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Pain Schools

What are the European Pain Federation EFIC® Pain Schools?

An EFIC Pain School is an in-person educational event, usually spanning 3-4 days, wherein a group of healthcare professionals receive high quality hands-on and interactive teaching from leading pain educators. The teaching should be reflective of EFIC’s postgraduate curricula, and a pool of participants should be able to attend free of charge and with minimal cost, on the basis of a grant provided by EFIC to the hosts. EFIC Pain Schools are taught in English.

Objectives of an EFIC Pain School:

  1. Provide a high-quality engaging European education experience for attendees
  2. Focus on clinical management aspects but maintain an emphasis on the latest (translational) research
  3. Bring the EFIC curricula to life and go further than is possible with an EFIC refresher course or e-learning session
  4. Promote access to medical and allied health professionals (nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists) and attendees from less economically developed countries
  5. Facilitate interprofessional collaboration, as well as collaboration between clinicians and researchers.

Want to learn more about our EFIC Pain Schools? Check out our EFIC Pain Schools at a glance.

How can I apply for a grant to attend a European Pain Federation EFIC® Pain School?
  • EFIC offer a certain number of places per Pain School free of charge via a grant. For these applicants, all teaching and related activities are provided for free, along with accommodation and meals. The only significant cost these applicants should expect to pay is their travel.
  • Candidates should apply via EFIC centrally. See the subpage of each Pain School for more information.
  • If you are subscribed to our mailing list, you will be informed whenever a registration process has opened.
  • All applications are evaluated by the European Pain Federation EFIC® Committee on Education and approved by the Executive Board.
  • If a successful applicant is not able to attend the Pain School for any reason, the applicant or the Councillor representing the applicant must inform the office, the Pain School and the respective Councillor in writing minimum 30 working days before the start of the Pain School. If no prior notice is received in this time period, and if no force majeure circumstances apply, the applicant may be excluded from future participation in EFIC’s educational activities.
Is it possible to attend a Pain School without the Grant?

EFIC Pain Schools are usually open to self-paying attendees. If you are interested in attending and you did not apply for or receive a funded place, please contact or the Pain School organizer directly.

Travel information

EFIC Pain Schools may require international travel. Please check the visa requirements relevant to your country and allow sufficient time to request any documentation required.

Guidance for new Pain Schools
Tender Process for a new EFIC Pain School - 2024

Guidance for proposers 

The European Pain Federation EFIC is seeking proposals for new ‘EFIC Pain Schools’, for which EFIC will provide a fixed grant. Proposals will be evaluated by the EFIC Education Committee and successful proposers will be provided with the grant to support the implementation of the event. Our ambition is for a new EFIC Pain School to be chosen each year, ideally covering an area of pain management not recently covered by other recent EFIC Pain Schools.  

The funding provided will be 18,000 euros. 

Proposals should take into account EFIC’s manual for EFIC Pain Schools and should follow the accompanying proposal form. Adherence to the manual and the principles of what defines an EFIC Pain School is essential.  

We are currently seeking proposals for the year 2024. The school can be proposed at a time of the proposers choosing, though we advise it takes place no earlier than 1st May 2024, in order to manage promotion and registration of attendees. 

The deadline for proposals is 31th October 2023 

Proposers should be notified of their status by 15th December 2023.

Proposals will be evaluated by the EFIC Education Committee, in consultation with the Executive Board and Executive Office. Feedback will be provided to successful and unsuccessful applicants. 

EFIC is especially looking for proposals on the following topics:

  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Pain in primary care
  • Pain psychology for non-psychologists
  • Proposals for Schools situated in Eastern Europe


Please find the proposal form here.