Global Bridges and Pfizer Will Offer New Funding to Advance Tobacco Dependence Treatment Globally

Global Bridges: Healthcare Alliance for Tobacco Dependence Treatment, hosted at Mayo Clinic, and Pfizer Independent Grants for Learning & Change (IGLC) have agreed to continue our successful partnership with a new round of grant funding for projects outside the United States.  Up to US$2 Million in new funds will be available to support projects in the following categories:

  1. Extending proven tobacco dependence treatment training programs for healthcare professionals;
  2. Tobacco policy advocacy led by healthcare professionals; and
  3. Developing new healthcare professional training programs based on evidence and best practice.

Global Bridges and IGLC expect to jointly issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) in early February 2014.  Letters of Intent will be due in early March.  Proposals will be reviewed by an independent expert panel convened by Global Bridges.

“Global Bridges is pleased to collaborate with Pfizer IGLC in this effort,” said Richard D. Hurt M.D., Chairman of Global Bridges. “Since its inception in 2010, Global Bridges’ regional partners have trained over 2400 healthcare providers in 61 countries, and we are delighted that the new program will offer even more opportunities to build the network and expand the availability of effective treatment to tobacco users.”  This program will build on a similar partnership between IGLC and the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC), based at UCSF, which funds US-based projects.  SCLC participates in this effort on a voluntary basis.

Pfizer provided independent grant funding to Mayo Clinic in mid-2010 to establish the Global Bridges initiative; additional funding and in-kind support has come from the American Cancer Society, Mayo Clinic, regional partner organizations, and individual contributors.

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