Today, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) launches a Call for Proposals for its 2018 Social Science Research Program; for which, proposals must be received, via the Agency’s WADAGrants platform, no later than 16 July 2018 (23:59 GMT). Proposals can be submitted from universities, colleges, small businesses, for-profit and not-profit organizations.
‘Increasing and enhancing research-led anti-doping education’ is one of WADA’s strategic priorities. Accordingly, WADA’s Education Committee is tasked with identifying relevant areas of social science research in the field of anti-doping to inform more effective doping prevention strategies. WADA-supported research requires that anti-doping education programs and initiatives are grounded in scientific knowledge and evidence. Proposals are invited for research that specifically ‘measures the effectiveness of existing anti-doping strategies and interventions’.
It should be noted that, proposals that demonstrate partnerships and collaboration between research institutions and anti-doping organizations will be looked upon favorably during the decision-making process. Similarly, interdisciplinary proposals drawing from multiple social science fields (e.g., sociology, psychology, law, economics, and management science) are encouraged.
All proposals responding to the terms and conditions of this Call will be evaluated by external peer-reviewers, whose recommendations will be reviewed by WADA’s Social Science Research Project Review Panel and the Education Committee for recommendation to the Agency’s Executive Committee. Applicants will be notified of the results at the end of 2018.
For further information regarding the 2018 Program, including the application process, please refer to the Social Science Research section of WADA’s website and the welcome page and FAQ section of the WADAGrants platform.