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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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June 6, 2024

Q&A with Dr. Ting Fu: Exploring the Role of Bile Acids in Colon Cancer

PhRMA Foundation awardee Dr. Ting Fu is researching the link between bile acid dysregulation in the gut and metabolic-related diseases such as colon cancer.
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May 28, 2024

Q&A with Dr. Xiaoshu Pan: Delivering Gene Therapies for Hearing Loss

Dr. Xiaoshu Pan of the University of Florida, is researching methods for the safe and effective delivery of gene therapies to the inner ear to treat deafness.
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May 21, 2024

Q&A with Alex LeNail: Bolstering Neurons’ Ability to Resist the Hallmarks of Aging

MIT graduate student Alex LeNail’s research aims to prevent the onset of brain diseases by fortifying the ability of neurons to maintain their health during aging.
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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.