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 will open on 1 February, 2021 and close on 8 April, 2021.

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 year.

Application Notes: 

  • Preference is given to candidates who are graduates of IASP Pain Camps and/or are 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 four 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 2020 application cycle is complete. The 2021 application will open 1 February, 2021 and close on 8 April, 2021. For more information about the online application process, please review the online 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 required template is available here and through the online grant application system.
  • A final signature in the e-signature box and your full name.

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

Need Help Writing Your Proposal?

Candidates who require assistance with writing their proposal may email grants@iasp-pain.org by 8 April, 2021, stating the title of your project and the area of interest (e.g. cancer pain, pain education for nurses, etc.), and a short project summary. 

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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