Social Science Research

WADA is committed to improving evidence-based doping prevention strategies through social science research.

Understanding the fundamental differences between athletes who choose to compete clean and those who resort to doping or why some athletes decided to dope – despite being well aware of the harmful effects of doping and of anti-doping rules - will assist in ensuring that doping prevention strategies are effective and efficient.

Social Science Research Grant Program

WADA’s Social Science Research Grant Program was created to ensure that preventive anti-doping education programs were designed using an evidence-based approach. Since the creation of the Program in 2005, 93 projects have been funded awarding close to US$ 3.5 million.

WADA awards research grants to organizations of all types (e.g. universities, colleges, small businesses, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations).

Please refer to the Application Guidelines and Call for Proposals for detailed information on the Social Science Research Grant.


Please consult WADA's Funded Social Science Research projects since 2005.

Target Research Program

In addition to WADA’s regular Social Science Research Grant Program and with the goal of further ensuring effective doping prevention strategies, WADA’s Education Committee identifies specific areas requiring additional evidence in the way of social science research.

For more information, please contact WADA’s Education Department.