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Addressing Racial Disparities in Cancer Care Competitive Grant Program


The American Cancer Society and Pfizer Global Medical Grants are collaborating to offer a new competitive grant opportunity focused on addressing systemic race-related barriers that contribute to disparities in outcomes among Black men and women with cancer.

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is not specific to one cancer type. Proposals should identify and address systemic race-related barriers and disparities in the delivery of care that impact outcomes regardless of cancer type. At a time when racism is at the center of our national conversation, we must aspire to reduce disparities and strive for equity in the delivery of cancer care.


The intent of this grants program is to support quality improvement projects that reduce systemic barriers and address disparities in the delivery of cancer care impacting outcomes for Black men and women facing cancer.

It is expected that projects are built on the foundation of an evidence based approach and the proposed research/evaluation plan will follow generally accepted scientific principles. During review, the intended outcome(s) of the project will be given careful consideration and projects with the maximum likelihood to directly impact patient care for Black patients across multiple cancer types and those that may be scaled or replicated will be given high priority.

The intent of the collaboration is to support proposals addressing systemic disparities along the continuum of cancer care. Example project proposal topics:

  • Screening
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment selection
  • Treatment outcomes
  • Clinical trials participation
  • Access to care (e.g. social support, navigation, geographic barriers)
  • Socioeconomic barriers
  • Age-related barriers(e.g. undertreatment of older people)
  • Management of co-morbidities
  • Delays in diagnosis, treatment, and/or healthcare delivery

Funding Amount + Term

Grants will be funded up to $400,000 for two years.


Proposals are due by September 10, 2020 and consists of:

  • Cover page
  • Table of contents
  • Proposal (15 pages max) that has the following sections:
    • Goals & Objectives
    • Assessment of Need for the Project
    • Target Audience
    • Project Design + Methods
    • Innovation
    • Evaluation & Outcomes
    • Work plan & Deliverables Schedule
  • References
  • Organizational Detail (3 pages)
  • Biosketches
  • Letters of support

For the full RFA, click here.

Interested faculty should contact Andrew Isaac, foundation relations manager, at


Kelsey Bennett