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To be eligible for an investigator award, applicants must have a professional degree (MD, PhD, PharmD or equivalent), and reside in the one of the following European countries:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom


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Applications are to be submitted to Pfizer through an online submission website. Please click on the link below to be routed to Pfizer’s investigator-initiated research website. Click on “Submit an IIR Request” and follow the online instructions. If this is your first time visiting the portal you must first “Create an Account”.

When asked if you are applying for a competitive grant program, select yes. Then, select the appropriate program name from the dropdown list.

Completed application must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • FULL finalized protocol (summary, objectives, background, methods, references)
  • Abbreviated curriculum vitae (CV) (limited to 3 pages)
  • Budget for proposed research
  • Cover letter on institution letterhead
  • 3 of the most relevant articles from the applicant’s scientific publications (if applicable)
  • Description of available laboratory facilities
  • Listing of other research support available with a description of overlap and, if applicable, a listing of consenting collaborators (including CVs)
  • Bibliography of relevant references


For online submission instructions click here
To apply for a EUROPE ASPIRE 2013 award click here

No other government, non-governmental, or industry-sponsored projects may cover the same work scope as the grant application to the ASPIRE Program. However, a ASPIRE Program grant may be related to other funding from foundations or government agencies, as long as there is no direct overlap. It is the responsibility of the applicant to justify the novelty of the proposal and provide evidence that the application does not overlap with any current or pending funding. Due to the competitive nature of these awards, Pfizer cannot provide any additional funding support beyond what has been requested and approved by the external independent review panel.


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