Pfizer Foundation: Grants for Disease

OVERVIEW: The Pfizer Foundation is the charitable arm of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer. It's aimed at improving access to healthcare and promoting medical innovation through education.

IP TAKE: If you want money from the Pfizer Foundation, you have to be willing to fight for it. While it's very generous overall, funding initiatives both internationally and stateside, it spreads its giving around to a pretty good number of grantees. On top of that, the foundation is definitely choosy about which health initiatives it chooses to support.

PROFILE: The Pfizer Foundation offers a number of different types of funding, but in the disease space, would-be grantees should seek out its Health Care Charitables and Independent Grants for Learning and Change programs.

Pfizer’s Health Care Charitables program restricts its disease grantmaking to “patient advocacy for disease awareness.” In other words, you won’t find any research dollars here. The foundation has an open application process for this program, with deadlines typically falling on the first of December, March, June and September.

The foundation’s Independent Grants for Learning and Change program puts out a Request for Proposals every year, detailing its funding interests for that cycle. Pfizer does tend to have a pretty substantial list of disease specific research it’s interested in funding--mostly of the non-communicable variety; however, a few infectious diseases are sometimes peppered in.

Disease related grant amounts out of Pfizer vary pretty widely from a low end of $500 to a high end of around $300,000. However, most grants fall into the $5,000 to $50,000 range.