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Pfizer offers $50,000 health literacy grants

Pfizer Inc. has announced the 1999 Health Literary Grant Program, a program designed to advance health literacy.

Pfizer invites applications for two grants of $50,000 each, one for research to advance the understanding of health literacy, the second for an intervention to solve problems associated with low levels of health literacy.

Examples of projects include developing new measures or new ways of looking at the causes or impact of health literacy, developing programs that demonstrate improved health literacy, or creating policy initiatives that lead to improved health out-comes.

Grants may be used to supplement a specific aspect of already existing programs or research but may not be used to supplant existing funding.

No additional funds can be provided to cover institutional overhead.

Pfizer officials said these grants are designed to stimulate investigators to generate new knowledge, create solutions, increase the visibility and importance of health literacy and attract new students and scholars to its service.

These grants are meant to serve as one small step toward the elimination of the problems associated with low levels of health literacy.

Applications are encouraged from investigators in diverse fields such as health literacy, education, economics, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, sociology, political science, health policy, law, philosophy, journalism, social work, the management sciences, and ethics.

Proposals from community-based organizations are welcomed.

Application deadline is Sept. 15. Grants will be awarded in December. Applicants not receiving awards may have an opportunity to discuss furthering their research effort in conjunction with Pfizer, should the company express interest in a particular research project.

For a copy of the guidelines, contact the Office of Development at 442-2358. For scientific or academic-related questions, contact Richard Lolley, associate dean for research, at 442-1607 or via e-mail at

Those receiving funding as a result of this request for proposals (RFP) should contact Michelle McQuade, assistant director, in the Office of Development at 442-2355.

Pfizer offers $50,000 health literacy grants

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