Pilot Project – Building investigative capacity to better fight doping in sport in Europe


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

EU Preparatory Actions

Programme Description

The main objective of Preparatory Actions is to prepare future EU actions in various priority policy fields.

Programme Details

Identifier Code



Pilot Project – Building investigative capacity to better fight doping in sport in Europe


This Call covers the topic of Building capacity to better fight doping in sport in Europe. The goals of the project are to:

  • develop a set of complementary measures and activities that would address the issues related with the Call and have concrete benefits for the maximum number of European Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs) and, more generally, the anti-doping system.
  • allow ADOs to partner with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to conduct investigations, protect whistle-blowers and cooperate on joint investigations with law enforcement agencies and the global network of investigators.
  • build capacity in the European anti-doping system, it is necessary to reduce the prevalence of doping in sport, maximising the health benefits generated by the practice of clean sport by European youths.

Detailed Call Description

The project will contribute in many ways to the objectives of the EU, including the:

  • Protection of public health-focusing on the affected elite athletes and sport but also, focusing on the society as a whole, especially youth. Research can attest a growth in the use of steroids and other prohibited substances by amateur athletes and youth to look and perform better.
  • Provision of new tools to combat the organised crime- focusing on the selling of doping substances. Research demonstrate the involvement of organised crime in the manufacturing and trafficking of doping substance in sports along other illicit substances. Sharing of information between ADOs and law enforcement ADOs will help optimising the fight against manufacturing and trafficking in doping substances.
  • Improvement of sports governance in and outside Europe – this project will contribute to strengthening the governance of sports organisations and to share EU values with other partners through the involvement of non-EU countries in the implementation of the project.

Furthermore, the project will be built on the following four pillars:

1. Assistance to develop a robust legislative framework that allows for the sharing of information between ADOs, law enforcement agencies and WADA and for the protection of whistle-blowers.

2. Assistance to develop the best mechanism for sharing information on legislation and best practices on investigations, and on protecting whistle-blowers.

3. Assistance to build the investigative capacity of ADOs by providing training sessions to employees or hiring experts.

4. Assistance to allow ADOs to contribute to global networks of investigators. It is expected that only one project will be selected for funding. Consortium composition: Only applications by single applicants are allowed.

Call Total Budget

€1,430,000 This budget might be increased by maximum 20%.

Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan


Thematic Categories

  • Sports

Eligibility for Participation

  • Central Government
  • International Organisations
  • Local Authorities
  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Private Bodies
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


EU Contact Point

European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA): https://www.eacea.ec.europa.eu/index_fr

Non-IT related questions should be sent to the following email address: eaceasport@ec.europa.eu