Granted Seed Money 2016

Six Seed Money Applications Granted

The 2016 Call for Seed Money Jury, which consists of members of the Sport & Society Executive Team, has granted six 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 2016 Sport & Society Seed Money Call had an emphasis on two themes: 1) Sport and inclusion: the meaning of sport for refugees and 2) Sport and security: integrity in sport organisations (II). Next to this there was an open competition call for innovative ideas with regards to research and education (III-VI).

The granted projects will be completed at October 31, 2017. 


I a. Sports dialogues: exploring the role of sports activities and sports facilities for refugee youth at a reception centre

  • Research line: Sport & Inclusive Society
  • Faculties: Fac. of Law, Economics and Governance, Dep. of School of Governance; Fac. of Geosciences, Dep. of Human Geography and Planning, Healthy Urban Living.
  • Main applicant: Maikel Waardenburg MA,
  • Aims: The aim of this project is to explore the meaning of sports activities and sports facilities for refugee youth for 1) their feeling at home at the reception centre, their feelings of belonging within the host country and 2) as a topic for discussing societal issues by actively using dialogues between refugee youth and (Dutch) students about the meaning of sports for social inclusion.


I b. Ice skating exergame played by refugees and Dutch children in school classes

  • Research line: Sport & Inclusive Society
  • Faculties: Fac. of Humanities, Dep. of Media and Performance Studies, Center for the Study of Digital Games and Play. Fac. of Law, Economics and Governance, Dep. of  School of Governance, Research program Managing Social Issues  (Sport Matters and Diversity Matters). Fac. of Geosciences, Research program Healthy Urban Living.
  • Main applicant: dr. Teresa de la Hera,
  • Aims: The purpose of this project is to explore how exergames (digital games combining exercise with game play) and the playful interactions fostered during play can contribute to establish, reinforce or change the nature of social interactions among refugees and Dutch children in school classes. Exergame play enables multiple players to compete or cooperate on a team, thereby providing both a virtual and a real social interaction. Because exergame play allows youth to take their eyes off their peers and direct their attention toward a screen, game play may reduce body self-consciousness during physical activity.

Project I a and I b are part of an overarching research into the inclusion of refugees in Dutch Society and how interventions matter. Both projects will be linked by a project manager, who organizes a closing mini symposium which presents and links the empirical studies.


II. Negotiating integrity: A comparative study of the public discussion and internal management of referee incidents in professional and amateur football in the Netherlands

  • Research line: Research into Security; theme: Integrity in sports organisations and sports bodies
  • Faculties: Fac. of Humanities, Dep. Media and Culture Studies, Dep. of Philosophy & Religious Studies; Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance, Dep. of School of Governance.
  • Main applicant: prof. Eggo Müller,
  • Aims: Starting from the supposition that 'integrity' is constructed through cultural practices in particular institutional contexts, the aim of the project is to gain a better understanding of the unique attributes of integrity within sports and sports organisations, thereby enabling better tailored and more effective recommendations for practice. The main research question is: how does the discursive construction of integrity take place within the context of football in the Netherlands?


III. Physical activities and sports for preschoolers in the Netherlands (PAP-NL): a cohort design

  • Research line: Sport & Healthy Society
  • Faculties: Fac. of Social Sciences, Dep. of Education; Fac. of Geosciences, Dep. of Human Geography and Planning; Fac. of Law, Economics and Governance, Dep.  of School of Governance; Fac. of Humanities, Dep. of Languages,  Literature and Communication; and Fac. of Medicine, Dep. Of Rehabilitation, Nursing Science and Sports;
  • Other involvements: ChildKnowledgeCenter Utrecht; Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital, Dep. of Child Development and Exercise Center; and Fac. of Society & Law at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht.
  • Main applicant: prof. dr. Kristine de Martelaer,
  • Aims: The main aim of this application is: to provide a multidisciplinary basis for a future cohort study focusing on effects of preschool physical activities and sports on children’s health, personal experiences, individual and social development. Within this main aim, sub-goals are: (1) to provide a baseline for a cohort study (by describing a group of pre-schoolers, their present physical activities and providers’ main goals and approach); (2) to explore adequate instruments and possible outcomes retrospectively in a pilot study; (3) to explore the existence of relevant longitudinal databases; (4) to find further collaboration with multiple disciplines; (5) to cooperate on grant(s) that enable the execution of a future cohort study.


IV. Combining GPS and accelerometers to assess where pre-schoolers are (in)active

  • Research line: Sport & Healthy Society, other Utrecht University Strategic Themes of Sustainability (Healthy Urban Living) and Dynamics of Youth.
  • Faculties: Fac. of Geoscience, Dep. of Human Geography and Spatial Planning (health geography); Faculty of Medicine, Julius Center (public health); Fac. of Social Sciences, Dep. of Child, Family & Education (pedagogy); Fac. of Medicine, Dep. of Rehabilitation, Nursing Science and Sports (sports medicine).
  • Main applicant: dr. Carlijn Kamphuis,
  • Aims: The overall aims of this research are twofold. Firstly, we want to assess the feasibility and validity of simultaneously obtaining location data (by means of GPS) and activity data (by means of accelerometers) among preschool children from low and high socioeconomic backgrounds in real-life settings. Secondly, we want to gain insights in important locations for preschool children’s sport and physical activities.


V. Learning is Moving: towards an Education of Attention

  • Research line: Sport & Inclusive Society
  • Faculties: Fac. of Law, Economics and Governance, Dep. of School of Governance; Faculty  of Social and Behaviourial Sciences, Dep. of Education.
  • Main applicant: dr. Jeroen Vermeulen,
  • Aims: The research has three aims. First, to develop a conceptual framework for teaching in higher education based on active movement and centered around the related idea of the ‘education of attention’. Second, to involve multiple stakeholders both within and outside higher education (esp. university) in developing such a framework. Third, to elaborate the framework into project proposals for the Utrecht Stimuleringsfonds Onderwijs (USO) and for the UU Strategic Theme Dynamics of Youth, notably the subtheme ‘Finding Your Way in a Dynamic World’.


VI. How active is the Dutch youth with chronic disease/disability and how accessible is our society to promote physical activity in youth with chronic disability/disease?

  • Research line: Sport & Healthy Society
  • Faculties: Medicine: Child Health & Development Center; Rehabilitation, Nursing Science and Sport; The Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, Geosciences, Utrecht University of Applied Science: Chair in Lifestyle & Health.
  • Main applicant: dr. Tim Takken,
  • Aims: The aim of this project is to describe the level of physical activity in children and youth with chronic and/or mental disease/disability (~aged 4-18  years) in the Netherlands and to determine the relationship with national policy and environmental factors using existing population data from the last 5 years (2011-2015). This report card will be called the NL-Report Card.