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Our vision is a healthier world where all people have access to innovative,
life-changing medicines.

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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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November 27, 2023

Q&A with Dr. Swarup Mitra: Treating Opioid Use Disorder With a Novel Class of Drugs

Swarup Mitra, PhD, received a 2023 Faculty Starter Grant in Drug Discovery for his research on treatments for opioid use disorder.
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November 20, 2023

Q&A with Dr. Surachat Ngorsuraches: Incorporating Equity Into Health Care Value Assessment

Dr. Surachat Ngorsuraches is exploring methods for capturing patient preferences on the value of health care while also incorporating equity considerations.
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November 16, 2023

Q&A with Leora Goldbloom-Helzner: Engineering Nanoparticles for Spinal Cord Injury Regeneration

PhRMA Foundation awardee Leora Goldbloom-Helzner is engineering small nanoparticles to deliver regenerative treatment to spinal cord injury sites.
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Awardee Spotlight

Ding Quan (Quinton) Ng

  • University of California, Irvine

“I am very honored to receive the prestigious PhRMA Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship. It has provided the confidence to pursue independent research in improving cancer-related health outcomes, specifically in cancer survivorship and supportive care.”

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.