Pfizer Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The Pfizer Foundation works to improve access to healthcare and promote medical innovation through education.

IP TAKE: While it Pfizer is very generous over all, funding initiatives both internationally and stateside, it spreads its giving around to a number of grantees. On top of that, the foundation is selective about which health initiatives it chooses to support.

PROFILE: The Pfizer Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the international pharmaceutical giant. The foundation provides “funding and resources to support programs that nurture innovation, strengthen healthcare capacity, address immediate and humanitarian health needs, and enhance the community involvement of Pfizer colleagues.” It offers “grant and investment funding” and “technical support” in its three main focus areas: Supporting Innovations in Global Health, Improving Women’s Health, and Supporting Breast Cancer Care Globally.

In its Global Health focus area, Pfizer offers the Global Health Innovations Grant (GHIG), which “provides grant funding and technical support to health-focused entrepreneurs and social enterprises in Africa, Latin America and Asia.” The foundation’s Breast Cancer grants “support a comprehensive and holistic approach toward the prevention and treatment of breast cancer” and “aim to improve access to quality healthcare for women.” Pfizer is currently pursuing these efforts in Peru, Brazil, Rwanda, and Kenya.

Apart from the foundation, Pfizer’s Independent Grants for Learning and Change program puts out a Request for Proposals every year, detailing its funding interests for that cycle. These grants support research into a wide range of diseases and disorders, including or related to ADHD, heart disease, dermatology, infectious diseases, migraines, oncology, pain, rare diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, vaccines, and women’s health.

Pfizer’s disease-related grants generally range from $5,000 to $50,000 range. Review the foundation’s grants database for more information on previously funded research.

Pfizer accepts letters of inquiry for its open Independent Grants. The foundation’s other grantmaking endeavors do not accept unsolicited applications.

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