​​Shimamoto Travel Grants

IS-MPMI provides travel grants to eligible IS-MPMI members who are students, post-docs, and early career professional members to provide travel support to the IS-MPMI Congress. Travel grant recipients will be based on the quality of the applicant's science reflected in the research abstract, impact statement, and curriculum vita.   

How to Apply

The application process is ​incorporated into the online 2023 Co​ngress ​abstract submission process. Simply indicate when submitting your abstract that you want to apply for a travel grant and the required travel application details will be provided in your submission for completion. ​It's recommended that you prepare your statement outside of the abstract submission system and simply cut and paste your response into the application portal when prompted. ​Applicants are required to be a current member of IS-MPMI ​in good standing to apply. 


IS-MPMI Student, Post-docs, and Early Career Professional members (i.e.​ individuals who have received a Ph.D. no more than 5 years prior to application) who are enrolled or employed in programs focused on molecular plant-microbe interaction research are eligible. Those selected to receive a travel grant must be current IS-MPMI members and will attend and present at the IS-MPMI Congress. 


Applications received by the deadline will be reviewed by a review committee. All applicants will be notified of final results.  

About the Fund

​​The IS-MPMI Shimamoto Travel Grant​ 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. 

Previous Travel Grant Recipients​