Pre-clinical & Translational Research in Multiple Myeloma

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 research gaps as outlined in the specific RFP.

Only pre-clinical projects with a focus on these areas of interest will be considered for Pfizer support at this time:

• Correlation between soluble B-cell Maturation Antigen (sBCMA) at baseline with FLC, M-spike, deepness of overall response, MRDnegativity, and response to prior therapy

• Understanding the kinetics of sBCMA vs long-term responses (e.g., DoR, PFS, OS)

• Mechanisms of resistance (e.g., role of sBCMA in resistance/relapse; downregulation of membrane bound BCMA; T-cell exhaustion)

• Correlation between Soluble BCMA and BCMA expression on myeloma cells

• Impact of prior treatment with BCMA-targeting agents on BCMA expression and sBCMA levels

• Mechanistic understanding of the impact of anti-myeloma agents (e.g., IMiDs, anti-CD38, proteasome inhibitors, dexamethasone) on elranatamab-mediated T-cell activation and anti-myeloma activity

• Exploring in-vitro or in-vivo novel combinations with elranatamab (PF06863135)

Full Proposal Grant Application due date: May 17, 2021

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Geographic Scope: United States and Canada

• The institution and principal investigator (PI) must be based in one of the eligible countries noted above. • Only organizations are eligible to receive grants, not individuals or medical practice groups. • The applicant (PI) must have a medical or postdoctoral degree (MD, PhD, or equivalent), an advanced nursing degree (BSN with a MS/PhD), or a degree in Pharmacy. • Applicant must be affiliated with a host institution



Amount Description

• Individual projects requesting up to $150,000 will be considered. The estimated total available budget related to this RFP is $500,000. • Compound-only requests (with no funding requested) may also come through this RFP • Proposals may be drug-only or funding-only or drug plus funding

Funding Type



Post Doctoral Fellows


Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

May 17, 2021