Call for proposal – 2020 research grant

The 2020 edition of Game in Lab’s call for proposal is not taking any more applications. Many thanks to all the applicants for their interest in the program and for game research!

Download the detailed call for proposal.

Game in Lab is a program co-created by Asmodee, board games industry leader, and Innovation Factory, a French non-profit specialized in collective intelligence-based innovation. Our mission is to promote the valorization and recognition of board games as a source of societal value. We are convinced that academic research on board games and play has an essential role to play in that endeavor.

Game in Lab supports scientific production and popularisation, as well as community-based research. We animate a network of transdisciplinary scholars and game professionals and provide financial funding to research projects and PhDs.

Our 2020 call for proposal for scientific research projects on board games is accepting applications! 

The appointed research teams will receive a financial grant from Game in Lab to support their research actions. 

This year’s call for proposal is co-supported by our partner, Libellud’s enterprise foundation.

The call is open to research projects in the realm of board games. Applications will be accepted under 2 tracks:

  • Track 1: any research topic related to board games, taken broadly
  • Track 2: research topics related to Youth and Education. Libellud’s enterprise foundation grant will specifically support projects in this category

The research grants will support short-term research actions (under 12 months-duration). The allocation might be renewed once for an extended 12-month period.

This year’s endowment is 55 000€: 45 000€ allocated by Game in Lab and 10 000€ by Libellud’s enterprise foundation. Libellud’s allocation will be attributed to projects filed under track 2 (Youth and Education). Appointed projects will receive up to 15 000€ . The total number of supported projects will vary depending on individual allocations.


This call for proposal welcomes applications from international research institutions.

The application is expected to provide a persuasive illustration of the relevance of the project to board games studies or the use of applied board games in other disciplines. An annotated bibliography of the games used in the research protocol is to be provided when relevant.

At least one of the project’s leaders must be affiliated with a research institution, public or private, at the time of application and for the duration of the project. This institution will co-sign a research convention with Asmodee or Libellud, and perceive the funding.


  • The call for proposal is now closed.
  • Appointed teams’ formal acceptation: June 15, 2020
  • Convention between parties: June – September 2020
  • Start of project: September – October 2020 

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You have the right to access, rectify and delete your data upon request. Under certain conditions, you can also benefit from the right to the portability of the data that you have transmitted to us, to the limitation of the treatment or the right to oppose to the processing of your personal data.

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