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Pfizer is pleased to announce the 2018 ASPIRE US/Canadian Sickle Cell Disease Competitive, Peer-Reviewed, Research Awards Program

As competition increases for limited research funding, the ASPIRE Sickle Cell Disease program offers a new opportunity for researchers in the United States and Canada, underscoring Pfizer’s commitment to supporting investigators with an interest in advancing innovation in Sickle Cell Disease.


  • To support basic science, translational and clinical research through a competitive grants program that advances medical knowledge in the pathogenesis and treatment of Sickle Cell Disease
  • To support innovative pilot studies focused on improving patient outcomes in Sickle Cell Disease
  • To support academic research as well as the career development of promising young and established scientists

Areas of Research Focus

Pfizer will consider applications for research projects which address laboratory investigation or clinical research in Sickle Cell Disease. Examples of research topics are listed for guidance; however, other applications will be considered.

  • Biomarkers of Sickle Cell Disease, including VOC
  • Novel potential drug targets in Sickle Cell Disease
  • Phenotypic differences in clinical course and/or response to therapy
  • Clinical trial endpoint validation in Sickle Cell Disease
  • Patient-Reported Outcomes (PRO), Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQOL)
  • Improving care of specific complications of Sickle Cell Disease
  • Improving care delivery models
  • Improving acute pain management
Proposals including PRO and/or HRQOL are encouraged.

Available Awards

The 2018 Sickle Cell Disease ASPIRE Program is open to investigators in the US and Canada. Review of applications will be performed by an independent, external panel of experts. Project duration should be 1 or 2 years, and the approximate total award will not exceed $55,000 US dollars total, inclusive of overhead costs (capped at 28%).

Applications must be received by Monday, March 19, 2018, 11:59 PM Pacific Daylight Time.