Call for Grant Applications (CGA): Advances in Immuno-Oncology

Funding Agency:
Pfizer Inc.

Pfizer - Independent Grants for Learning & Change (IGLC) and Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany - Global Medical Education (GME) are collaborating to provide grant support for continuing professional education in the area of Immuno-Oncology. Immuno-Oncology is a top priority for Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, and Pfizer Inc. The global strategic alliance between our companies enables us to benefit from each other’s strengths and capabilities.

Through this CGA we encourage organizations to submit grant requests that, if funded, will support education in a specific disease state, therapeutic area, or broader area of educational need. The content or format of educational activities or related materials must promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.

Specifically within lung, bladder, ovarian, renal, skin, gastric, and/or head & neck cancers -

1. Increase understanding of the rationale for novel IO strategies such as anti-PD-1/PD-L1 therapy.

2. Increase awareness of when immunotherapy should be considered as a treatment option for patients to include patient selection, treatment sequencing, and drug combinations.

3. Improve ability to manage associated IO treatment issues including side effects and progression 

The target learner audiences include: Medical Oncologists, Surgeons, Health System Pharmacists, Physician Assistants & Oncology Nurses. 

All CME/CE activity types will be considered through this CGA including but not limited to; national or regional symposia, workshops, regional community series; online courses & tools, print materials and other enduring materials. Proposals may take a curriculum approach or have multiple components/activities. 

Grant application due date: May 31, 2018

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Eligibility Requirements

Geographic Scope:

  • North America: Canada, United States
  • Europe: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom
  • Asia/Pacific: Japan, Australia

The following may apply: medical, nursing, allied health, and/or pharmacy professional schools; healthcare institutions (both large and small); professional associations and medical societies; medical education companies; and other entities with a mission related to healthcare professional education and/or healthcare improvement. 



Amount Description

The total available budget related to this CGA is approximately $800,000. The typical grant maximum under this CGA will be up to $250,000. However larger proposals will be considered for funding if they include multiple activities such as several live events, enduring activities, and supportive materials and tools. Smaller educational proposals are also encouraged. Organizations that would like to develop activities for a more limited regional or local group of healthcare providers should also apply. Typically grant amounts for local or regional activities should not exceed around $50,000 USD.

Funding Type





Curriculum Development
International Opportunities
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science

External Deadline

May 31, 2018