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Application Process

Call for Applications

To apply for recognition as a WAO Center of Excellence, please send the requested application information below to info@worldallergy.org by Wednesday, 1 December 2021.

Criteria for World Allergy Organization Center of Excellence (WCOE) selection and renewal

A WAO Center of Excellence is identified as a multidisciplinary group, based in an academic institution, encompassing three or more subspecialties with the following components:

  • The WCOE should have a clear mission in line with WAO’s mission with the purpose and aims for advancing allergy, asthma and clinical immunology as a multidisciplinary field. This criterion will be supported by:
    • Document(s) supporting the existence of graduate programs, including number of academics and students.
    • List of at least 10 peer-reviewed publications during the last three (3) years in the field of allergy and immunology.  
  • The WCOE should have a well-established organization with good governance and infrastructure and recognized mentors in allergy, asthma and clinical immunology. This criterion will be supported by:
    • CVs of at least 10 mentors directly linked to the proposed WCOE.
    • A detailed description of the facilities of the proposed WCOE.
    • A letter of support from a respected individual not affiliated with your center who has visited and can speak to the center’s standing and infrastructure.
    • A letter of support from your National Allergy Society, which must be a WAO member society; this letter should note the center’s standing in the country and its infrastructure
  • The WCOE should have diverse faculty representing three or more clinical subspecialties. This criterion will be supported by:
    • Official document listing the center leadership with names and specialty of each member.

A WAO Center of Excellence should be proficient in the following areas:

  • Research: Specifically in basic and clinical research, with goals for multidisciplinary activities. This proficiency shall be supported by:
    • The above noted list of at least 10 peer-reviewed publications during the past three (3) years
    • Document(s) listing all international collaborative research efforts
  • Clinical Aspects: Have recognized programs engaged in allergy, asthma and clinical immunology, and proposed goals for multidisciplinary activity and clinical innovation. Ideally is also involved in national or international patient registry(ies). This proficiency shall be supported by:
    • Above noted document(s) supporting the existence of graduate programs, including number of academics and students.
    • Document(s) listing any patient registries (if applicable).
  • Basic Science: Should have recognized MSc or PhD programs engaged in allergy, asthma and clinical immunology, and proposed goals for multidisciplinary activity and innovation. This proficiency shall be supported by:
    • Above noted document(s) supporting the existence of graduate programs, including number of academics and students.
  • Education and Training: Present a clearly articulated and recognized education/training program serving the mission of WAO. This proficiency shall be supported by:
    • Above noted document(s) supporting the existence of graduate programs, including number of academics and students.
    • Names of at least two graduate students having finished their training the past three years.
  • Networking / Advocacy: The center must prove involvement with advocacy activities at the national or international level (i.e., programming, education) with patients, patient groups, lay community, and/or government. This proficiency shall be supported by:
    • List of active participation in advocacy and networking during the last three years.

Continuation & Renewal as a WCOE

  • The status as a WCOE will be revised every three years. To keep the status of a WCOE the center must demonstrate the accomplishment of the following requisites:
    • At least 4 peer-reviewed publications related to allergy and immunology during the previous three years
    • At least 2 graduate students finished training at the center
    • Having obtained at least one grant for basic or clinical research
    • Having organized or participated in three independent (of WAO) advocacy activities
    • Having actively participated in World Allergy Week, which is organized by WAO
    • Having organized at least three academic activities (seminars, short courses, congresses, workshops) related to allergy and immunology

Benefits

The benefits of becoming a WAO Centers of Excellence include:

  • Opportunity to collaborate with WAO on educational programs and suggest topics for educational resources
  • Provide scientific support in the development and dissemination of global educational resources
  • Opportunity to network with other centers of excellence to form international relationships and partnerships, which may include joint mentorship, research fellowships, etc. with other leading centers globally
  • The Center receives a Plaque from WAO as a proof of its status as a WAO Center of Excellence.
  • Opportunity for your center's Fellows and Junior Members to collaborate with other global Junior Members through WAO's Junior Members Group

Applications are now open until Wednesday, 1 December 2021.

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