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Healthcare Organisation grants and donations

Pfizer is committed to being transparent about how we operate as a business and about the relationships we have with other organisations.

We are therefore disclosing an additional level of detail which provides a brief summary about each of our Medical and Educational Goods and Services (MEGS), donations and grants; this is consistent with the format we follow for our disclosure of the support we provide to Patient Organisations.



The MEGS that we provide are in the form of financial grants or services delivered by a Pfizer colleague or a third party supplier engaged by Pfizer. MEGS are intended to either enhance patient care or benefit the NHS and maintain patient care; they cannot be linked to prescribing or use of specific medicines. Pfizer’s involvement is strictly limited to the provision or delivery of the MEGS grant or service and we do not receive any direct benefit in return.

We are proud to support patients and the NHS through MEGS but we do not proactively share detailed outcomes analyses of these projects. Instead, the decision to share more in-depth information is at the discretion of the healthcare organisations themselves.


Historical MEGS reports 

Since 2015, we have also shared details of all other types of payments made by Pfizer the previous year. You can find out more about Pfizer’s 2017 payments to UK Healthcare Professionals and Healthcare Organisations here.


Charitable contribution or business donations

A charitable contribution or business donation is defined as providing funding, equipment or free products (other than educational grants, research grants or corporate sponsorships) to a third party to support public interest activities. Charitable contributions are made to charities whereas business donations can be made to other types of entities (for example hospitals or institutions).

Unlike MEGS, charitable contributions or business donations don’t need to expressly benefit patients and can have a solely altruistic purpose or be made at the behest of a consultant.


Educational Grants

An educational grant is funding provided by Pfizer to an entity to support a bona fide, independent educational programme in areas of interest to Pfizer, such as medical science or public health policy. The primary purpose of the support is the provision of a legitimate educational programme and not an opportunity to promote Pfizer’s products, brands or business. Educational grants are always provided to entities and never to individuals. Within the UK, Pfizer primarily supports HCOs through MEGS but we also report education grants because they are occasionally given to UK-based organisations through our globally-administered educational grants programmes.



Through studentships, graduates undertake a research project to gain a PhD. Pfizer does not directly fund students, but provides a number of grants every year to universities to support PhD studentships.


PP-PFE-GBR-1271 / June 2018