Research Grants

Funding Agency:
World Anti-Doping Agency

Since 2001, WADA has committed US $80 million dollars to research.WADA is committed to increasing the volume of research dedicated to developing new and improved detection methods for prohibited substances and methods. WADA is also responsible for studying emerging doping threats, such as gene doping.

To this end, WADA issues a call for research proposals each year. Scientists from around the world submit proposals addressing the research topics prioritized by WADA's Health, Medical and Research Committee.

On a yearly basis, WADA promotes and funds Scientific Research Projects on development or optimization of analytical tools for the detection of doping substances or methods, growth of the Athlete Biological Passport, the pharmacology of prohibited substances and of drug combinations, and anti-doping testing programs. 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. More specifically, applicants are encouraged to propose translational research beyond the discovery stage, and the proposed projects should aim to attain concrete deliverables by the end of the funding period. 

Deadline: March 22, 2023




Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science

External Deadline

March 22, 2023