Dr. James Hopker , a Reader in Exercise Physiology and Director of Postgraduate Research at the University of Kent, was recently awarded a PCC Micro-Grant  to develop an Athlete Passport Program for sports anti-doping.
While Dr. Hopker’s main research interest concerns responses to exercise and training, his expertise in sports science and physiology make him an ideal candidate to explore the potential for using information technology to monitor competition results on a longitudinal basis – and both detect and deter performance enhancement in sport.
The project, applied for via a PCC Micro-Grant , was approved within weeks, giving Dr. Hopker the opportunity to immediately begin work validating his pilot study, then apply for a larger PCC grant to carry on the important research.
We invited Dr. Hopker to details his experience with the Micro-Grant program , and explain the specific aims of the Athlete Performance Passport project:
What are your initial thoughts on the micro-grant program and process?
The micro-grant provides an excellent opportunity to obtain a small amount of funding in order to generate pilot or proof of concept data that can form the basis of a future full grant application. The application process was very straightforward and the turnaround time was very quick. Moreover, the fact that applications are dealt with using a responsive mode without call deadlines means that time sensitive projects can be effectively supported. Email communication from