Young Investigator Award

Young Investigator Award

ISPPD-12 provides abstract submitters with an opportunity to apply for the Young Investigator Award. Application is done via the abstract submission system.

Key Dates

  • Application period: 1 October 2021 – 18 January 2022
  • Notification date: TBC


ISPPD will grant abstract awards to young investigators presenting their abstracts during the 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 a high-income setting and a second from a low- or middle-income country
  3. Clinical or epidemiology expert from a high-income country and another from a low- or middle-income country


Finalists will be acknowledged with a ribbon that will be displayed on their ISPPD-12 poster or in their presentation slides 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).