2019 ​IS-MPMI Congress: Shimamoto Travel Awards​​​​

2019 Application Process is CLOSED. Check back for timing and deatils for the 2021 Congress.

IS-MPMI will be distributing travel awards for eligible students, post-docs, and early career professionals to attend the IS-MPMI XVIII Congress, July 14-18, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. 

Awards up to $1,500 (depending on travel distance) will be given to pay for registration, travel, and/or lodging expenses. Award selection will be based on the quality of the applicant's science reflected in the research abstract, impact statement and curriculum vita.  

New Submission Process this Year

The application process has been incorporated into the online Congress abstract submission process. Simply indicate when submitting your abstract that you want to apply for a travel award and the required travel application details will be provided in your submission for completion.
Please note: We strongly encourage you to prepare your statement outside of the system and simply cut and paste your response when prompted.


The application process for 2019 is now closed. Check back for timing and details for the 2021 Congress.


Students, post-docs, and early career professionals (i.e. individuals who have received a Ph.D. no more than 5 years prior to application) enrolled or employed in programs focused on molecular plant-microbe interaction research are eligible.   

Application Details

Applications must be submitted via the Congress abstract submission system the following information will be needed:
  • An abstract of research to be presented at the XVIII Congress.
  • A statement (up to one-page) indicating how your attendance at the Congress will benefit the Congress, and how it will benefit your career goals. Ethnic and gender diversity, disabilities, and veteran status (U.S. applicants) will be considered in order to achieve a broad and balanced awardee portfolio. Applicants are encouraged to address these topics in their impact statement, if relevant.
  • Name and email of one faculty member as endorsement for your application.
  • A curriculum vitae


Award Results

The award jury will review all applications received by the deadline and all applicants will be notified in no longer than a month after the deadline of the travel award results. IS-MPMI membership is required prior to receipt of the award funds.  

​​The IS-MPMI Congress Awards are named in honor of Dr. Ko Shimamoto. Dr. Shimamoto made notable contributions to the fields of flowering and plant immunity that brought him respect and recognition worldwide. The awards are named in recognition for his service as the chair and main organizer of the XV International Congress of Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions that was held in Kyoto in 2012. He played a critical role in promoting and developing MPMI research in Asia. The Kyoto Congress, he so successfully organized, was the first that IS-MPMI held in Asia. He is fondly remembered for his kind and gentle character, his dedication to his students, and his role as an inspiring and caring mentor. 


2014 Congress Travel Awardees

2016 Congress Travel Awardees