The ISPD International Studies Committee exists to encourage high quality, international research collaborations. Many problems in PD can only be answered effectively by such collaborative ventures, especially when large numbers of patients are required. The committee, which comprises a clinical research representative from each continent, undertakes to conduct peer review of research proposals, and subsequently endorsement by the society where appropriate. Studies currently endorsed are SONG-PD, IDEAL, the GLOBAL Fluid Study and the International Paediatric Peritonitis Registry. Small grants ($5-10,000) have been awarded at the discretion of Council to help enable these projects, in the context of additional funding obtained by the researchers.

Application Process

Funding rounds open in December each year with applications closing in mid-January.

The call for 2019 opens in December 2019 and closes on 15 January, 2020.

Those wishing to approach the committee with a research proposal are encouraged to discuss this informally first with the chair, Thaygo Proenca, by emailing: Full applications should also be submitted to the same email address: The committee would hope to endorse at least one project per year.

Downloadable file on how to submit your study proposal for ISPD support.