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PhRMA Foundation Awards $1M for Equity-Focused Research on Digital Health Tools

The PhRMA Foundation awarded $500,000 grants to two researchers to conduct studies using digital health technologies to improve health equity and health outcomes for patients.

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Research Areas

The PhRMA Foundation funds researchers working on the frontiers of variety of disciplines that impact patient health.


Read the latest news from the PhRMA Foundation blog.

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July 17, 2024

Q&A with Dr. Briana Simms: Designing the Next Generation of Lipid Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery

PhRMA Foundation awardee Dr. Briana Simms of University of Cincinnati is developing improved lipid nanoparticles to better deliver medicines to the body.
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July 10, 2024

Q&A with Dr. Tze Ning Hiew: Engineering Safer Film Coating for Pills

Dr. Tze Ning Hiew of the University of Iowa received a 2024 PhRMA Foundation grant for her research to develop better opacifiers for pharmaceutical use.
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July 3, 2024

Q&A with Xiyin Wang: Targeting a Shared Vulnerability in Breast and Ovarian Cancer

Xiyin Wang of Mayo Clinic received a 2024 PhF award for his research on a common molecular feature essential for the survival of breast and ovarian cancer.
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Awardee Spotlight

Briana Simms, PhD

  • University of Cincinnati

“This funding means that I get to design and develop a new generation of lipid nanomaterials alongside my friend and colleague, while empowering the next generation of stem scholars. It’s truly the best of all worlds.”

Grants & Fellowships

The PhRMA Foundation catalyzes the careers of promising researchers through competitive, peer-reviewed grants and fellowships.

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Predoctoral Fellowships

PhRMA Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships provide up to two years in stipend support for full-time graduate students who are engaged in thesis research and have completed most of their pre-thesis requirements.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

PhRMA Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships provide up to two years of stipend support to promising postdoctoral trainees who seek to further develop and refine their research skills.

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Faculty Starter Grants

PhRMA Foundation Faculty Starter Grants provide support to promising young scientists beginning independent research careers at the faculty level.

Special Awards

The PhRMA Foundation periodically offers special funding opportunities to address specific research questions or topics of interest.


The PhRMA Foundation owes its success to the pharmaceutical companies that have provided generous support over the past 60 years.