|（1.School of Graduates，Jilin Sport University，Changchun 300387，China；
2.Beijing Sport University，Beijing 100084，China)
Abstract: In terms of number of funded items, funded amount, type of project, type of research, region, unit, project host distribution, author did a statistical analysis on 169 sports projects funded by Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) between 1986 and 2011, and revealed the following findings: in sports projects funded by NSFC, the number of funded items, funded amount and funding intensity developed from steady increasing to rapid increasing, while the type of funded project developed from undiversified to diversified; the geographical and organizational distributions of research strength were very uneven, and funded areas were mostly medicine and life science areas. In the end, the author put forward relevant suggestions for rationalization in terms of increasing national natural science funds for sports, increasing funds for key projects and international cooperation projects, promoting bal-anced disciplinary development etc.
Key words: sports statistics；NSFC；sports science；funded project funding pattern；China