IASP Award for Excellence in Pain Research and Management in Developing Countries


  • Free registration and a travel grant for applicants from developing countries (per the World Bank List) of up to US$10,000 toward the cost of attending the World Congress on Pain.
  • Two years of free membership in IASP, including a subscription to the journal PAIN, to each member of the team.
  • Plaque to be presented at the next World Congress on Pain.
  • Awardees' choice of three books from the IASP Press catalogue.

Nomination Deadline: December 15, 2017


IASP will present an award at the IASP World Congress on Pain to an individual or to a team who has achieved a level of excellence in programs of either: (1) Basic science research in pain or pain management OR (2) Clinical research or practice and/or policy changes in pain management in the developing world. The award is intended to facilitate attendance of an individual or a small group of individuals at the IASP Congress. This award is aimed at recognizing and promoting excellence in pain research and management in developing countries as defined by the World Bank (see list of eligible countries).

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The award can be given to a named individual or to a group of individuals forming a working team of not more than five individuals.
  • The award will recognize excellence in a pain research or management program developed and carried out only within the setting of one or more of the eligible countries.
  • The principal organizer must be based in a developing country and must be a member of IASP.
  • There are no restrictions as to the professional qualifications, age or affiliations of the awardees.

Those who received an award from this program in the previous year are not eligible to reapply.

Nominations should include the following:
(All applications must be submitted in English)

  • A letter of nomination by an external nominating body. This can be an academic or medical non-profit organization or a group of not less than three individuals of which at least one should be a member of IASP of more than one year standing. There are no restrictions as to the geographical origin of the nominating bodies. The letter should:
    1. provide names of nominee(s)
    2. explain the reasons for the nomination, and
    3. outline the work carried out by the nominee(s).
  • Curriculum Vitae (please use IASP template) for each nominee;
  • Documented evidence of the work carried out in the program. This could be a bibliography of publications resulting from the research, copies of syllabi, curricula developed, program schedules, evaluation forms, or other educational or research materials explaining the work carried out in the field of pain. The document cannot exceed 10 pages.

Nominations will be reviewed and decision made by the Fellowships, Grants and Awards Working Group.

Submit your nominations online here.

Please contact grants@iasp-pain.org if you have any questions, or call +1-202-856-7400.

Click here to see previous winners of the IASP Award for Excellence in Pain Research and Management in Developing Countries.

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