History

Pfizer establishes the "Foundation Pfizer Research Prize" in 1991. A clear expression of Pfizer's commitment to medical research. In 1992, the foundation awarded the research prize for the first time and continues to do so to this day. The objective is to promote the development of new therapeutic approaches based on pure and applied medical research.

For the first four years, the Foundation awards the research prize exclusively in the field of cardiovascular disease. In 1995, the Foundation board and the benefactors decide to expand the award to include the fields of neuroscience and neurology, infectious diseases, rheumatology and immunology. In 2008, the field of oncology was added and in 2016 the field of pediatrics.

5 Research Fields

Independent scientific committees apply for the award of research prize in the following five research fields:

Cardiovascular Medicine, Urology and Nephrology

Infectious Diseases, Rheumatology and Immunology

Neuroscience and Neurology 

Oncology

Pediatrics

Prize Money

The prize money for each field is 30,000 Swiss francs (a total of 150,000 Swiss francs). In each field, one research project in pure research and one in clinical research can be awarded the prize. The prize money for each award is 15,000 Swiss francs.

Foundation Board

The Foundation board awards the Pfizer Research Prize based on applications from the scientific committees, who independently assess the projects.

Members of the Foundation board are:

Dr. med. Eva Graf, Pfizer AG

President of the Foundation board

Prof. Andrea Superti-Furga, Lausanne

Vice-President of the Foundation board

Sabine Bruckner, Pfizer AG

Martina Müller, Pfizer AG

Prof. Freddy Radtke, Lausanne

Scientific Committees

Cardiovascular Medicine, Urology and Nephrology

Prof. Frank Ruschitzka
Zürich

Prof. Jürg Ulrich Steiger
Basel

Infectious Diseases, Rheumatology and Immunology

Prof. Huldrych Günthard
Zürich

Prof. Adriano Fontana
Zürich

Neuroscience and Neurology

Prof. Erich Seifritz
Zürich

Prof. Werner K. Strik
Bern

Oncology

Prof. Freddy Radtke
Lausanne

Prof. Silke Gillessen Sommer
Bellinzona

Pediatrics

Prof. Andrea Superti-Furga
Lausanne

Prof. David Nadal
Zürich

Application for the Pfizer Research Prize

Are you a scientist at a Swiss research institute or hospital and no older than 45? Then apply for the Pfizer Research Prize for your outstanding research.