Astellas Pharma Ltd. supports initiatives which enhance patient care and support, or benefit the NHS whilst maintaining patient care. Support can be provided either in the form of funding, or other support such as providing technical expertise, loaning of equipment or facilitating meetings. All such initiatives which have been funded or supported by Astellas Pharma Ltd. will be publically disclosed.
The information on this page will help you understand what support will be considered and the timelines for responding to requests. If applications are successful, further information and requirements will be detailed in the contract.
Who can apply?
Astellas Pharma Ltd. will accept requests from UK registered not-for-profit Charitable Organisations, Patient Organisations or Healthcare Organisations.
Note: A Patient Organisation is an Organisation primarily made up of patients and/or caregivers (possibly including Healthcare Professionals) focused on advancing awareness of a disease state and treatment pathways.
What can I apply for?
All requests must be for a prospective activity/purpose and for a single financial year (April-March), with no commitment for continued funding beyond that year.
Charitable Organisations and Patient Organisations can apply for financial support for specific projects or activities. Healthcare Organisations can apply for Medical Educational Goods and Services, including requests for funding.
How do I submit a request?
Complete and submit the electronic form below. Please ensure you include all relevant information and required documents at the time of the application. Failure to do so may delay our consideration of your application and/or result in rejection.
What are Medical Educational Goods and Services, and what restrictions apply?
In Astellas Pharma Ltd. Medical Educational Goods and Services (MEGS) are funding, goods and/or services provided to Healthcare Organisations which either:
- Enhance patient care,
- Or benefit Healthcare Organisations whilst maintaining patient care (e.g. through specific educational activities).
MEGS are also subject the following requirements:
✔ All requests must meet the regulatory requirements of the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) Code of Practice
✔ They must relate to medicine or pharmacy
✔ The request relates to an Astellas therapy area
✔ The request has been submitted from a bona fide Healthcare Organisation primarily made up of Healthcare Professionals providing Healthcare services
✔ Details of all MEGS will be publicly disclosed as Transfers of Value (ToV) on the ABPI Portal
Examples of activities that will not be considered for funding:
✖ Applications from political parties, lobbying organisations or religious organisations
✖ A grant to an individual where the proposed use appears to benefit individuals rather than patients
✖ Award ceremonies, summer balls, competition prizes or social events
✖ Locum costs or projects constituting normal employment duties
✖ Payment for standard medical equipment for general practice e.g. sphygmomanometer, stethoscopes, etc.
✖ Payments to install standard practice computer software e.g. read codes updates
✖ Any activities which would contravene the ABPI Code, laws or regulations
The following activities fall outside of the scope of Astellas Pharma Ltd. MEGS, Grants and Donations:
- Corporate Sponsorship of a meeting/event/congress
- Support for a Healthcare Professional to attend a meeting/event/congress
- Partnership or Joint Working Projects with Astellas Pharma Ltd.
- Requests for research, including Investigator Sponsored Research (ISR)
What is the process for review?
The Astellas Pharma Ltd. Grants Review Committee will review all requests.
- Once we have considered your application and made our decision, we will formally notify you stating whether your request has been approved. We aim to reply to all requests within 8 weeks.
- If, after ten weeks, you have not received a decision on your request please email: APL_G&[email protected]
Please do not consider any request approved until you receive a written agreement countersigned by Astellas Pharma Ltd.
Electronic application form
To be completed by the applicant, or academic organisation or an employee of such an organisation. Where possible supply direct email address and direct dial telephone number
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