Frequently Asked Questions
About our US Contributions Program
Through our US Contributions program, AstraZeneca support nonprofit organizations aligned our priorities: improve health and increase access to care, provide opportunities for STEM education, and address community needs.
AstraZeneca’s US Corporate Contributions Program holds one open application period annually For information about that program, including the link to apply, click here.
The remainder of the year, the US Corporate Contributions Program is run on an invite-only basis. Once invited, you will be asked to 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.
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
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?
Does AstraZeneca provide contributions to religious organizations?
Yes, for 501(c) organizations who are offering otherwise-eligible programs that are open to the public.
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, once per year through the open application period. Please carefully review our website which gives guidelines to ensure that your application meets our criteria.
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 $15,000.
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?
Does AstraZeneca support scholarships for health and science education?
Yes, for students in elementary school through undergraduate level studies.
Does previous support of a program by AstraZeneca guarantee future support?
No. Each contribution request is evaluated on its own merits.