Early Career Award

Early Career Award in Pediatric Pain
(formerly called Young Investigator Award)

This award honors an individual who has shown outstanding achievements in pediatric pain research within 10 years after award of their PhD or last postgraduate research degree. Researchers from all disciplines/specialties who are contributing to the field of pediatric pain, and from all geographic regions, are eligible for nomination.

2019 Winner: Tine Vervoort
Dr. Tine Vervoort is a Research Professor at the Department of Experimental-Clinical and Health Psychology in the University of Ghent in Belgium. Her career as a research psychologist in pediatric pain arose from a background in child and adolescent nursing and clinical psychology. Dr. Vervoort has developed an outstanding and productive program of research on the psychosocial dimensions of pediatric pain, addressing the dynamic interaction between children in pain and caregivers. Her work has considerable impact upon our understanding of family socialization and social context as determinants of child pain experience.

Previous Early Career Award recipients

2017 Laura Simons
2015 Jennifer Stinson
2013 Liesbet Goubert

Young Investigator Award recipients

2010 Suellen Walker
2006 Anna Taddio
2003 Christine Chambers
2000 Bonnie Stevens
1997 Klaus Olkkola
1994 KJS Anand

How to apply?

2022 Early Career Award in Pediatric Pain
(formerly called Young Investigator Award)
Call for Nominations

Application/nomination deadline: 26 November 2021

The Special Interest Group on Pain in Childhood, International Association for the Study of Pain, is pleased to announce the Call for Nominations for its Early Career Award in Pediatric Pain. The prize is awarded at each International Symposium on Pediatric Pain (ISPP).

The 2022 Early Career Award recipient will be notified in January, 2022.

The recipient will be honoured at the virtual 13th International Symposium on Pediatric Pain, by presenting a plenary lecture and receiving:

  • Free registration at ISPP 2022, plus
  • A cash prize of $1500

Eligibility:

      • Individuals who have shown outstanding achievements in pediatric pain research since the completion of their PhD or last postgraduate research degree.
      • Individuals who are within ten (10) years of completion of their PhD or last postgraduate research degree. (The ten-year period starts with formal award of that degree and must end after the application/nomination deadline)
      • Individuals must be member of the IASP SIG Pain in Childhood
      • Consideration is given to those who have taken time out early in their career due to family commitments, illness or for other reasons.
      • Nominations are welcomed from researchers from all disciplines/specialties who are contributing to the field of pediatric pain, and from all geographic regions.
      • Researchers may nominate themselves.

Nominations should include the following:

  • A cover letter from the nominee accepting the nomination and stating her/his five most outstanding scholarly contributions in pediatric pain.
  • A completed Application/Nomination Form, which can be accessed here: 2022 Application Early Career award – application form.
  • One letter of support from another person (e.g., a senior colleague or a Head of Department) including statements of evidence that the candidate has achieved a level of independence as a scholar.
  • A copy of the candidate’s Curriculum Vitae, listing all publications with a brief notation of the nominee’s personal contribution under each one

NOTE: Nominations and all supporting documentation must be submitted in English. Nominations are to be in electronic form only, preferably compiled in a single PDF.
Nominations should be sent by email to the chair of the SIG Award Committee, Dr. Liesbet Goubert: Liesbet.Goubert@ugent.be .
The e-mail submission should indicate in the subject of the email “Nomination for Early Career Award.”
Nominees will receive an email confirming receipt of the application. If the application is not acknowledged within 7 days please check to make sure that it was received.
Nominations must be received no later than 26 November 2021. Late nominations cannot be considered.

Nominations will be reviewed by members of the SIG Award Committee who will make a recommendation to the SIG Council. The recipient of the SIG Award will be notified in January 2022. The recipient will have one week to accept the award, confirming that she or he will attend and present a plenary lecture at the virtual 13th International Symposium on Pediatric Pain, 24-27 March, 2022.