April 22, 2003
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WADA Invites Applications for Research Projects

Montreal, April 22, 2003 – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has announced that it is now accepting applications for research projects in the field of anti-doping for 2003. All researchers interested in applying for a grant from WADA can find the application form and accompanying information on WADA’s website at www.wada-ama.org.

WADA has defined five topics as relevant areas of research in anti-doping and encourages research projects focusing on the following priorities: compounds and/or methods enhancing oxygen delivery; exogenous and endogenous anabolic steroids; compounds and/or methods enhancing growth; gene and cellular technologies applied to doping; and miscellaneous projects relating to the List of Prohibited Substances.

More than US $5 million was committed by WADA’s Foundation Board last year to be spent on research in 2003. Those funds represent approximately one quarter of WADA’s overall budget. That expenditure is dependent on governments and the International Olympic Committee fulfilling their financial commitments to WADA this year, said Richard W. Pound, the Agency’s president.

“There is no question of the importance of research to WADA’s core mission,” Pound said. “We have to pursue worthwhile research projects and further our understanding of how doping affects athletes and how we can better detect compounds. All this is contingent on us having the necessary funds, which means our stakeholders have to do their part and quickly pay their share of WADA’s budget for 2003.”

All research projects submitted for consideration will be peer-reviewed by external panels and WADA’s Health, Medical and Research Committee will make a final proposal to the Agency’s Executive Committee as to which applications should be funded. A final decision on all applications will be announced by December 2003.

Point of Contact for the media:
Farnaz Khadem, Director, Communications
Tel: 1-514-904-9232
Email: farnaz.khadem@wada-ama.org