Press releases 22nd April 2015

PCC and WADA form Anti-Doping Research Partnership

The Partnership for Clean Competition (PCC) and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) today provided a significant boost to clean sport through the announcement of a multi-year anti-doping research partnership. The partnership will involve the creation of two collaborative research funds totaling US$6 million to be administered by both organizations. US$1.5 million of the funds will be matched by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as part of the special IOC-WADA Anti-Doping Research Fund.

“This partnership will enable us to support the highest quality international anti-doping research and to implement the results of that research in WADA-accredited labs.  This is a great win for anti-doping, PCC members, and for our researchers,” said PCC Executive Director Michael Pearlmutter.

“Research remains pivotal to the anti-doping efforts practiced by our partners right across the world, and so any boost to research that helps us remain at the forefront of doping trends is widely welcomed. WADA is pleased to collaborate with the Partnership for Clean Competition so that the rights of clean athletes can be preserved and the integrity of sport upheld,” said WADA Director General, David Howman.

Since 2008, the PCC has awarded more than US$12 million in research grants to advance the anti-doping movement. The PCC is accepting applications for grants and fellowships for funding in 2015. Pre-applications are due on March 1, July 1, and November 1 with full applications due a month later for those whose pre-applications are accepted. Funding decisions are made within eight weeks and, since 2008, have ranged from US$10,000 to more than US$400,000, depending on the nature of the research and the funding needed. To learn more about PCC’s research, including how to apply for a grant, please visit

Since 2001, WADA has invested more than US$60 million in science and social science research. WADA is committed to increasing the volume of research dedicated to developing new and improved detection methods for prohibited substances and methods, along with the study for emerging doping threats, such as gene doping.

WADA issues a call for research proposals each year. Scientists from around the world submit proposals addressing the research topics prioritized by WADA’s Health, Medical and Research Committee.
In addition to the regular Research Grant Program, urgent doping research topics identified by WADA (e.g. detection of emerging doping substances) or research projects of high interest, and considered outside the regular Program application process, may receive funding as part of a Target Research or Reactive Research Program, respectively.

About the Partnership for Clean Competition

The Partnership for Clean Competition is an innovative research collaborative founded in 2008 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity by the United States Olympic Committee, United States Anti-Doping Agency, Major League Baseball and the National Football League. Every day, the PCC acts to protect the integrity of sport and public health by engaging and supporting the world’s top scientists and innovators in high-quality anti-doping research and development. The PCC also facilitates adoption of these methods into the World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited laboratories. The PCC aspires to help generate the world’s most influential, effective and coveted methods and resources for detecting and deterring the use of performance enhancing substances by all athletes in all sports at all levels. Through this work, the PCC demonstrates the value of science, collaboration and innovation related to doping control in sport and ensures the benefits of sport participation. For more information, visit

• This media release was originally published on the WADA internet site on 21 April 2015. To access the original, please click here.

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