Robert Austrian Research Awards

Robert Austrian Research Awards Submission Deadline: 15 February 2016

To honor the memory of Robert Austrian for his pioneering and immensely important research on pneumococci and pneumococcal diseases, Pfizer is sponsoring research awards in the field of pneumococcal vaccinology. Pfizer has selected the International Symposium of Pneumococci and Pneumococcal Diseases, ISPPD, to manage the Robert Austrian Research Awards in Pneumococcal Vaccinology. The ISPPD Advisory Board is responsible for the Robert Austrian Research Awards in Pneumococcal Vaccinology and has defined the research topics and criteria for the selection of award recipients. Based on these criteria, a committee, consisting of five members of the ISPPD Advisory Board will propose the award recipients to the ISPPD Advisory Board for approval. Recipients of the Robert Austrian Research Awards in Pneumococcal Vaccinology will be selected from applications and from nominations, based on a research proposal and curriculum vitae with a list of publications and a letter of recommendation. Ten Robert Austrian Research Awards in Pneumococcal Vaccinology of $25,000 USD each will be awarded at the ISPPD-10, June 26-30, 2016. The award recipients are expected to present their results at ISPPD-11, 2018.

Research Topics

Preventing pneumococcal disease through research to discover, develop, and evaluate new and improved vaccines, delivery systems and vaccination strategies for an affordable and effective protection against pneumococci and to study the value of vaccination.


  • Young scientists (<40 years of age), including PhD students and post-doctoral. Established scientists are not eligible for the awards.

  • One applicant from each of the geographical regions; Africa, Asia/Australasia, Europe, Latin America and North America will be awarded.


Please prepare the following information before you begin your application:

  • Full name of applicant
  • Full contact details of applicant: address, telephone, fax, email
  • Field/Activities
  • Research/Clinical Research Interest
  • List of Publications/Abstracts
  • Letter of recommendation (acceptable format: GIF, BMP or JPEG)
  • A copy of ID with birth date clearly marked (GIF, BMP or JPEG). The age limit is 40

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