Since 2001, WADA has committed US $69 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.

  • 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.


WADA has issued its call for proposals for the 2017 Scientific Research Grants.The deadline to submit applications is February 15 (24:00 h GMT).

Scientists interested in submitting their research projects are invited to consult the 2017 Scientific Research Topics and application procedure that can be found on the online application platform, WADAGrants.

To submit applications, interested individuals must create an account on WADAGrants. For further information, please contact WADA’s Science Department.

Subvenciones de investigación científica 2017

En 2017, la fecha límite de recepción de los proyectos de investigación es el 15 de febrero (24:00 h GMT).

Los científicos interesados en presentar proyectos de investigación pueden consultar las Temas de investigación 2017 que se encuentra en la plataforma WADAGrants.

Para toda información suplementaria, por favor comuníquese con el Departamento de Ciencias de la AMA.

Research projects in the field of hematology 2017

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to announce a Special Request for Applications for Targeted Research projects aimed at identifying blood-based markers able to differentiate the effects of hypoxia (i.e. altitude) from the use of erythropoiesis stimulating agents (ESA).

The deadline for proposal submission is 1 March 2017.

More information can be found in the Request for Applications document.

To submit applications individuals will be asked to create an account on WADAGrants.  For further information, please contact WADA’s Science Department.

Funded Research Projects

Since 2001, WADA has funded projects in the following areas:

  • Compounds/Methods Enhancing Growth
  • Compounds/Methods Enhancing Oxygen Delivery
  • Exogenous and Endogenous Anabolic Steroids
  • Detection of prohibited substances/methods: classic methodologies e.g. chromatographic, immunological and biochemical
  • Gene and Cellular Technologies applied to Sports
  • Identification and detection of substances with doping potential
  • Pharmacology of prohibited substances

View the complete list of funded research projects that WADA has supported since 2001.

Review Process

Applications are reviewed by a panel of three to four independent external experts who submit their evaluations and recommendations to WADA's Health, Medical and Research Committee.

In September, the Health, Medical and Research Committee reviews the grant applications and experts' evaluations and selects the projects to be funded based on scientific quality and relevance to WADA's goals.

Before final approval, grant applications undergo an independent ethical review.