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Grants and opportunities

Grant for innovation / Travel award / Mentorship programme


The YPG aims to support young pharmacist members from around the globe who have limited resources for professional organisation involvement or their own research. There are two awards dedicated to YPG members: (1) The Young Pharmacists/Pharmaceutical Scientists Grant for Professional Innovation and (2) The Mike How Travel Award.


Young Pharmacists/Pharmaceutical Scientists Grant for Professional Innovation

This YPG grant for professional innovation consists of €1,000 for the implementation of a project by a young pharmacist/pharmaceutical scientist who is a YPG member. Projects can stem from any field of pharmacy (practice, science or education) but should directly or indirectly benefit or improve health of communities and demonstrate the added value of pharmacy on health. Pending the acceptance of a project report, the awardee may, in addition, be granted complementary registration, a return APEX airfare and hotel accommodation to attend the 79th FIP congress, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Judging Applications are evaluated based on five criteria: significance & relevance, creativity & innovation, scientific accuracy, feasibility, and clarity of communication.

Grant conditions The grant recipient is expected to submit a project report to the FIP Foundation for Education and Reseaarch and to present on the winning project at the 78th FIP congress. He or she will also be obliged to submit interim reports and updates as required by the YPG or the FIP Foundation.

How to apply Applications for this year’s award are now open. Use this Application form.

Here are some points for writing and tips for succes that might help you in your application. 


Recent professional innovation awardees include:

2017: Chelsea, Australia Chelsea is a PhD candidate from the University of South Australia and a registered pharmacist in Australia. Her project focuses on identifying new solutions to treat highly tolerant bacterial infections relating to biofilms. The direction is to deliver antibiotics with biofilm-dispersing enzymes through a nano-carrier delivery formulation. With the innovative formulation, Chelsea is attempting to improve the efficacy of infection treatment, especially for the drug-tolerant infections.
2016: Ekpenyong Aniekan, Nigeria Ekpenyong’s project was about developing adequate human resources for pharmacy in developing countries. It was piloted in Nigeria and involved using data to make a five-year trend assessment and in-depth analysis of the pharmacy workforce across 36 states to inform workforce planning and policy development.
2015 Arcelio Benetoli, Australia Arcelio was a PhD candidate in Pharmacy Practice at the University of Sydney, and before that received his MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the State University of Maringa, Brazil. His research focused on how consumers use social media for health purposes. The research comprised an observational study which identified chronic disease public Facebook groups whose content was quantitatively and qualitatively analysed and consumer focus groups. Understanding how consumers use social media will assist health care providers in guiding consumers in their social media health journey; and importantly, help design innovative ways to deliver care via social media, accessing people who may not visit health care professionals regularly.
2014 Vivian Tong, Australia Vivian was a PhD Candidate at the University of Sydney. Her PhD focus was on optimising written medicine information to support safe and appropriate consumer use of over-the-counter medicines. The research focus for the YPG grant was to develop and test alternative standardised over-the-counter medicine label formats. The new labels were informed by consumer opinions and good information design. Vivian found that the new labels performed well when user tested and consumers were able to find and understand key points of information about their medicine.


Mike How Travel Award

The Mike How Travel Award was created in 2007 in honour of Mike How who dedicated much of his time and efforts in the promotion of industrial pharmacy, particularly towards young pharmacists and pharmacy students. The award is granted to young pharmacists or pharmacy students who have shown keen interest and passion for industrial pharmacy.

The Mike How Travel Award is a collaboration between the YPG, FIP’s Industrial Pharmacy Section, and the International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation (IPSF). It supports YPG or IPSF members involved in the development, manufacturing and regulatory aspects of pharmaceuticals and includes:

  • Up to €1,000 to be used in support of transport, accommodation and registration for the annual FIP congress
  • Free attendance to Industrial Pharmacy Section pre-satellite workshops at the FIP congress
  • Invitation to the Industrial Pharmacy Section dinner

How to apply Application for this year’s award is now open. Download the application form here

The 2017 Mike How awardee was Muoh Joanne Chinemerem, a fifth year PharmD student at Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science And Technology, Ghana.


YPG Mentorship Programme

The mentorship programme is organised by YPG and FIP Bureau with the aiming to support young pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists with their career development, inside and outside of FIP. Through matching a mentor and mentee with similar interest in pharmacy or pharmaceutical science, the mentee will receive useful advice and guidance within his/her career path.

How to apply? Use the application form.