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PCC Research Grants

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Researchers
to Prevent Performance-Enhancing Drug Use in Sports

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Partnership for Clean Competition (PCC)

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Grants starting at $10,000 to USA, Canada, and International individuals for research to address the root causes of the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Pre-applications are due prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to support research that contributes to 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.

Emphasis is placed 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 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 the interpretation of laboratory data.
- Alternative specimens, (ex. oral fluid, dried blood/plasma spots) for testing.

Three types of projects can be submitted:

- A Pilot Project is a one-year project intended to acquire the preliminary data necessary to successfully apply for a PCC original application. In general, Pilot Projects are limited to $125,000 total.
- An Original Proposal is a novel project not previously submitted to the PCC.
- A Re-submission is a project which has been previously submitted to the PCC and which was not recommended for funding. Re-submissions must complete the Resubmission section of the proposal form.

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GrantWatch ID#: 172154

Estimated Size of Grant:

Individual grant awards have ranged from US$10,000 to US$400,000+.

In general, Pilot Projects are limited to $125,000 total.

Term of Contract:

Pilot Projects are for one year.

The expectation is that the Principal Investigator will submit a full project proposal to PCC within 18 months of the pilot project award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Grants Program is open to scientists and researchers worldwide.

Pre-Application Information:

In order to submit an application for a grant or fellowship, a pre-application is required.

Proposals are accepted three times per year:
-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).

Turnaround time on awards averages less than four months.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register and apply:

Jenna Celmer, Director of Communications

Any questions about the application process can be e-mailed to PCC Executive Director, Michael Pearlmutter, at Questions of a scientific nature should be addressed to Scientific Advisory Board Chairperson, Larry Bowers, at

Partnership for Clean Competition
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Colorado Springs, CO 80909

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