The broad range of anti-doping research activities previously undertaken by USADA have been assumed by the Partnership for Clean Competition (“PCC”). USADA is likely to exercise significant influence over the research decisions of PCC, both through USADA’s participation on PCC’s Governing Board and on PCC’s Scientific Advisory Board. We expect that the anti-doping research objectives of PCC and USADA will end up being significantly aligned. PCC’s annual research budget will exceed $2.3 million. Subsequent to the formation of PCC, USADA’s annual research budget has been reduced to $500,000.
As a general rule, research ideas coming to or initiated by USADA will be presented to PCC for funding first. Projects that are not funded by PCC (or WADA) can still be funded by USADA out of its research budget, depending on the priority of the project to its program. As exceptions to this general rule, USADA will consider funding research projects directly out of our budget in the following situations: