YPG Grant for Professional Innovation

Applications for the YPG Grant 2016-2017 are open. The winning project will be announced at the FIP Congress 2017 in Seoul.

The Grant
The Grant for Professional Innovation is offered by YPG and the FIP Foundation for Education and Research to support and encourage innovation in pharmacy.

YPG aims to support young pharmacist members from around the globe who have limited resources for professional organization involvement or their own research. The YPG Grant for professional innovation consists of € 1000 for the implementation of a project by a young pharmacist/pharmaceutical scientist. Projects can stem from any field of pharmacy (pharmacy practice, pharmaceutical science and/or pharmacy 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 Grant recipient may additionally be awarded a complementary registration, a return APEX airfare and hotel accommodation to attend the 78th FIP Congress in Glasgow, UK in 2018.


Judging Criteria
Applications will be evaluated based on five criteria: Significance and relevance, Creativity and innovation, Scientific Accuracy, Feasibility as well as Clarity of communication.

Grant Conditions
The Grant recipient is expected to submit a project report to the FIP Foundation and to present on the winning project at the 78th FIP Congress. In addition, the recipient will be obliged to submit interim reports and updates as required by YPG or the FIP Foundation. 

Eligibility - Applicants must be FIP-YPG members.

Deadline - 1st April 2017


Additional Information
Details about the Grant, including application procedures, are found in the application form. More information is also available at the FIP-YPG website or from the YPG Steering Committee at ypg@fip.org.

Full details of how to apply and the requirements applicants must meet are available in the following document:

You may find the following two new documents useful in the preparation of your application:

Previous winners of the YPG Grant for Professional Innovation


Arcelio Benetoli, currently living in Australia, was selected as the recipient of the 2015 YPG Grant for Professional Innovation. Commencing in 2013, Arcelio has been a PhD candidate in Pharmacy Practice at the University of Sydney, Australia. Prior to that, Arcelio received his MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the State University of Maringa, Brazil. Arcelio’s research focused on how consumers use social media for health purposes. The research comprised two phases: an observational study, which identified public chronic disease open Facebook (FB) groups whose content was quantitatively and qualitatively analyzed 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.


Vivian Tong, from Australia, was selected as the recipient of the 2014 YPG Grant for Professional Innovation. Commencing in 2012, Vivian has been a PhD Candidate at the University of Sydney. Her PhD focus is on optimizing written medicine information to support safe and appropriate consumer use of over-the-counter medications. Similarly, her research focus for the YPG Grant for Professional Innovation aimed to develop and test alternative standardized over the counter medicine label formats. The new labels were informed by consumer opinions and good information design. Results of the research found that the new labels performed well when user tested and consumers were able find and understand key points of information about their medication.


Cecilia Maldonado, from Uruguay.


Ramesh Walpola, from Australia, was selected as the recipient of the 2012 YPG Grant for Professional Innovation. Ramesh is a community pharmacist and received his pharmacy education from the University of Sydney. His research focused on patient safety education and aimed to develop and evaluate an introductory patient safety program involving a lecture and workshop that utilized senior student “peer leaders” to train junior students in basic patient safety principles and skills. The peer-led patient safety program has the potential for national and international expansion as a novel way to educate pharmacy students and young pharmacists about patient safety principles.





Julie Lauffenburger, from the USA.



Jonathan Penm, from Australia, has been selected as the recipient of 2010 YPG Grant for Professional Innovation with the project "The current status of the Basel Statements - assessing hospital pharmacy practices in the Western Pacific Region"

Jonathan is a clinical hospital pharmacist at Sydney Eye Hospital and Sydney Hospital and he is also a PhD candidate at The Univeristy of Sydney, Australia. His research area of interest lies in the field of pharmacy practice, with his thesis focusing on assessing hospital pharmacists' influence on prescribing in the Western Pacific Region based on the Basel Statements, produced by the International Pharmaceutical Federation Hospital Pharmacy Section (Fip HPS).




Claire Louse O'Reilly, from Australia, was the recipient of the 2009 FIP-YPG Grant for Professional Innovation. Her project titled "Reducing mental health stigma: Development of an e-learning program for pharmacist", will develop an innovative e-learning program to reduce mental health stigma among pharmacists. Stigma is cited as the greatest barrier to providing effective community-based mental healthcare. Claire's project aims to develop and pilot test an innovative e-learning program to reduce mental health stigma amongst pharmacists. The program is a simple and effective intervention that has the potential to be rolled out nationally and adapted internationally for use in educating pharmacy students and pharmacists in mental health.



Luther Gwaza is a Senior Regulatory Officer with the Pharmacovigilance and Clinical trials unit, Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ), the national drug regulatory agency in Zimbabwe. He is currently pursuing his Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree from the University of Zimbabwe. Luther is also an assistant lecturer of Pharmaceutics with the School of Pharmacy, University of Zimbabwe and is working with a final year pharmacy student on setting up methods to standardize African potato (hypoxis) commercial products. His interests include: drug development particularly in the area of pharmacokinetics, bioequivalence and the development of the pharmacy profession in Zimbabwe and other developing nations. He is actively involved in local and international pharmacy organisations.





The recipient of the 2007 FIP-YPG Innovation Grant was Christie Robinson, PharmD, from the USA. Her research titled “Improving Patient Self-Care through the Provision of Consumer Internet Health Education for Indigent HIV-positive Persons” will provide multi-disciplinary Internet health education classes to indigent HIV-positive persons. A health literacy assessment survey will be given before, immediately after, and three-months after the class. The basis for this research was an earlier survey she conducted, which supported the need for credible Internet resource education for this population. This research and education will aim to improve health literacy, Internet search strategies, disease-state knowledge, and self-care.



Dr. Rebekah Moles from Australia was selected to receive support by the 2006 FIP Young Pharmacists/Pharmaceutical Scientists Grant for Professional Innovation to implement her idea. Her project is entitled "Development of Medical Education Packages for Children and their Carers”. With the support of the Grant she plans to develop and standardized medication education packages for children and their carers in an effort to minimize medication misadventure and promote the role of the pharmacist in the society. Click here to download Rebekah's abstract and to learn more about her research project.






Past Beneficiaries of the FIP-YPG Young Pharmacist/Pharmaceutical Scientist Award (2002-2005)


The first Innovation Award was presented during the 2002 FIP World Congress in Nice , France to Nigel Hughes from Ireland . He developed a project on smoking cessation e-learning for pharmacists. Having identified that smoking was a major health problem and establishing that the pharmacy profession had a key role in reducing the incidence, his objective was to devise a system of educating pharmacists on smoking cessation, which will then enable them to set up a working cessation clinic in their pharmacy.




The Innovations Award for 2003 was granted to Mr. Suryadevara Pratap from India. Through his project entitled "My nutrition for my Health", Mr. Pratap hoped to address the issues of poor diet and nutrition by developing a self-assessment software programme where people can assess their daily diet. Self-assessment has been proven to be a good means of effecting lifestyle changes and by making recommendations to change diet, it is hoped that health can be improved and long term health problems can be reduced.





The winner of the third FIP-YPG Young Pharmacist/Pharmaceutical Scientist Award was Mr. Pedro Coelho from Portugal. Pedro’s project focuses on developing an e-learning database as a tool to promote continious education amongst pharmacists. This idea stemmed from a recent requirement for Portuguese pharmacists to obtain continuing education credits. The e-learning database will enable pharmacists to access and complete qualifying education courses online and will contribute for the possitive immage of the profession.



Mr. Uwubanmwen Osak Andrew om Nigeria won the 20o6 FIP Young Pharmacists/Pharmaceutical Scientist’s Award for Professional Innovation with an entry titled “Our Water, Our Immunization”. The availability of drinking water is meant to attract people to the centre regularly and therefore support patient compliance with immunization programmes. He planned to combine a safe water facility with a vaccination and birth registration centre in his home country of Nigeria.

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