The Award is given at each Congress to three individuals to honour those who have made major contributions to the field as it has developed. The contributions may be in research, clinical, or administrative areas but must be internationally recognized as significant to the growth of the field. Pioneer Awardees receive round trip economy air travel and accommodation at the 31st CINP World Congress in Vienna, Austria paid registration fees and appropriate recognition at the meeting.
2016: George Aghajanain, (USA), Sun Kil Min, (Republic of Korea), Herbert Meltzer, (USA), Stuart Montgomery, (UK)
2014: Julien Mendlewicz (Belgium), Thomas Südhof (USA), Solomon Snyder (USA)
2012: William Bunney (USA), Karl Rickels (USA), Moussa L. Youdim (Israel)
2010: Per Bech (Denmark), Salomon Langer (Israel), Teruo Okuma (Japan)
2008: Jean-Pierre Changeux (France), Samuel Gershon (USA), Hannah Steinberg (UK)
2006: Leonard Cook (USA), Fridolin Sulser (USA), Merton Sandler (UK)
2004: Hanns Hippius (Germany), Alfred Pletscher (Switzerland), Herman M. van Praag (The Netherlands)