Social Science Research

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.

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

Program Details

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 2022 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.

The timeline for the 2023 Call for Proposals will be announced in October 2022.

2022 Grant Program Research Priorities

Our Education Committee approved 12 Social Science Research Priorities for the 2022 Grant Program, which are described in the Overview and Guidance for Applicants.

The 12 Research Priorities for 2022 include:

  1.  Athlete pathway and athlete experience
  2.  Experience of athlete support personnel in anti-doping
  3.  Non-sport influences
  4.  Sport Policy
  5.  Prevention model
  6.  Effectiveness of anti-doping
  7.  Horizon scanning (learnings from other sectors/industries that can be applied to Clean Sport)
  8.  Evolution of sport practices
  9.  Anti-doping policy impact
  10. People investment
  11. The role and influence of athlete support personnel
  12. Clean Sport behaviors

Funded Research

Since the creation of the Program in 2005, we have funded 124 projects, awarding over US$4 million.