World Anti-Doping Agency Grant Program

Status: Open to applications

Application Deadline: 05 October 2018


Description

Scientific research grants are available to develop and improve detection methods for prohibited substances and methods as well as Social Science research grants which will enable more efficient doping prevention strategies within the field of sports.

Value Notes

There is no set minimum or maximum size of grant, rather grants are assessed and determined on an application by application basis. However, in total, WADA has committed US $56 million to research since 2001.
 
For guidance, the average budget of previously funded social science projects is:
 
One year projects: $20,000.
Two year projects: $30,000.
Three year projects: $65,000.

Extended Desciption

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) promotes, co-ordinates and monitors the fight against doping in sport in all its forms on an international level. Its key activities include scientific research, education, development of anti-doping capacities, and monitoring of the World Anti Doping Code.
 
WADA encourages and funds scientific research projects related to anti-doping, as well as research in the social sciences which will enable more efficient doping prevention strategies.

Latest Informaiton 

Application deadlines vary between Calls.


Key Criteria

Eligible applicants can include organisations of all types (universities, businesses, not for profit organisations etc.).


Eligible Expenditure

Applicants may request funds for direct costs only, reflecting the actual needs of the proposed project.
 
Proposals must fit within the relevant annual research categories/topics.
 
Scientific Research Grants
 
For 2018, submitted research projects should be classified as follows:
A. Detection of doping substances/methods: methodologies in analytical chemistry, and in particular research addressing:
  • The detection of doping substances and methods using liquid or gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, or new methods in analytical chemistry.
B. Detection of doping substances/methods: affinity-binding and biochemical methodologies, and in particular research addressing:
  • The detection of doping substances and methods using antibodies, other affinity-binding reagents or other biochemical methods.
  • Multiplexing of validated affinity-based assays and other biochemical approaches.
C. Pharmacological studies on doping substances/methods, and in particular research addressing:
  • Establishment and/or refinement of threshold values for prohibited substances showing doping effect above a certain dose or depending on route of administration.
  • Pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics/metabolism of prohibited substances and methods including impact of gender, ethnic, and environmental factors affecting excretion, detection or action.
  • Doping potential and strategies for detection of drug interactions (cocktail formulations) or micro-dosing.
  • Long-term metabolites or markers of doping substances.
D. The Athlete’s Biological Passport, and in particular research addressing:
  • Discovery and validation of new discriminant markers for the haematological and steroid modules of the ABP.
  • Evaluation of confounding factors.
  • Expansion of the ABP approach to other target analytes (e.g. peptide hormones as part of the endocrine module)
E. Detection of doping substances/methods: molecular biology, “Omics” and miscellaneous methodologies, and in particular research addressing:
  • The detection of gene doping and gene manipulation with a focus on “in vivo” validation.
  • Validation of molecular and metabolic signatures ‘in vivo” to detect use of prohibited substances and methods.
  • Detection of stem cell doping in muscle(s), connective tissues or other tissues and organs relevant in sport.
Social Science Research Grants
 
For 2018, research projects should address the following topics:
  • Detection of doping substances/methods: methodologies in analytical chemistry.
  • Detection of doping substances/methods: affinity-binding and biochemical methodologies.
  • Pharmacological studies on doping substances/methods.
  • The Athlete’s Biological Passport.
  • Detection of doping substances/methods: molecular biology, “Omics” and miscellaneous methodologies.

Restrictions

Projects already receiving funds from any other research grant program may not submit expenses already submitted under such other programs.
 
Unsuccessful grant applications may be revised and resubmitted up to two years in a row, provided that it still fits within the research priorities identified in the relevant subsequent calls for proposals.

Application Procedure

Separate Calls are made each year for scientific research grants, and social science research. Organisations will first need to register to be able to access the relevant online system.
 
Science Grants
 
Applications are made through the electronic system WADAGrants
 
Further information is available from WADA's Science Department at science@wada-ama.org
 
Social Science Research Grants
 
Applications should be submitted through the online application platform WADAGrants
 
Further information is available from WADA’s Education Department at ssr@wada-ama.org

Addresses and Contacts

Application forms may be available on their website.
 
Contact details:
European Office - Lausanne
World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 
MSI Maison du Sport International 
Avenue de Rhodanie 54 
1007 Lausanne 
Switzerland
 
Telephone:            0041 21 343 43 40
 
Email:                    info@wada-ama.org
 
Contact details:
WADA Education Department
World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 
Stock Exchange Tower 
800 Place Victoria (Suite 1700) 
P.O. Box 120 
Montreal (Quebec) H4Z 1B7 
Canada
 
Telephone:            001 514 904 9232
 
Email:                    ssr@wada-ama.org
 
Contact details:
WADA Science Department
World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 
Stock Exchange Tower 
800 Place Victoria (Suite 1700) 
P.O. Box 120 
Montreal (Quebec) H4Z 1B7 
Canada
 
Telephone:            001 514 904 9232
 
Email:                    science@wada-ama.org