IASP Developing Countries Project: Initiative for Improving Pain Education

Purpose: The IASP Developing Countries Project addresses the need for improved pain education and practice in developing countries by providing support grants. These grants are intended to improve the scope and availability of essential education for pain clinicians of all disciplines and to encourage innovative approaches, taking into account specific local needs. For example, funds may be used to combine practical instruction with theory, develop specific written teaching materials or distance-learning materials, or implement institutional policy changes in pain education and practice.

Timeline: The call for 2018 IASP Developing Countries Project grant proposals will open on January 10, 2018 and close on March 14, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern U.S. Time.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The principal organizer
    • must be based in a developing country (see list of eligible countries)
    • must have been a member of IASP for at least one year
    • must not have received the same award in the previous year
  • Applications should be for one-year projects that are ready to begin within three months of the date of submitting this application.
  • Grants will not be awarded for projects that are in the planning stages.
  • Projects must have specific start and completion dates.


  • Grants for up to US$10,000 may be awarded. Applicants must identify the total funds necessary for the project and the additional sources of funding.
  • Grants will support one-year educational and institutional policy projects designed to meet identified needs within a developing country. Grants are not intended for projects that are still in the planning stages.
  • The project should be an educational course, written educational materials for general distribution, a distance-learning course, or other innovative educational program OR a proposal to develop/implement policy change at an institutional, regional, or national government level.  
  • It is desirable, although not essential, for the project to be multidisciplinary.
  • If awarded, no funds will be sent to personal accounts. The grant award must be administered for the project organizers by a nonprofit institution, association, or organization, with the understanding that no fees or overhead will be charged to IASP for this educational grant, or taken from the award.
  • Award recipients must submit to IASP a quarterly progress report and a detailed final report within three months of the project’s completion. The final report should include the following details:
    • The original aims of the project and a general assessment of its value; this must include measurable outcomes (measures of the impact and/or results of the project).
    • The number of persons taking part in the project and their professional status (undergraduates, doctors, nurses, and other health professionals).
    • Details of the program format, assessment methods, and results, including a final measure of the project's impact. This includes the intended long-term follow-up with the participants or materials.
    • A record of any problems or difficulties encountered during the project.
    • A description of how the project can be developed and improved in the long term.
    • A financial statement accounting for the use of all the funds.

How to Apply:

To apply, complete the online application in English. For more information on the online application process, please review the online application guidelines.

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

  • The short version curriculum vitae of the applicant. The template is available via online grant application system; and
  • Proposed budget. The template is available via online grant application system.

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

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.

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