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From the archive: Anti-doping funder is open to outsiders

The Partnership for Clean Competition works with applicants to help them submit their best bids

With the Winter Olympics in Beijing, China, just around the corner, now is perhaps a good time to revisit a funder now approaching its 14th year at the forefront of the fight against doping in sport. The Partnership for Clean Competition runs three rounds of its Research Grants every year for projects that look to contribute to the battle against doping from any disciplinary viewpoint. There is no fixed limit in either duration or funding amount for projects but the partnership recently raised its assessment of the average grant to $225,000 (€202,000). The next deadline for outline applications is 1 March. 

Anti-doping may sound like a highly specialised area of research, but it is in fact reliant on bringing innovations in from other fields. For this reason, as David Kumbroch, the funder’s director of communications, explained in this article published last year, the partnership actively seeks first-time applicants. However, such researchers should seek advice or possibly partner with experienced anti-doping scientists before writing their bid.

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