A Quality Improvement Grant Request for Proposals (RFP) Addressing Social Health Needs in Chronic and Preventative Disease

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 Request for Proposal (RFP) that provides detail regarding a specific area of interest, sets timelines for review and approval, and uses an external review panel (ERP) to make final grant decisions. Organizations are invited to submit an application addressing the specific gaps in practice as outlined in the specific RFP.

The intent of this RFP is to encourage proposals to join a Learning and Action Network (LAN) to support the journey of health care organizations seeking to integrate social care into health care delivery in pursuit of improved health, well-being, and equity for their populations. The LAN will focus on the social care integration work of 3-5 integrated delivery networks (IDNs) in the United States, also known as health systems - organizations that own and operate a network of one or more health care facilities. Each selected IDN will set 12-month goals specific to their contexts. Participants will test social care integration strategies with their patient populations and share their results both with one another and stakeholders in their own IDNs to enhance the rate of learning and improvement. This LAN will be convened by IHI and funded by Pfizer.

In this time of rapid transformation of health care systems across the country, leaders are seeking and creating new value-based care models for populations that are increasingly heterogeneous and complex. To keep the promise of the Triple Aim of better care, at lower costs, for more of the population, leaders are redesigning care systems to include partnerships and service models that directly address both the social determinants of health (SDOH - the conditions in the environment in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect health outcomes and risks, functioning, and quality-of-life) as well as social health needs (the needs that arise in particular individuals or populations as a consequence of those social determinants). Studies indicate that SDOH account for up to 55% of health outcomes1. Accounting for social risk factors is vital to improving both primary prevention and the treatment of acute and chronic illness.

Full Proposal Deadline: June 3, 2021

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Eligibility Requirements

Geographic Scope: Integrated delivery networks (IDNs) in the United States

• Only organizations are eligible to receive grants, not individuals or medical practice groups.

• Integrated delivery networks (IDNs) in the United States, also known as health systems - organizations that own and operate a network of one or more health care facilities and are early in their social care integration journey. Priority will be given to organizations that would benefit most significantly from participation in the Learning and Action Network (LAN).



Amount Description

Individual projects requesting up to $250,000 will be considered. The total available budget related to this RFP is $1,000,000.

Funding Type





Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational
Social Sciences

External Deadline

June 3, 2021