PCF-Pfizer Health Equity Challenge Awards

Funding Agency:
Pfizer Inc.

The intent of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to support general research projects that will improve the understanding of or reduce disparities in the diagnosis, management and outcomes of prostate cancer patients in minority and underserved communities.

General Research proposals in the following topic areas are of particular interest:

• Identification of barriers in the delivery of equitable healthcare

• Health Services research programs to study and optimize care delivery

Letter of Intent (LOI) due date: April 9, 2021

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Geographic Scope Global

To be eligible:

• Composed of a team of at least three (3) investigators, including one young investigator. Applicant (Principal Investigator; PI) must have a medical or doctoral degree (MD, PhD, ScD or equivalent), an advanced nursing degree (BSN with a MS/PhD), MPH or an advanced degree in Pharmacy, Psychology, Psychiatry, Sociology, Physiotherapy, or Social Work with an expertise in public health disparities relative to prostate cancer

• The young investigator may hold the title of Postdoctoral Fellow, Instructor, Research Associate, Assistant Professor, or equivalent and should be within six-years following completion of a professional degree (see above) or subsequent mentored academic or clinical training program.

• Applicants must be from non-profit/academic research center

• Both early career and experienced investigators are encouraged to apply, and consideration will be given to all proposals meeting the selection criteria

• Efforts to increase representation of diverse populations within the investigator team(s) and those designing research projects that are participatory and collaborative [inclusion of voices within the communities most impacted by disparities] are encouraged



Amount Description

• Expected individual grant amounts are in the range of $100K to $150K • Approximately $1.5 million USD are allocated to this general research • Applications will be reviewed by an expert review panel (ERP) • The amount of the grant Pfizer will be prepared to fund for any project will depend upon the expert review panel’s evaluation of the proposal and costs involved, and will be stated clearly in the grant agreement

Funding Type



Junior Faculty
Minorities encouraged


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

April 9, 2021