Grants Program

Investigators worldwide contributing to the detection or deterrence of performance-enhancing drugs are eligible for PCC Grants.

Grant Cycle Deadlines:
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).

With an emphasis 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 PCC’s 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 interpretation of laboratory data.
  • Alternative specimens, (ex. oral fluid, dried blood/plasma spots) for testing.

There are no maximum or minimal amounts for grant applications, though the average funding amount is roughly $200,000. To date, more than 250 projects have been funded in more than 23 countries world-wide. Approximately 30% of applicants are awarded PCC funding.

PCC grant applications are subject to a thorough, expert-led peer review process. Funding recommendations are made by the PCC’s 13 member Scientific Advisory Board based on a submission’s impact on anti-doping, overall quality of the application, proposed budget, and likelihood of success. Final funding decisions are made by the Board of Governors.

For additional insight into PCC funding success, please visit the following resources, or reach out to Ryan Murphy via

Blog: PCC Grant Application Tips Series: Part 1
Blog: PCC Grant Application Tip Series: Part 2