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About our US Contributions program
At AstraZeneca we are focused on making a meaningful and sustainable difference in patients’ lives. We know we can’t do it alone, and that’s why supporting programs and initiatives that tackle some of the most challenging problems in healthcare today remains a priority.
As we look to the future, we understand the value of collaboration and partnerships. Through our US Contributions program, AstraZeneca supports nonprofit patient organizations, hospitals and clinics, civic and public organizations, and foundations and academic institutions in our three areas of focus:
Core Therapeutic Areas
Programs and initiatives that help educate and support patients managing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, inflammation and infection, respiratory diseases, cancer, and conditions we’re addressing through neuroscience (including mental health).
Health and Science Innovation
Programs and initiatives that innovatively address the challenges to healthcare across the US. For example, how does understanding the science behind treatments help patients make better health decisions? What does it take to challenge a person to not only think differently about their health but also to change their behavior? What’s new in how we engage the next generation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education?
(Please note, for post-graduate and HCP health and science programs, please visit our Medical Education Grants Office site here.)
Smaller, community-focused programs that help fill a gap to improve health and healthcare and help empower patients to manage their own health better.
Note that a nonprofit organization requesting a contribution from AstraZeneca must be registered as a 501(c)(3) entity, under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, or must be a school, such as a public elementary or secondary school. School and faith-based programs must be open to the public.
For information regarding how to apply for funding, review the information below.
AstraZeneca's US Contributions program is primarily by invitation only. However, if you would like your organization to be considered for a US contribution, you may submit an unsolicited contribution request during one of our open-application periods in January or July of each year. No unsolicited applications will be accepted at any other time and unsolicited funding requests cannot be for more than $25,000. Applications must be submitted at least eight weeks before your funding start date to allow time for application review. You will be notified as to the outcome within 6-8 weeks.
When you complete and submit your online application form, we will ask you to provide the following:
- Information about your organization including its mission and scope
- Contact information so we can reach you for updates and follow-up
- Details regarding your request including the specifics of what you are asking for, the purpose, timing, outcomes, etc.
You will also be asked to select a single request type when you begin your application. If your request includes more than one of these request types, you will need to submit separate requests for each:
- Program/Initiative/Conference – this can include a wide range of programs from community outreach to the acquisition of equipment, software and or training programs.
- Fundraiser (dinner, gala, walk, ball, special event, etc.) – this typically represents events that are conducted strictly for the purposes of fundraising and are usually one-time events that occur at a specific time, date and place (although we do consider fundraising initiatives that span a longer timeframe and encompass multiple dates/times).
- Mission support – note that we do not generally support requests that fund capital projects, debt reduction, or endowment-building. Like our other contributions, these are unrestricted.
Important information for all applicants
- All contributions by AstraZeneca are a one-time commitment without guarantee of renewal unless otherwise agreed by both parties in a Letter of Agreement.
- All contributions made by AstraZeneca are paid only directly to US-based nonprofit organizations.
- No contributions are made to individuals or for-profit organizations.
- If your program includes educational activities certified for CME/CE for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals, as well as activities without continuing education credit or scientific sponsorships, you will need to apply to AstraZeneca’s Medical Education Grants Office.
As a responsible company, AstraZeneca invests in programs and initiatives that are measurable and demonstrate real impact. Applicants who are approved for a contribution of $50,000 or more will be required to submit outcomes reporting every six months for the duration of the funded program or initiative.
Feedback to Your Organization
Once you submit your application, you will receive automatic notifications from the US Contributions group as follows:
- Email notifications indicating that your application has been accepted for review and has been moved into the review process.
- Email notification upon completion of the review process, indicating whether your application was declined or accepted for funding.
If we have additional questions during the review process, we will contact you. If you have any questions, contact us at USContributions@astrazeneca.com.
Applications are individually reviewed by the US Contributions committee, and applicants will be notified as to the outcome within 6-8 weeks of the submission date.
You may submit an unsolicited contribution request during one of our open-application periods in January or July of each year. No unsolicited applications will be accepted at any other time and unsolicited funding requests cannot be for more than $25,000.
To apply, submit the online application form between January 1-29, 2016 or July 1-31, 2016. (Note that you will not be able to access the online application form before or after those dates).
The AstraZeneca US Contributions program’s next open application period will take place from January 1-29, 2016. More information about the January criteria are available below.
Applications submitted in January 2016 should address the Health & Science Innovation Challenge, which aims to provide funding of up to $25,000 to eligible US-based nonprofit organizations working to help tackle health challenges in new ways.
Eligible applications for the Health & Science Innovation Challenge must do one of the following:
- Present a new approach, tool or technology to help solve a health challenge
- Build knowledge and skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math among K-12 or undergraduate students to be entrepreneurial problem solvers.
In addition, preference will be giving to applications that align with the following criteria:
- Work to address an urgent unmet need related to health (including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, oncology, respiratory) and/or science in the community
- Focus on measurable results and demonstrate clear, defined and designated outcomes, measurements and processes
- Provide an innovative approach to the program, population and goals to maximize benefits for the participants and impact to the community
Applications that meet the criteria and describe innovative initiatives with clearly defined outcomes, measurable results and processes will be considered for funding.
During the open application period, AstraZeneca does NOT fund programs that focus exclusively on the following:
- Capital investments and unsolicited capital campaigns
- Fundraisers (e.g. events, galas, etc.)
- Healthcare provider salaries
- Media/awareness campaigns
- Professional education and/or training for healthcare professionals
- Research or clinical trials
AstraZeneca does NOT support:
- For-profit organizations
- Initiatives outside the United States or its territories
- Journals or advertising
- Political causes, lobbying, fraternal or social organizations
- Religious organizations whose activities are not open to the general public
- Nonprofit organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, military service, veteran status or disability.
Does AstraZeneca provide contributions to “for-profit” organizations?
No, AstraZeneca only provides contributions to nonprofit organizations with a 501(c) designation as indicated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or schools, such as a public elementary or secondary school. School and faith-based programs must be open to the public. You will be asked to provide an EIN or Tax ID number in order to complete this application. If you need assistance obtaining your EIN or Federal Tax ID number for your organization, please call the IRS at 1-877-829-5500.
Does AstraZeneca provide contributions to individuals?
No, AstraZeneca does not provide contributions to individuals. If you are seeking help affording your medication, please refer to our patient assistance programs site.
Does AstraZeneca provide contributions to religious organizations?
Yes, for 501(c) organizations who are offering otherwise-eligible programs that are open to the public.
Are there particular areas of focus for which AstraZeneca gives contributions?
Yes, AstraZeneca is committed to the following three key strategic areas of focus:
- Our Core Therapeutic Areas: Programs and initiatives that help educate and support patients managing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, inflammation and infection, respiratory diseases, cancer, and conditions we’re addressing through neuroscience (including mental health).
- Health & Science Innovation: Programs and initiatives that innovatively address the challenges to healthcare across the US. For example, how does understanding the science behind treatments help patients make better health decisions? What does it take to challenge a person to not only think differently about their health but also to change their behavior? What’s new in how we engage the next generation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education?
- Community Investment: Smaller, community-focused programs that help fill a gap to improve health and healthcare and help empower patients to manage their own health better.
Does AstraZeneca provide contributions for mission support of organizations?
Yes, mission support is defined as a contribution that can be used to support a nonprofit organization’s overall strategic direction and that helps it fulfill its charter. This can include support for salaries, equipment, operating expenses, etc. AstraZeneca does NOT generally provide mission support requests for capital project funding, debt reduction or endowment-building.
Do you accept unsolicited applications?
Yes, but only twice a year, in January and July. Please carefully review our website which gives guidelines to ensure that your application meets our criteria. Unsolicited applications must be submitted at least six to eight weeks before your requested funding start date to allow time for application review. You will be notified of our decision by email within six to eight weeks.
If my organization is filling out an unsolicited application for a contribution, is there a dollar limit to the amount of the application?
Yes. Unsolicited applications must be less than or equal to $25,000.
How long does it take to reach a decision on an application? (internal/external website)
Typically, we will make a decision within six to eight weeks from receipt of application, with notification communicated via email. We carefully consider each application based on available funding resources, the scope of the project being funded, impact to patient health and alignment with our key strategic areas, among other things.
Can my organization apply for multiyear funding?
Only invited organizations can apply for multiyear funding. These funding requests must be greater than or equal to $100,000 for all years combined.
- Applicants who are approved for a multiyear contribution must reapply annually for continued funding consideration and meet or make progress toward program objectives by the six-month mark for each year following.
- All multiyear funding recipient organizations must sign a Letter of Agreement and meet all reporting requirements and time frames.
Is our organization required to submit follow-up about how we used AstraZeneca funds?
If you are awarded $50,000 or more, you must submit detailed program outcomes reports every six months, showing specific results that demonstrate the success/progress of your initiative.
Is AstraZeneca permitted to receive goods or services (such as an exhibit space or a meal) in connection with the funding of an initiative?
Yes, but the value of goods and services received MUST be less than the contribution requested; otherwise, it is NOT considered a contribution.
Can any of the funds for a contribution be used for political lobbying?
No, AstraZeneca does not provide contributions to organizations who intend to use any part of the funding for political lobbying.
Can the contribution from AstraZeneca be paid to a US teaching hospital?
Yes, but the applicant will be asked to confirm that they understand and agree that any such payment will be tracked and reported to satisfy the requirements of the Physician Payment Sunshine Act, now referred to as OPEN PAYMENTS. Reporting may include, but is not limited to, name of US teaching hospital, payment amount, purpose of payment, date of payment, Tax ID and/or National Provider Identifier (NPI) information.
Do you list the organizations that AstraZeneca makes contributions to or the amounts of the contributions?
Yes. AstraZeneca is committed to transparency and publicly posts information about our contributions to nonprofit organizations on our company website twice each year.
Can the contribution from AstraZeneca be used to pay a US-licensed physician?
No. Funds cannot be used to provide a US-licensed physician with compensation, honorarium or expense reimbursement (e.g. meals, travel and lodging) or to subsidize costs for a program meal (charitable fundraisers excluded) in which US physicians are in attendance.
Can the contribution from AstraZeneca be used to support continuing education, scholarships or fellowships for healthcare professionals or for students at the graduate level or beyond being trained to be healthcare professionals?
No. AstraZeneca cannot provide contributions for these purposes. Requests for continuing education should be made through the Medical Education Grants Office website.
Does AstraZeneca support scholarships for health and science education?
Yes, but only for young people in elementary school through undergraduate.
Does previous support of a program by AstraZeneca guarantee future support?
No. Each contribution request is evaluated on its own merits.