Travel and Participation Grants & Abstract Awards

Travel and Participation Grants & Abstract Awards

Application Deadline for Travel and Participation Grants & Abstract Awards: 12 January , 2022

Applications opened: 1 October 2021

ISPPD-12 provides abstract submitters with an opportunity to apply for Travel & Participation Grants and Abstract Awards. Application is done via the abstract submission system.

Travel & Participation Grants

ISPPD will award Travel and/or Participation Grants in the ISPPD-12 Symposium.  The travel grant will be awarded to selected applicants who fulfill the following criteria:

  • Letter of recommendation from applicant’s head of department/institute written in English
  • Submitted abstract accepted for oral or poster presentation.

Applicants who are young investigators and/or are from GAVI-eligible countries​ will be given priority.

The travel grant consists of:

  • Free registration (onsite)
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses up to a predetermined amount based on geographical location of awardee. Reimbursement will be made after the Symposium.
  • Hotel accommodation booked and paid through the conference organizers (4 or 5 nights – dependent on country of origin – in a single room at a specified hotel)

The participation grant consists of:

  • Free registration for online/virtual access during the live event and up to 3 months post-Symposium


Travel & Participation Grant application is a part of the abstract submission process. You cannot apply for the travel grant without submitting an abstract.

Please prepare the following documents:

  1. Answer to the question why you would like to attend the ISPPD-12 Symposium
  2. A document that proves your birth date (ie. passport ID)
  3. A letter of recommendation signed by your department head or a supervisor. Letter must be written in English.

Please note: Travel & Participation grants will only be confirmed and awarded to those whose abstract has been accepted by the Scientific Committee.

GAVI eligible countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Haiti, India, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Congo, Republic of Sudan, Rwanda, Sâo Tomé, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Abstract Awards for Young Investigators


ISPPD will grant abstract awards for young investigators presenting their poster during ISPPD-12 Symposium in Toronto, Canada. The goal of this award is to inspire young investigators to continue research on pneumococci and pneumococcal diseases by recognizing outstanding scientific investigations


  • ISPPD-12 Symposium attendee
  • Currently in or within 5 years of completing a training programme
  • Must be the presenting author on the accepted abstract


  • Eligible persons submitting abstracts to ISPPD will note at the time of submission if they would like to be considered for the award.
  • Reviewers for each abstract category will list their recommendations for the top 2 (if <10 eligible abstracts in the category) or 3 (if 10 or more) abstracts from among those submitted for award consideration.
  • A panel of judges will receive the recommended abstracts before ISPPD-12 Symposium and select 12 finalists. During ISPPD-12, the judges will review the posters and select the winners.
  • Abstracts will be considered in two categories:
    1. Clinical and epidemiological studies
    2. Basic or translational science and microbiology

For each category, three finalists and one winner will be selected from among ISPPD-12 participants based in high income countries and the same number selected from among those based in lower or middle income countries, with country income categories as defined by World Bank


Scoring criteria:

  1. Novel content and potential contribution to scientific advancement
  2. Clear description and presentation of methods and findings
  3. Potential for significant public health impact


The panel of judges will include 5 persons:

  1. Panel leader from the host country
  2. Basic/translational scientist or microbiologist from high-income setting and a second from a low- or middle-income country
  3. Clinical or epidemiology expert from high income country and another from low or middle-income country


Finalists will be acknowledged with a ribbon that will be displayed on their ISPPD-12 poster during the Symposium. Winners will be announced at the start of the final plenary session or closing ceremony.  Winners will receive a certificate and free registration for the next ISPPD (ISPPD 2024).