WADA announces research projects funded through 2023 Social Science Research Grant Program


USD 481,815 for nine projects conducting research in 14 countries 

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to publish details of the nine Social Science Research (SSR) projects that WADA’s Executive Committee (ExCo) approved in May 2023 for a total of USD 481,815 in funding through the Agency’s 2023 Social Science Research Grant Program. 

Approval of these projects followed a robust review process conducted by WADA’s Social Science Research Expert Advisory Group (SSREAG), which included a technical analysis of each project and recommendations from a peer review process. The analysis and funding recommendations were presented to the Agency’s Education Committee, which then made final recommendations to the ExCo in May. Following ExCo approval, ethics reviews were carried out and agreements have now advanced such that the Agency is able to provide further details. 

WADA’s Social Science Research Grant Program is informed by WADA’s Social Science Research Strategy for 2020-2024, which sets out a framework for supporting WADA’s 2020-2024 Strategic Plan by focusing on impactful research. The funded projects were approved in line with research priorities that WADA defined as being of interest for 2023, including:  

  • Athlete pathway and athlete experience 

  • Clean Sport behaviors 

  • The role and influence of Athlete Support Personnel 

  • Experience of Athlete Support Personnel in Clean Sport 

  • People investment in anti-doping

  • Effectiveness of anti-doping/Clean Sport

  • WADA Doping Prevention Model

  • Evolution of sport practices

  • Non-sport influences 

For further information regarding WADA’s Social Science Research Strategy, or the Agency’s Social Science Research Grants Program, please visit the Social Science Research section on WADA’s website or contact WADA’s Education Department at

Please note that WADA’s Call for Proposals for its 2024 Social Science Research Grant Program will be launched in September 2023.