Social Science Research

We are 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 - helps identify efficient doping prevention strategies.

Social Science Research Grant Program

The 2022 Call for Proposals is now open.

Applications were accepted until 22 November 2021 (23:59 GMT) for Tiers 1 & 2 Expression of Interest and can be sent until 31 January 2022 (23:59 GMT) for Tier 3. Proposals must be submitted via the WADAGrants platform. Please consult the 2022 Social Science Research Grant Program - Overview and Guidance for Applicants document for further details.

The 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, 124 projects have been funded awarding over US$4 million.

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


Social Science Research Strategy

We launched our Social Science Research Strategy in October 2020 after approval by the Executive Committee during its September 2020 meeting. The strategy sets the framework for the period 2020-2024.


Social Science Research Expert Advisory Group (SSREAG)

The SSREAG is responsible for overseeing and advising WADA's social science research activities and the implementation of its strategy.

View the current membership of the SSREAG and Terms of Reference for the Group.


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.