Granted Seed Money 2018-2019

Four seed money applications granted

The 2018-2019 call for seed money invited UU/UMCU researchers to apply for proposals regarding two different categories: projects that contribute to capacity building and/or to increasing academic visibility.

The 2018/2019 call for seed money Jury has granted four projects/consortia that applied for seed money. The Jury expects that the granted projects will strengthen Sport & Society as a whole – by innovative and interdisciplinary research, collaboration between faculties and new applications for bulky research grants.

The 2018-2019 call was open until July 1st 2019 and was based on a ‘first come, first serve’ principle. Granted projects will be completed at December 31st 2019.


Granted projects

  1. Safe and sound: mobile device usage while running in traffic
  • Research line: capacity building
  • Faculties: Beta (Faculty of Science, Department of Computing and Information Sciences, Human-Centred Computing) and Faculty of Social Sciences (Experimental Psychology)
  • Main applicants: Stella Donker ( and Pawel Wozniak (
  • Aim: “The primary goal of this project is to launch a new interdisciplinary research program on interacting with devices while moving for leisure. We will conduct preliminary studies, gather initial results and build low-fidelity prototypes that will enable the preparation of a larger funding proposal.”


  1. A Global Study of Women in Football
  • Research line: capacity building
  • Faculty/partners: Law, Economics and Governance (Utrecht School of Governance, USBO), University of Minnesota, USA (Tucker Centre for Research on Girls and Women in Sport), Leeds Becket University, UK (Carnegie School of Sport).
  • Main applicant: Donna de Haan (
  • Aims: the Sport & Society seed money contributes to research activities regarding two projects that are part of an international research program which has been developed in consultation with Women in Football. This research program focusses on obstacles and facilitators of the football game for women involved at the levels of coaches, governance and leadership, officials, and players. The first project aims to uncover how elite women football coaches navigate issues including discrimination, marginalization, and injustices that limit their own career retention and progression over the course of their careers. The second project is about understanding and redefining the role of men in achieving gender equity in sport leadership in football, and aims to review the part both men and women can play and have played in bringing about gender equality in the sport governance setting. 


  1. Evaluation of a hamstring rehabilitation protocol and return to play criteria in male amateur soccer players to reduce societal consequences
  • Research line: capacity building
  • Faculties/partners: Faculty of Medicine, UMC Utrecht (Sports Medicine), UMC Groningen (Human Movement Sciences), University of Twente (MIRA-Institute for biomedical technology and technical medicine Enschede), Amsterdam UMC (Faculty of Medicine, Sports Medicine), Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB)
  • Main applicant: Stef van de Hoef (
  • Aim: the Sport & Society seed money contributes to writing a research grant, which aims to “reduce the incidence and severity of hamstring re-injuries in male amateur soccer players to reduce the societal consequences of these injuries regarding soccer players.”
  1. Outdoor play for all? A study of children’s experiences with outdoor play
  • Research line: capacity building and academic visibility
  • Faculties: Faculty of Geosciences (Human Geography and Spatial Planning)
  • Main applicants: Kirsten Visser ( and Irina van Aalst (
  • Aims: the Sport & Society seed money contributes to a research proposal (including the conduction of a pilot study) that investigates how “children move about and use public spaces in cities for outdoor play and to identify the factors that influence this play.” Instead from the perspective of parents, the study approaches children’s outdoor play from the perspective of the children themselves. The project aims to both build research capacity as well as achieving academic visibility around the topic of children’s outdoor play and specifically the added value of consulting children in this context.