COVID-19 Patient Awareness

Funding Agency:
Pfizer Inc.

Pfizer Global Medical Grants (GMG) supports the global healthcare community’s independent initiatives (e.g., research, quality improvement, or education) to improve patient outcomes in areas of unmet medical need that are aligned with Pfizer’s medical and/or scientific strategies. Pfizer’s GMG competitive grant program involves a publicly posted general Request for Proposal (RFP) that provides detail regarding a general area of interest, sets timelines for review and approval, and uses an internal Pfizer review process to make final grant decisions. Organizations are invited to submit an application addressing the knowledge gaps as outlined in the specific RFP. 

Through this RFP it is our intent to support patient education programs   designed to increase the understanding and familiarity with risk factors associated with severe COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccination, the importance of timely testing among the general population, and information on available treatment options. Of particular interest are educational programs that focus on reaching the medically underserved and other under-immunized populations including those in both rural and urban settings.  

Prioritized topics that support the patient community in strengthened awareness and education include:  

• Understanding of the risk they may face in contracting SARS-CoV-2 and developing severe-COVID-19 (which includes hospitalization) as a result of their underlying health conditions or age  

• The importance of vaccination for disease prevention

 • The importance of seeking testing and engaging with health care providers when there is a suspicion/confirmed contact or when the patient has any COVID-19 symptoms  

• The short-term symptoms and long-term implications of COVID-19, including Post-Acute Sequelae from COVID-19 (PASC) 

• How to access up-to-date, accurate and credible information related to their diagnosis and treatment options  

We will consider proposals that focus on topics as outlined in the following two categories:

• CATEGORY A: Testing and Treatment

• CATEGORY B: Prevention, Testing, and Treatment

 Programs that strive to reduce health disparities, especially in minority and elderly populations, by understanding and stratifying risk by social determinants of health and following best-practice principles of health literacy are encouraged. This includes programs that contain multilingual resource options to support equitable, culturally competent education for the diverse demographics that exist within the geographic scope.  

Special attention should also be made to leveraging communication and engagement channels that best enable connection with identified target populations. This includes applications to repurpose existing educational resources into easy-to-use and easy-to-access delivery formats. We will also consider applications repurposing education or training resources that currently exist in one language but could be modified and translated to other languages and rolled out in different geographies.    

Given the current circumstances, programs that can be developed and launched rapidly will be prioritized.  

Grant Application due date: April 27, 2022 

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Geographic Scope: United States and Europe

• Patient organizations (patient advocacy groups, faith-based organizations) are encouraged to apply. In addition, professional associations and medical societies and other entities with a mission related to patient education may apply. We have a high interest in receiving applications for programs that will be led or co-led by representatives from a patient advocacy group or faith-based organization.  • If the project involves multiple departments within an institution and/or between different institutions / organizations / associations. all institutions must have a relevant role and the requesting organization must have a key role in the project. • For projects offering continuing education credit, the requesting organization must be accredited.  

Amount Description

Expected approximate range of grant awards:  • $25,000 to $75,000 USD for smaller local/regional programs • Maximum of $200,000 USD for larger national/global programs

The estimated total available budget related to this RFP is $1.4 million

Funding Type





Curriculum Development
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

April 27, 2022