Pfizer Independent Grants for Learning & Change (IGLC)

Independent Grants for Learning & Change
Request for Proposals (RFP)
Supporting Educational Programs for Radical Reform of Pain Treatment in Japan

The mission of Pfizer Independent Grants for Learning & Change (IGLC) is to partner with the global healthcare community to improve patient outcomes in areas of mutual interest through support of measurable learning and change strategies. “Independent” means that the projects funded by Pfizer are the full responsibility of the recipient organization. Pfizer has no influence over any aspect of the projects and only asks for reports about the results and the impact of the projects in order to share them publicly.

The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) is the preeminent scientific society supporting activities related to the study and treatment of pain globally. IASP’s mission is to bring together scientists, clinicians, healthcare providers, and policymakers to stimulate and support the study of pain and to translate that knowledge into improved pain relief worldwide. The society represents a multidisciplinary membership of more than 7,000 individuals from 130 countries. Together, the IASP leadership and members strive to achieve the society’s vision of: “Working together for pain relief throughout the world.”

The Japanese Association for the Study of Pain (JASP) is an IASP chapter. JASP expands IASP’s activities throughout Japan and internationally presents study results and treatment of pain in Japan.

This RFP will be conducted jointly by IASP, JASP, and Pfizer.

Letter of Intent Due Date: September 30, 2018

Link to full request for proposal: 
View the RFP in English. 
View the RFP in Japanese.

Geographic Area: Japan ONLY

Clinical Area: Chronic Pain

Language: Applications will be accepted in Japanese and English.

Applicant Eligibility Criteria: Applicants need to belong to any of the following facilities or groups and apply for the grants as such a facility or group. Individuals are not allowed to apply for grants.

  • university, university hospital, regional core hospital, other medical educational institutes
  • medical scientific meeting, study group, etc.
  • medical incorporated foundation, NPO corporate, etc.
  • medical/scientific association, pharmaceutical association, dental association
  • other groups providing medical education

When applying for a grant, approval from each affiliated facility or group must be obtained.

Target Audience: All eligible people who receive education about pain, e.g., doctors (primary and secondary care), nurses, physiotherapists, certified clinical psychologists, dentists, university lecturers/researchers, other healthcare providers, patients with pain, ordinary citizens, and policymakers involved in health policy.

Expected Approximate Monetary Range of Grant Applications: 
The total available budget related to this RFP is US$2,000,000.

Ceiling for one project:

  1. Small-scale project: up to $50,000 USD
  2. Large-scale project: up to $250,000 USD

The amount of grants shall be decided at the review committee mainly comprised of IASP and JASP members.

Specific Area of Interest: This proposal is intended to stimulate pain education efforts for health care providers in multiple specialties focused on the needs of pain patients throughout Japan mentioned earlier such as: improving education of pain for healthcare providers engaged in pain treatment, introducing pain education in the course of training healthcare providers, emphasizing the importance of ordinary citizen’s understanding for pain/understanding of medical examination, and emphasizing importance of pain education and the societal impact of pain to policy makers.

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Select the following Area of Interest: Supporting Study Programs for Radical Reform of Pain Treatment in Japan

Requirements for submission: Complete all required sections of the online application and upload the completed LOI template (see Appendix).

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IMPORTANT: Be advised applications submitted through the wrong application type and/or submitted after the due date will not be reviewed by the committee.

View the complete details in the Full RFP document.

If you have questions regarding this RFP, please direct them in writing to, with the subject line, “Supporting Study Programs for Radical Reform of Pain Treatment in Japan.”