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Application Process

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

2021 Center of Excellence Application

2021 Center of Excellence Additional Documentation

2022 Center of Excellence Renewal Checklist

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

A WAO Center of Excellence (WCOE) 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.

  • The WCOE should have a well-established organization with good governance and infrastructure and recognized mentors in allergy, asthma and clinical immunology.

  • The WCOE should have diverse faculty representing three or more clinical subspecialties.

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

  • Research: Specifically in basic and clinical research, with goals for multidisciplinary activities.

  • 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).

  • Basic Science: Should have recognized MSc or PhD programs engaged in allergy, asthma and clinical immunology, and proposed goals for multidisciplinary activity and innovation.

  • Education and Training: Present a clearly articulated and recognized education/training program serving the mission of WAO.

  • 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.


The continuation as a WCOE will be revised every three years. To keep the status as a WCOE the center must demonstrate 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


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.


Applications are now open until Wednesday, 1 December 2021.

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