Partnership for Clean Competition | Research Grants


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Date 01.07.2022
Category Call for proposal
Aim:  The Partnership for Clean Competition is a nonprofit organization working 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. With an emphasis on original work that focuses on improving existing analytical methods for detecting particular drugs, developing new analytical methods to test for substances not currently detectable, and discovering cost-effective approaches for testing widely abused substances across all levels of sport, the following areas of investigation reflect the PCC’s current research priorities:
  • Developing methods of cost-effective testing to detect and deter the use of banned and illegal substances.
  • Developing testing protocols to detect designer substances used for doping purposes.
  • Improving existing analytical methods to detect particular drugs, ex. GH, IGF-1, EPO, hCG.
  • Developing analytical methods to detect performance enhancing drugs not currently detectable.
  • Longitudinal urinary excretion patterns, metabolism and dose-concentration.
  • Critical reviews to support interpretation of laboratory data.
  • Alternative specimens, (ex. oral fluid, dried blood/plasma spots) for testing.

Funding:       No funding ceiling; most grants ~$200K

Duration:      No duration specified; most projects 1-3 year

Eligibility: Investigators worldwide contributing to the detection or deterrence of performance-enhancing drugs are eligible for PCC Grants.

How to Apply: The two-step application process begins with the submission of a pre-application, which should highlight the aims, hypotheses, and methodology of the research to be carried out. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application, with a more detailed research plan and budget. Pre-Applications are due March 1st, July 1st, and November 1st of each year. Applicants invited to submit full applications must do so by April 1st, August 1st, or December 1st, depending on the cycle (30 days after the pre-application due date). Most applications take a total of four months from the submission of the pre-application to the final Board approval.

Deadline:      01 March 2022
                        01 July 2022
                        01 November 2022

Further information
  • More information about the program is available here
  • An application guide is provided here
  • The pre-application portal can be found here
  • For any other questions, please contact the Research Office

Practical information

  • General public
  • Free



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