The IOC, as the leader of the Olympic movement and the sport sector at large, is committed to the protection of clean athletes for the sake of the future of sport and for the protection of athletes’ health.
To this end, the IOC has committed USD 10 million to fund research pertaining to anti-doping for the protection of athletes. The strategy for distribution of this fund is to complement, but not duplicate, existing anti-doping research programmes. Anti-doping organisations agree that alternative strategies are needed so the priority is innovative and novel research in all areas of anti-doping, which have the potential to lead to a significant change in the way anti-doping programmes are carried out and will have a direct impact on the daily life of the clean athlete.
The IOC is calling on researchers to apply now for support and funding of athlete-centred projects, involving both science and social research. Applications will be open from 6 January until 15 March 2015.
Particular priority will be given to research that could lead to an enhancement of the life of clean athletes, that focuses on prevention strategies, that evaluates the effectiveness of current anti-doping programmes or that develops alternative approaches to anti-doping, such as the use of information technology, intelligence and new media. Multi-centre and collaborative projects are encouraged, as well as proposals from scientists who have never before been involved in anti-doping research.
Grants will not normally be given to fund work of commercial companies or where the research should be the responsibility of other bodies. Areas that are not a priority for the IOC independent research fund are the assessment of ergogenic agents, gene doping, or laboratory-based research to improve the sensitivity of current analytical techniques. These areas are typically supported by WADA research grants.
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