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IASP Developing Countries Project: Initiative for Improving Pain Education

How To Apply

All applications must be submitted in English through the online submission portal. No applications will be accepted via email or postal mail. 

The IASP Developing Countries Project provides grants of up to $10,000 that support improving pain education and practice in developing countries.

Application Period: Closed

Grant Overview

The IASP Developing Countries Project provides grants of up to $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 

Grant Details

  • 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.
  • 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.  

Grant Eligibility Requirements

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.

Grant Application Requirements

  • Complete the online application in English. Additional documents needed for the online application are listed below.
  • A short-version curriculum vitae. You must use this IASP template
  • A proposed budget. You must use this budget template

Grant Review Process and Criteria

The Developing Countries Working Group reviews all applications and makes final decisions. Applications will be reviewed based on the evidence of the organizer’s ability to complete the project; whether the project identifies local needs; if the curriculum is comprehensive, suitable for the intended audience, and relevant to the needs; and whether a program evaluation is planned and is sufficient.

Do you need help writing your proposal?

Candidates requesting proposal writing assistance through the application mentorship program may submit their request via email to grants@iasp-pain.org. The information below is required for submission and will help match candidates with appropriate mentors. The application mentorship program will open in May 2023 and close in July 2023. 

Application Mentorship Requirements:

  • First and Last Name of Applicant
  • Country of Residence
  • Specialty
  • Project Title
  • Project Summary (please provide as a Word document or PDF)
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Award Winners


  • Marina Pegoraro Baroni (Brazil), An extension of the EducaDor program: Implementation of an Online Pain Education for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain in the Brazilian Public Health System.
  • Nadia Mohd Mustafah (Malaysia), Empowering Malaysian Rehabilitation Medicine Physicians and Trainees on Managing Chronic Pain in Persons with Physical Disabilities
  • Rana Yamout and Yahya Wehbeh (Lebanon), Train the Trainer Pain Course – LSSP
  • Muhammed Rashid (India), Synthesizing Pain Education and Knowledge materials for interdisciplinary management of children with cerebral palsy (SPEAK CP) in India; empowering first-line professionals through a blended learning approach.
  • Sunita Panta (Nepal), Holistic and Multidisciplinary Pain Management– A capacity building initiative for future medical professionals in Nepal
  • Abderrahmane Chahidi (Morocco), African Teaching Courses on Diagnosis and Management of Chronic Pain and Pain with Neuropathic Components.
  • Francisca Achaliwie (Ghana), Training the Trainer on Paediatric Pain Management in the Upper East Region of Ghana
  • Gugsa Nemera Germossa (Ethiopia), Designing Burn Would Pain Management Course for Nurses and provide training
  • Yannick Fogang (Cameroon), Improving neuropathic pain and primary headaches management by general practitioners in Cameroon


  • Li Li, PhD, RN (China), Pain Education Program for Nurses in Neonatal Intensive Care Units in Guangdong Province, China: Using the Knowledge-to-Action Framework
  • Pinar Yalcin Bahat (Turkey), Learning steps to healthy menstruation (MENS-ED)
  • Rinkle Hotwani (India), A Multidisciplinary Educational Training Course for Physical Therapists on managing common musculoskeletal pain conditions in Maharashtra, India
  • Romy Parker, PhD (South Africa), “Pain Stories: Learning about pain and pain management through the lived experience of pain” an open access textbook
  • Shemila Abbasi, FCPS (Pakistan), Enhancing the Role of Ultrasound-Guided Regional Blocks for Pediatric Pain Management in a Low-Middle Income Country
  • Subrata Goswami (India), Training of Primary Physicians and General Practitioners for Implementing a Low-Back Pain Evaluation and Management Guideline Developed by a Team of Multi-Disciplinary Experts into Clinical Practice Covered Under ESI(MB) Scheme in West Bengal, India


  • Brazil Organizer: Mariana Avila-Vera, Management of Dysmenorrhea: How do we deal with our menstrual cramps?
  • Burkina Faso Organizer: Martin Lankoande, Implementation of Pain and Pailliative Care Course (P2C2) in Burkina Faso
  • Haiti Organizer: Sabine Regine RocheTraining Nurses in Palliative Care to Help Patients and Families Manage the End of Life at Home
  • Indonesia Organizer: Rizaldy Pinzon, Bridging the Gap of Knowlege and Skills for Diagnosis and Treatment of Painful Neuropathy
  • Nepal Organizer: Nibha Bajracharya, Pain Education of the Physiotherapists in Nepal
  • Nigeria Organizer: Folaju Olusegun Oyebola, Pain and Palliative Supportive Care Education and Training for Healthcare Professionals in Ogun-State Health Centers
  • Pakistan Organizer: Asma Abdus Salam, Pain Assessment and Initial Management: A Blended-Learning Basic Course for Nurses


  • Colombia Organizer: Dr. Marta Martín-Carbonell, Design and pilot study of an online course to empower health professionals in the care of elderly pain in Santa Marta, Colombia
  • Kenya Organizer: Dr. Zipporah Ali, Improving Cancer Pain Management in Seven New Cancer Treatment Centers in Kenya
  • Mozambique Organizer: Dr. Emília da Felicidade Venturas Pinto Miquidade, Post-operative Pain: Educational courses for physicians, nurses, and anesthesia technicians
  • Myanmar Organizer: Dr. Khin Myo Hla, Educational Training course on management of "Common Musculoskeletal Pain conditions" at the Primary Health Care Level and Community- pilot project
  • Nepal Organizer: Dr. Mohammad Ruhullah, Orthopedic Pain Assessment and Management Workshop for Primary Healthcare Providers
  • Nigeria Organizer: Dr. Saidu Yakubu, A Multidisciplinary Peri-operative Pain Prevention and Management Education for Surgical Patients, Nurses, Surgeons and Anaesthetists in Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) Zaria – Nigeria


  • Brazil Organizer: Dr. Fabianna Moraleida, Low Back Pain Education in Primary Care: Empowering Health Professionals and Patients to Manage Low Back Pain in the Northeast of Brazil
  • Iraq Organizer: Dr. April Gamble, Building Capacity in Pain Science for Physiotherapists Working with Vulnerable Populations in the Semi-Autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq
  • Nigeria Organizer: Dr. Tonia Onyeka, Project OPUS – Online Pain Education for Nigerian Medical Undergraduate Students
  • Pakistan Organizer: Dr. Ali Sarfraz Siddiqui, Pain Assessment in Critically Ill Patients: Educational Courses for Physicians and Nursing Staff of Intensive Care Units across Sindh Province of Pakistan
  • South Africa/Uganda Organizer: Dr. Annamarie Oberholzer, PEP-Talks for nursing students on pain in children
  • Uganda Organizer: Dr. Mhoira Leng, Empowering health care professionals through education to improve the management of pain in paediatric palliative care


  • Brazil Organizer: Dr. Almeida-Leite, Multidisciplinary Orofacial Pain Education for Dental and Physical Therapy Students and Patients in Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • China Organizer Dr. Jaile Hu of China, Using Social Media to Develop and Implement an e-Learning Program on Pain after Surgery for Health Care Professionals in China
  • India Organizer: Dr. Nimisha Verma, The Art of Managing Pain: An Educational Intervention for Care Givers of Cancer Patients in India
  • India Organizer: Dr. Kavitha Raja, Development of Learning Materials to Complement Pain Education of Physiotherapists in Indian Universities
  • Kosovo Organizer: Dr. Adem Bytyqi, Reducing Variability in Care of Surgical Patients in One Hospital in Kosovo
  • Malaysia Organizer: Dr. Farah Khalid, Empowering Parents to Manage Pain in Children with Severe Neurological Impairment through a Mobile-based Information Technology Pain Education Program
  • Nepal Organizer: Dr. Renu Gurung, Essential Pain Management Workshop for Health Professionals


  • China Organizer: Dr. Li Li, Competency-Based Education for Surgical Nurses to Improve Post-operative Pain Management
  • India Organizer: Dr. M. R. Rajagopal, Virtual Interactive Education on What's New for Managing Persistent Severe Pain in India
  • Jordan Organizer: Dr. Nadin Abdel Razeq, A training program to strengthen neonatal nurses’ competencies of pain assessment and management in neonates and infants
  • Pakistan Organizer: Dr. Anwar Shahzad, Pain Education and Training for Family Physicians of Punjab, Pakistan
  • Philippines Organizer: Dr. Rizza Jane Parico, Improving Knowledge and Attitudes of Nurses on Post-Operative Pain Management in Level I and II Hospitals in Palawan
  • Romania Organizer: Dr. Laura Ailioaie, Multidisciplinary Educational Course for Physical Therapists to Help Patients and Families in Chronic Pain Management at Home
  • Romania Organizer: Dr. Mungiu Ostin, Defining Competencies in Pain Management
  • South Africa Organizer: Dr. Romy Parker, Strategic Training in the Assessment and Management of Pain to Improve Patient OUTcomes--the STAMP-OUT Pain Project
  • Sudan Organizer: Dr. Nahla Gafer, Setting a Post-graduate Training in Pain and Palliative Care
  • (the first in the country)
  • Uganda Organizer: Dr. Anne Merriman, First Steps: Supporting Palliative Care Trainees to Implement Pain Management among Patients with Cancer and other Life-limiting Conditions in Rural Uganda


  • Brazil Organizer: Dr. Eliseth Leao, Identification and Treatment of Homeless Pain
  • China Organizer: Dr. Lingxiao Wang, A Multidisciplinary Pain Education Course on Managing Osteoarthritis Pain for Primary Health Providers in Guangzhou, China
  • China Organizer: Dr. Hong XiaoA Pain Education Course for Multidisciplinary Primary Practitioners in the Community Hospital of Sichuan Province
  • Pakistan Organizer: Dr. Fauzia Khan, Addressing Pain Assessment and Management in Paediatric Anaesthesia and Surgery, Basic Introductory Courses
  • Uganda Organizer: Dr. Andrew Kwikiriza, Improving Burn and Wound Care-Associated Pain Through the Development of Focused Educational Initiatives and Analgesia Protocols in Mbarara, Uganda
  • Uganda Organizer: Dr. Mhoira LengImproving nurses' and pharmacists' pain recognition, assessment and management skills in Mulago and Kiruddu hospitals in Uganda
  • Romania Organizer: Dr. Vladimir Poroch, Physicians' Education for Pain in NE Romania" - PEPNER
  • Ukraine Organizer: Dr. Vladimir Romanenko, Implementing IASP Core Curriculum in Medical Student Undergraduate Education in Ukraine


  • Brazil Organizer: Dr. Mariana Bueno
  • China Organizer: Dr. Yuxiang Li
  • China Organizer: Professor Ying Ge Tong
  • Georgia Organizer: Dr. Nanuli Ninashvili
  • India Organizer: Dr. Kavitha Raja
  • India Organizer: Dr. Deepak Sharan
  • Kosovo Organizer: Dr. Adem Bytyqi
  • Mozambique Organizer: Mr. Romuald Djitte
  • Nigeria Organizer: Dr. Elizabeth Ogboli-Nwasor
  • Pakistan Organizer: Dr. Robyna Khan


  • Armenia Organizer: Narine Movsisyan
  • China Organizer: Hong Xiao
  • China Organizer: Li Li
  • Guyana Organizer: Andrew Amata
  • India Organizer: Babita Ghai
  • India Organizer: M.R. Rajagopal
  • India Organizer: Palanisamy Vijayanand
  • Kenya Organizer: Hellen Kariuki
  • Kenya Organizer: Speciosa Kimenye
  • Moldova Organizer: Adrian Belii
  • Morocco Organizer: Abderrahmane Chahidi
  • Pakistan Organizer: Brigadier Mohammad Salim
  • Pakistan Organizer: Samina Ismail
  • Sudan Organizer: Nahla Gafer
  • Uganda Organizer: Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care Hospice Africa Uganda (Founder and Primary Organizer: Anne Merriman)
  • Ukraine Organizer: Igor Radchuk
  • USA-Ghana Organizer: Kybele, Inc.(President: Medge Owen)


  • Brazil Organizer: Marcia Morete
  • China Organizer: Yuxiang Li
  • Egypt Organizer: Hemat Allam
  • India Organizer: Sukanya Mitra
  • Kenya Organizer: O'Brien Kyololo
  • Kenya Organizer: Zipporah Ali
  • Kosovo Organizer: Adem Bytyqi
  • Mozambique Organizers: Romauld Djitte and Therese Schwalbach
  • Pakistan Organizer: Gauhar Afshan
  • Pakistan Organizer: Safia Siddiqui
  • Philippines Organizer: Noel Pingoy
  • Romania Organizer: Anna Maria Boeru
  • Romania Organizer: Maria Magdalena Leon
  • Uganda Organizer: Anne Merriman


  • Albania Organizer: Albert Leka
  • Argentina Organizers: Pablo Brumovsky and Graciela Rovner
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Organizer: Amira Karkin-Tais
  • China Organizer: YingGe Tong
  • China Organizer: Hong Xiao
  • Georgia Organizer: Nanuli Ninashvili
  • India Organizer: Ashok Kumar
  • India Organizer: Jagdish Chaturvedi
  • Kenya Organizers: Helen Kariuki and Dave Otieno
  • Liberia Organizer: Augustine Manneh Sumo
  • Nigeria Organizer: Elizabeth Ogboli Nwasor
  • Russia Organizer: Maxim Churyukanov
  • Thailand Organizer: Srisuda Ngamkham


  • Brazil Organizer: J.B. Garcia
  • Brazil Organizer: H. Ashmawi
  • Cambodia Organizer: K. Om
  • China Organizer: L. Li
  • Guyana Organizer: V. Mitchell
  • Kenya Organizer: T. Sharif
  • Mozambique Organizers: T. Schwalbach, R. Djitte
  • Nigeria Organizer: K.W. Wahab
  • Pakistan Organizer: G. Afshan
  • Palestine Organizer: K. Elessi
  • Paraguay Organizer: G. Alizeche Almeida
  • Romania Organizer: C. Ancuta
  • Thailand Organizer: N. Prasertsri
  • Ukraine Organizer: I. Lisnyy
  • Vietnam Organizers: D.T. Huy, A.T.Nguyen, B. Darnall


  • Brazil Organizer: A. Alvarez
  • Brazil Organizer: J. Sarda
  • China Organizer: J.S. Han
  • China Organizer: Y.G. Tong
  • Fiji Organizer: R. Goucke
  • Ghana Organizer: A. Antwi-Kusi
  • Kenya Organizer: H. Kariuki
  • Laos Organizer: Vanpheng Norasingh
  • Malaysia Organizer: Z. Osman
  • Mongolia Organizer: B. Yondonjamts
  • Nigeria Organizer: N. Ogbali Nwasor
  • Romania Organizer: B. Tamba
  • South Africa Organizer: R. Parker
  • Sri Lanka Organizer: R. Pallegama
  • Vietnam Organizer: C. Perruchoud


  • Albania Organizer: E. Salaria
  • Armenia Organizer: N.S. Yeghiazaryan
  • Brazil Organizer: M. Bueno
  • China Organizer: J. Zhao
  • Croatia Organizer: L. Puljak
  • India Organizer: M. Rajagopal
  • Kenya Organizer: D. Otieno
  • Malaysia Organizer: R. Vijayan
  • Nigeria Organizer: A.O. Akinpelu
  • Romania Organizer: V. Bild
  • Romania Organizer: I. Jaba
  • Serbia Organizer: M.S. Bosnjak


  • Argentina Organizer: A. Scharovsky
  • Bosnia-Hezogovina Organizer: K. Karkin-Tais
  • Colombia Organizer: M. Leon Delgado
  • Egypt Organizer: O. Tawfik
  • Guyana Organizer: A. Amata
  • Kenya Organizer: H. Kariuki
  • Peru Organizer: M. Goyburu Molina
  • Phillippines Organizer: M. Manalo
  • Romania Organizer: O.C. Mungiu


  • Colombia Organizer: A.M. Cadavid-Calle
  • India Organizer: S.K. Chaturvedi
  • India Organizer: T. Doctor
  • India Organizer: G.P. Dureja
  • Kenya Organizer: N.B. Patel
  • Lithuania Organizer: R. Sargautyte
  • Nigeria Organizer: A.B. Ofi
  • Poland Organizer: J. Dobrogowski
  • Romania Organizer: C. Ailioaie
  • Thailand Organizer: P. Chaudakshetrin


  • Bosnia-Herzogovina Organizer: A. Karkin-Tais
  • Brazil Organizer: M.J. Teixeira
  • China Organizers: J.S. Han, B.F. Fan
  • China Organizer: J. Zhao
  • Egypt Organizer: M. El-Ansary
  • Indonesia Organizer: H. Kalim
  • Kenya Organizer: A. Amata
  • Nigeria Organizer: S. Amanor-Boadu
  • Philippines Organizer: J. Que
  • Poland Organizer: A. Stachowiak


  • Lilian Hennemann, Peter Spiegel, Tereza Cristina, Lourenco Silva, Ricardo Joaquim da Cunha Junior, Luiz Augusto Rodrigues de Aqunio, and Gisele Cazale Bonioli (Brazil)
  • Ana Luisa Muñoz, MD, Miguel Fodor, MD, Renato Verdugo, MD, Carlo Paolinelli, MD, and Prof. Carlos Paeile (Chile)
  • Benjamin Dominguez Trejo, J. Rafael Hernandez Santos, Yolanda Olvera Lopez, Consuelo Hernandez Troncoso, and Irma Zaldivar Martinez (Mexico)