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


  • Complimentary IASP World Congress registration and a travel grant of up to US$10,000 toward the cost of attendance at the IASP World Congress for an applicant from a developing country (per the World Bank Economic Classification List)
  • Two years of complimentary IASP membership, including a subscription to PAIN 
  • Plaque to be presented at the IASP World Congress 
  • Awardees' choice of three books from the IASP Press catalog

The application cycle is complete for the IASP 2020 World Congress on Pain. This award will open again in 2021 for the 2022 Congress. 

IASP will present an award at the IASP World Congress on Pain to an individual or to a team that has achieved an outstanding 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 facilitates attendance of an outstanding pain individual or small group to the IASP World Congress. This award recognizes and promotes excellence in pain research and management in developing countries (as defined by the World Bank).

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The award can be given to a named individual or to a group of individuals forming a working team of no 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 developing countries.
  • The principal organizer must be based in a developing country and must be a member of IASP at the time of application.
  • There are no restrictions as to the professional qualifications, age, or affiliations of the awardees.
  • Those who received this award in the previous year are not eligible to reapply.

All Applications Must Be Submitted in English. Nominations Should Include the following:

  • A letter of nomination by an external nominating body. This can be an academic or medical nonprofit organization or a group of three or more individuals of which at least one must be an IASP member for more than one year standing at the time of application. There are no restrictions on 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).
  • Nominee(s) Curriculum Vitae (Please use the short-version IASP template. CVs must not be longer than four pages, including citations.)
  • 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 conducted in the field of pain. The document cannot exceed 10 pages.

The Developing Countries Working Group reviews all nominations and chooses the recipient(s). All decisions are final.

Questions? Please contact grants@iasp-pain.org 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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