Research and grant-making are the foundation of the PCC and are the focus of everyday business activity. PCC-supported research contributes to a movement in addressing doping’s root causes and ultimately decreasing the use of performance-enhancing drugs by all participants in all sports at all levels of play. 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. – Social science projects aimed specifically at an elite athlete population in Olympic, Paralympic, Pan-American, and professional sports are of interest to the PCC, including:
- Development of effective quantitative and qualitative measures of deterrence
- Impact of technology and innovation to improve effectiveness of anti-doping programs (e.g. GPS whereabouts, unwitnessed sample collection)
- The use of supplements and their impact on doping behavior
- Relationship of the banned substance/prohibited list on perceived fairness in and effectiveness of the anti-doping system o Relative influence of risk factors in doping behavior
Who can apply?
The Grants Program is open to scientists and researchers worldwide and proposals are accepted three times per year (Pre-Applications: March 1, July 1, and November 1; Applications: April 1, August 1, and December 1), with each round of proposals reviewed by expert reviewers and funding recommendations made by a panel of established and highly respected scientists.
Individual grant awards have ranged from US$10,000 to US$1,000,000+ with a turnaround time on awards averaging less than four months. In order to maintain this rapid turnaround time for funding, the PCC has developed a Project Proposal Application Form which must be accurately completed to ensure that projects can be professionally reviewed. The following instructions describe how to complete the application form.
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Application: In order to submit an application for a grant or fellowship, a pre-application is required. The purpose of the pre-application is to communicate to the PCC the basics of the project, including the type of application, cost and duration of the project, research objective, project summary, abstract, and contribution to the PCC mission and priorities.
Deadlines (every year): Pre-Applications: March 1, July 1, and November 1; Applications: April 1, August 1, and December 1
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