IASP Developing Countries Project: Initiative for Improving Pain Education

Purpose: To provide grants (up to US$10,000) that support improving pain education and practice in developing countries. 

Some types of grant projects include:

  • Combining practical instruction with the latest research
  • Developing written teaching materials
  • Creating online learning programs
  • Developing or implementing policy changes on pain education and practice in hospitals, universities, governments, or other places 

Timeline: The 2021 application cycle is closed. The 2022 application cycle will open in February 2022.

Application Guidelines: A summary of the application guidelines is below. Please see the detailed guidelines for more information.


The project leader

  • must be based in a developing country (see list of eligible countries),
  • must have been a member of IASP for at least one year at the time of application, and
  • must not have received the same award in the previous three years.

Application Notes: 

  • Preference is given to candidates from low-income and low-middle income countries, as defined by the World Bank. Candidates meeting these criteria are especially encouraged to apply.  
  • Applications should be for one-year projects that are ready to begin within three months of the application deadline.
  • Grants will not be awarded for projects that are in the planning stages.
  • Projects must have specific start and end dates.
  • Applicants must identify the total funds necessary for the project and any additional sources of funding. Projects may not total more than US$10,000.
  • Projects that are multidisciplinary in nature are particularly desirable, although this is not essential.


How to Apply:

The 2022 application cycle will open in February 2022. For more information about the online application process, please review the detailed application guidelines.  

All applications must be completed in English.

You will need to complete and upload the following documents into the online system:

  • A short-version curriculum vitae. The template is available here and through the online grant application system.
  • A proposed budget. The template is available here

IASP will not consider incomplete applications or applications that were not submitted via online system.

Need Help Writing Your Proposal?

Candidates requesting proposal writing assistance through the application mentorship program may submit their request through the online form. The information below is required for submission and will help match candidates with approrpiate mentors. The application mentorship program is closed for 2021 and will open again in 2022.

Application Mentorship Requirements:

  • First and Last Name of Applicant
  • Country of Residence
  • Specialty
  • Project Title
  • Project Summary (uploaded as Word doc or PDF)

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

Click here to view previous recipients of IASP Grants for Improving Pain Education in Developing Countries.