Social Science Research

WADA is committed to improving evidence-based doping prevention strategies through our Social Science Research Grant Program.

Understanding the fundamental differences between athletes who choose to compete clean and those who resort to doping – despite being well aware of the harmful effects of doping and of anti-doping rules - helps ensure that doping prevention strategies are effective and efficient.

SSR Grant Program Details

The Call for Proposals for the 2024 Grant Program is now open

The 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, 145 projects have been funded awarding over US$ 5 million.

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

The Program has three distinct tiers of investment available for applicants. Each tier is defined by the scale and scope of the research projects, as explained in the 2024 Social Science Research Grant Program - Overview and Guidance for Applicants. The tiered system allows for more tailored application requirements for projects rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.

Deadline for all applications: 20 November 2023, 12:00 noon GMT

Funded Research

Since the creation of the Program in 2005, we have funded 145 projects, awarding over US$ 5 million.