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Partnership for Clean Competition Seeks Advisory Board Members

Oct. 22, 2008, 2:01 p.m. (ET)


Summary of Partnership for Clean Competition

The Partnership for Clean Competition (PCC) will combine the resources and expertise of many of America's leading sports entities to underwrite scientific anti-doping research. The PCC is 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization with the mission to "ensure integrity in sport by supporting anti-doping research, thereby ensuring the benefits of sports across all levels of participation." 

The focus of the PCC will be to make grants in support of scientific research to be conducted at universities and other world-class research institutions. The grant process will require a grant application, which will be reviewed by a Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) and additional experts on an ad hoc basis.  The PCC is currently seeking interested scientists to serve on the SAB and as ad hoc expert reviewers.

Founding organizations of the PCC include the US Olympic Committee, National Football League, Major League Baseball, and the US Anti-Doping Agency. Additional supporting members are: the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Hockey League (NHL) and PGA Tour.

Scientific Advisory Board (SAB)

The Scientific Advisory Board, consisting of internationally-recognized experts, will review grant requests, make funding recommendations to the Board of Governors and provide oversight regarding the results of the research projects. Potential research areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Identification and detection of designer substances
  • The further development of a widely-available, cost-effective tests to detect Human Growth Hormone (HGH)
  • New methods to more cost-effectively detect and deter the use of banned and illegal substances at every level of sport

A Scientific Advisory Board Chairperson will be chosen from among the selected SAB members.

Duties and responsibilities of SAB members

Scientists will be expected to work in conjunction with PCC staff to:

  • Promote PCC to relevant professional organizations and researchers
  • Review and evaluate grant applications
  • Recommend grant funding
  • Participate in ongoing monitoring and evaluation

Duties and responsibilities of Ad Hoc Expert Reviewers

The PCC is also seeking a pool of ad hoc reviewers to evaluate the merits of grants related to their area of expertise. Ad hoc reviewers will be expected to evaluate grant applications in a timely manner and as needed. 

As SAB positions will become available, ad hoc reviewers will be considered for full SAB positions.

The PCC anticipates expanding the SAB as research expands and as additional ongoing expertise is identified and required.


SAB members and ad hoc expert reviewers should have a significant history of publications in peer-reviewed journals in a relevant field (see below) and should be well-regarded by the international research community. Specifically, applicants should possess:

  • A medical degree or doctorate in a related research area, i.e. pharmacology, endocrinology, immunology, statistical modeling, protein chemistry, analytical chemistry / toxicology, hematology, molecular and cell biology, physiology, metabolism, proteomics, mass spectrometry, microbiology, analytical techniques, immunological assay and chromatography techniques
  • Experience with the grant application review and grant funding process
  • In the future, the PCC may expand its research funding to social science, ethics, and educational research

Although anti-doping research experience will be considered, it is not a requirement to serve as a Scientific Advisory Board member

Scientific Advisory Board members are prohibited from submitting grant proposals to the PCC.


SAB members will be reimbursed for travel expenses and will be provided with a small stipend.

To apply

Submit a one-page letter describing your interest in participating on the Partnership for Clean Competition Scientific Advisory Board and/or as an ad hoc expert reviewer, a curriculum vitae of no more than 5 pages and a list of any professional or research associations that would be relevant to the Partnership for Clean Competition.  Please submit your application to:

Jill Zeldin
Interim President
Partnership for Clean Competition
One Olympic Plaza
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

(719) 238-5696

Applications due by 12/31/08.