sports research projects targeted at the under 24 years old segment of the population, in the context of Saudi Arabia. Proposals can be presented from the perspective of, but is not limited to, the following fields:
1- Sports Sociology
2- Sports Psychology
3- Kinesiology
4- Sports Management

Coaching and Education

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This category supports research projects targeted at the coaching and education aspects of sports. This can be in the context of but is not limited to, pedagogy, physical education, movement, and active play. Projects can focus on any age, athletics level (mass participation, amateur, elite), and any sport in the context of Saudi Arabia.

Public Health

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This category supports research projects targeted at sports-related public health topics in the context of Saudi Arabia. Physical inactivity is a large risk factor associated with many non-communicable lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity, depression, and stress-related disorders.



Important Dates

Applications open
October 4, 2020

Full Proposal Deadline
February 15, 2021 (23:59 GMT+3)



Frequently Asked Questions

Who is qualified to apply for this award?
Principal Investigators with a PhD or above in a related field are eligible to apply for the award.
Can a graduate student serve as a PI or Co-PI on a proposal submission?
No, the PI and any Co-PIs named on the proposal are expected to have earned doctorate degrees prior to proposal submission. While graduate students may be included in the budget as research assistants, this program is not meant to support student research projects.
Is this award exclusive to Saudi-based researchers?
No, researchers from around the world are eligible to apply, but research must be in the context of Saudi Arabia.
What is the expected duration of projects in this program?
Grants will have a use-of-funds duration of 12 months.