Since 2001, WADA has committed US $83 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 15 December 2020, WADA issued its Call for Proposals for 2021 Scientific Research Grants.

Scientists interested in submitting their research projects are invited to consult the 2021 Scientific Research Topics as well as the application procedure that can be found on the WADAGrants online platform.

The application deadline for the 2021 Scientific Research Grants was 1 March 2021 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 15 de diciembre de 2020, la AMA publicó su Convocatoria de propuestas para las Subvenciones a la Investigación Científica 2021.

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 WADA Grants.

El plazo para la solicitud de Becas de Investigación Científica venció el 1ero. de marzo 2021 a las 24:00 GMT.

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


In addition to the annual call for proposals for scientific research grants, WADA, along with several stakeholders announced two special Requests for Applications (RFA) for research projects.

On 17 June 2020, WADA and the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) issued a call for proposals for research projects that aim to develop biomarkers of doping. The research team must contain at least one member based in Quebec. Applications were to be submitted on the WADAGrants platform before 5 October 2020 (24:00 GMT). For further information, please contact WADA’s Science Department at

On 30 June 2020, WADA – along with several stakeholders including the China Anti-Doping Agency (CHINADA), the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Testing Agency (ITA) and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) – announced an RFA on the development of dried blood spot (DBS) testing. Scientists interested in submitting their research projects were invited to consult the relevant areas of research and submit their application on the WADAGrants platform. The deadline for proposal submission was 31 August 2020 (24:00 GMT). For further information, please contact WADA’s DBS Project Manager, Léonie Egli 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.