Since 2001, WADA has committed US $73 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.


On 14 December 2018, WADA issued its Call for Proposals for 2019 Scientific Research Grants.

Scientists interested in submitting their research projects are invited to consult the 2019 Scientific Research Topics as well as the application procedure that can be found on the online platform, WADAGrants.

To apply, please create an account on WADAGrants and submit your application by 15 February 2019 at 24:00 GMT.

For further information, please contact WADA’s Science & Medical Department at

Convocatoria de propuestas para las Subvenciones a la Investigación Científica

El 14 diciembre 2018, la AMA publicó su Convocatoria de propuestas para las Subvenciones a la Investigación Científica 2019.

Se invita a los científicos interesados en presentar sus proyectos de investigación a consultar los Temas de investigación científica y el procedimiento de solicitud, que se encuentran en la plataforma electrónica WADAGrants.

Para presentar un proyecto, crée una cuenta en WADAGrants y envíe su solicitud hasta el 15 de febrero de 2019 (24:00 GMT).

Para toda información suplementaria, comuníquense con el Departamento de Ciencias y Medicina de la AMA a la dirección siguiente:

Research projects in the field of Artificial Intelligence 

On 24 May 2018, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) announced a special request for applications for targeted research projects on the application and impact of artificial intelligence in the area of anti-doping.

The deadline for proposal submission is 5 October 2018.

More information can be found in the request for applications document.

To submit applications, the research team must contain at least one member based in Quebec. Individuals will be asked to create an account on the WADAGrants platform.

For further information, please contact WADA’s Science Department at

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.