Research Grants

Funding Agency:
World Anti-Doping Agency

Since 2001, WADA has invested more than USD 90 million in more than 600 research projects, helping researchers around the world make breakthroughs in anti-doping science. These grants are critical because they increase the volume of research dedicated to developing new and improved detection methods for performance-enhancing substances and methods, while attracting researchers with innovative ways of thinking. 

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, evaluation of doping potential 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. 

Deadlines for Expressions of Interest: Feb. 29, 2024; June 30, 2024




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

External Deadline

February 29, 2024