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 (see Applying for Research Grants). Scientists from around the world submit proposals addressing the research topics prioritized by WADA's Health, Medical and Research Committee.

Since 2001, WADA has committed US $56 million dollars to research.

In addition to the regular Research Grant Program, urgent doping research topics identified by WADA (e.g. detection of emerging doping substances) or research projects of high interest in the fight against doping in sport presented outside the regular Program application process may receive funding as part of the Target Research or Reactive Research Programs, respectively.