14 May 2019
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WADA launches Call for Proposals for 2020 Social Science Research Grant Program

Today, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) launches a Call for Proposals for its 2020 Social Science Research Program; for which, proposals must be received, via the Agency’s WADAGrants platform, no later than 14 July 2019 (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.

There are two categories to the Call, an open call and one that specifically ‘measures the effectiveness of existing anti-doping strategies and interventions for athletes and for athlete support personnel’. 

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 2019.
For further information regarding the 2020 Program, including the application process and guidance on topics for research, please refer to the
Application Guidelines and FAQ section of the WADAGrants platform.