How to Apply

About our US Contributions program

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.)

Community Support

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) 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.


How to Apply - Invite Only

AstraZeneca's US Contributions program is primarily by invitation only. 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.

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.

Reporting Requirements

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:

  1. Email notifications indicating that your application has been accepted for review and has been moved into the review process.
  2. 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

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.

How to Apply - Health and Science Innovation Challenge

The AstraZeneca Health and Science Innovation Challenge accepts applications from US-based nonprofits in July of each year for up to $15,000.

Funding supports programs that meet one of the following objectives:

  • 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

Program Criteria

In addition to aligning with one of the above objectives, applications should address the following criteria:

  1. Respond to an urgent unmet need related to health and/or science in the community
  2. Describe the intended impact that the program will have on the target population
  3. Define measurable outcomes and outline a how progress will assessed

How to Apply

The next Health and Science Innovation Challenge application period will take place in July 2017. To apply, complete the online application form which will be open Monday July 3 at 9am ET- Monday July 31 at 5pm ET. 

Applications that address the above criteria and describe innovative programs will be considered for funding. No unsolicited applications will be accepted for US Contributions at any other time throughout the year.


The Health and Science Innovation Challenge 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

Meetings or conferences

Professional education and/or training for healthcare professionals

Research or clinical trials

Programs currently receiving funding from AstraZeneca

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.