Grants open to game changing research

Applications are now open for the 2022-23 Change Our Game Research Grants Program!

The program supports Victorian university researchers to undertake research to identify tangible solutions to emerging issues and barriers for women and girls in sport and active recreation.

It provides grants of up to $25,000 to eligible Victorian universities to support researchers advance research related to community sport and sport leadership.

The Director of the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation, Sarah Styles, said “We are committed to supporting world-leading research to advance the conversation around gender equality in sport and active recreation.”

Through the Program, proposals are sought for research across two streams, with seven key areas of interest identified:

  • Community sport and active recreation: fair access to community facilities; taking an intersectional approach; women in leadership roles in community sport; and adolescent girls’ participation in organised sport.
  • Sport leadership: women in sports media; gender equity in the sport job market; and men as allies in gender equity.

The program also aims to support the career development of early career researchers with an interest in gender equality and sport.

Since 2018-19, the Program has funded 14 research projects to address a range of issues impacting women and girls in sport and active recreation.

A number of these projects have had a meaningful impact on the sports sector, including Victoria University’s sports uniform research, which established a clear connection between flexible sports uniforms and the positive impact for girls feeling confident and comfortable to play sport.

Following that research, a number of sporting competitions and organisations at both an elite and grassroots level, including AFLW and Netball Australia, have changed uniform policies to be more inclusive and flexible for women and girls.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

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