At the PCC, we recognize that applying for grants is a time consuming and arduous process. Despite this, not all applications are fruitful. As the premier anti-doping research collaborative, the PCC has assessed hundreds of grant applications and noticed commonalities between rejected submissions.
The PCC would like to address these commonalities and provide some tips for researchers seeking funding. This blog marks the first in a series designed to increase application success rate.
The PCC’s first tip:
Ensure your research aligns with the PCC Mission.
The PCC develops and updates research priorities based on the expert input of our Scientific Advisory Board and stakeholders. These priorities reflect pervasive challenges in the anti-doping landscape and are a vital guide for funding decisions. It is imperative that applicants highlight how their proposed project contributes to enhanced knowledge within the context of these priorities. “If we can’t link the research a scientist is pursuing to a defined need within the anti-doping sphere, we are likely to reject that application,” says Michael Pearlmutter, PCC’s Executive Director. “The constantly evolving nature of