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WADA Scientific Research Grants

Funding available to support research projects in the fight against doping in sport.

On an annual basis, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) promotes and funds Scientific Research Grant Projects regarding development, or optimization, of analytical tools for the detection and/or quantification of doping substances or methods, consolidation of the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP); as well as, the pharmacology of prohibited substances and of drug associations. With this objective, WADA gives high priority to projects with direct and imminent applicability (including human studies if applicable) in the fight against doping in sport; and therefore, rarely funds basic research projects.

For 2020, the HMRC Committee has identified relevant areas of research in the field of antidoping; in particular, those related to the 2020 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods.

Proposals will be classified as follows:

  • Detection of doping substances/methods: methodologies in analytical chemistry.
  • Detection of doping substances/methods: affinity-binding and biochemical methodologies.
  • Pharmacological studies of doping substances/methods.
  • The Athlete Biological Passport.
  • Detection of doping substances/methods: molecular biology, “omics” and miscellaneous methodologies.

There is no set minimum or maximum size of grant, rather grants are assessed and determined on an application by application basis.

Scientists interested in submitting research projects are invited to submit an application by 1 March 2020.

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