IASP Policy on Endorsements and Sponsorship

Definitions:

Endorsement. An endorsement is a statement of approval or support for something or someone (according to Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary). For IASP, endorsement will usually translate into approval of an authoritative report, a scientific activity, or an educational activity.

Sponsorship. A sponsorship is support of a person, organization or activity by giving money or encouragement or other sorts of help (according to Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary). For IASP, sponsorship will usually translate into financial support of a specific activity.

IASP Policy on Endorsements and Sponsorship

General principles: In limited situations, IASP is willing to consider providing an endorsement and/or sponsorship following review by the IASP Executive Committee:

  • Events and activities endorsed or sponsored by IASP must comply with and enhance IASP’s mission, vision and goals.
  • All requests for endorsement and sponsorship must be supported (in writing) by one or more IASP chapter, special interest group, federation, or other regional groups, or from other bodies established by IASP.
  • IASP will only endorse programs submitted by not-for-profit organizations.
  • IASP will not endorse clinical guidelines as part of this process
  • IASP will take no financial or legal responsibility for a sponsored or endorsed activity.
  • Only organizations with specific (written) permission may use the IASP logo.

Specific terms and evaluation process:

  • The Executive Committee will review all requests for endorsement and sponsorship. The Executive Committee will not review incomplete applications.
  • Certain activities such as IASP chapter scientific meetings can usually be approved on an “ad hoc” basis by the IASP Secretariat office.
  • Applications for endorsement or sponsorship must include the following:
    • Relevance of activity to IASP mission, vision, and goals
    • Reason for seeking endorsement/sponsorship
    • Documented scientific/clinical review/evaluation process including conflict of interest disclosures (if relevant)
    • Objectives of the activity
    • Full disclosure of possible risks associated with the program.
    • Committed or pending sources of support including financial and programmatic support.
      • Financial Support: Detailed information must be provided reporting all sponsors or potential sponsors affiliated with the request including amount and terms for each funding source.
      • Program Partners: Detailed information regarding current and potential partners including all partnership agreements.
    • Specific benefits available to IASP members (for example):
      • Discounted rate for IASP members
      • Revenue share with IASP (e.g., to benefit IASP Grants programs or SIGs)
      • Advertising/promotion opportunities for IASP
    • Following any sponsored or endorsed activity; a brief report must be submitted to the IASP Secretariat that describes the obtained benefit of the endorsement/sponsorship versus the proposed goals.

Upon approval, IASP will:

  • Promote the partnership via the IASP website and other communication channels
  • Provide access to the IASP logo and permission to use the logo for promotion purposes.

Conditions:

  • Sponsorship and Endorsements are provided for a one year time period with the opportunity to renew their partnership on an annual basis.
  • Any sponsorship/endorsement risks should be communicated in a transparent manner via the application process.
  • IASP reserves the right to withdraw support at any time and for any reason.