Social Science Research

WADA is committed to improving evidence-based doping prevention strategies through social science research.

Understanding the fundamental differences between athletes who choose to compete clean and those who resort to doping or why some athletes decided to dope – despite being well aware of the harmful effects of doping and of anti-doping rules - will assist in ensuring that doping prevention strategies are effective and efficient.

Social Science Research Strategy

WADA launched its Social Science Research Strategy (SSR Strategy) in October 2020 after approval by its Executive Committee (ExCo) during its September 2020 meeting. The SSR Strategy sets the framework for WADA’s social science research activity for the period 2020-2024.

Social Science Research Expert Advisory Group (SSREAG)

In line with WADA’s Governance Reforms, the Social Science Review Panel was converted to an Expert Advisory Group in January 2021. The SSREAG is responsible for overseeing and advising WADA's social science research activities and the implementation of its SSR Strategy.

The current membership of the SSREAG and Terms of Reference for the Group can be viewed here.

Social Science Research Grant Program

The 2021 Call for Proposals is now open for Tier 3 applications (less than US$20,000). Applications must be received no later than 31 January 2021 (23:59 GMT). Proposals must be submitted via the Agency’s WADAGrants platform and can be done so from any interested organization. Please consult the 2021 Social Science Research Grant Program - Overview and Guidance for Applicants document for further details. 

WADA’s Social Science Research Grant Program was created to ensure that preventive anti-doping education programs were designed using an evidence-based approach. Since the creation of the Program in 2005, 106 projects have been funded awarding close to US$ 3.6 million.

WADA awards research grants to organizations of all types (e.g. universities, colleges, small businesses, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations).

For an overview of the revised Social Science Research Grant Program, please view the webinar below:

research package for anti-doping organizations

The Research Package provides a standardized method of measuring athletes' responses to important issues in anti-doping. This helps assess the effectiveness of education programs and allows for comparisons between athlete populations around the globe.


Please consult WADA's Funded Social Science Research projects since 2005.