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ABBOTT GRANT OPPORTUNITIES AND APPLICATIONS

We consider grant applications falling into two general areas:

  • Education
    • Continuing education for health care professionals
    • Fellowships
  • Charitable Contributions
    • Donated Abbott products for patients with financial need
    • Fundraiser and patient/public health education and awareness through nonprofit organizations

For the Grants Committee to consider a request, grant-seeking individuals and organizations must do work related to, or raise funds for, cardiac arrhythmia & heart failure, coronary, structural heart, vascular and neuromodulation disease states and their treatments.

ABBOTT EDUCATION GRANTS

Grants are intended for health care organizations and fellows in cardiac arrhythmia & heart failure, coronary, structural heart, vascular and neuromodulation fields. Hospitals and organizations must request funding on behalf of an individual.

  • Fellowship grants are for fellowship programs to distribute to fellow recipients of their choice.
    • An organization, not an individual, must submit the application. Do not include fellow’s name in the application.
    • Abbott does not support multi-year requests; apply annually.

Abbott’s fellowship submission process streamlines communications with all our grant recipients. All fellowship grant submissions are due between October 1 and March 1. Applicants will be notified of grants received by April 15. If you have any questions, please contact the grants administrator

  • Professional education grants are for independent medical programs that offer continuing education credits for health care professionals, and for professional associations, societies or continuing education providers.
  • Organizations may use grants for the continuing education programs or for events such as congresses, conferences and symposia.
  • Grants may be used for general conference costs including: accreditation, audio/visual, management expenses, marketing and room rental.
  • Organizations should submit applications once per event.
  • Abbott does not fund year-long or ongoing non-fellowship educational programs.

Grants may NOT support transfers of value to healthcare professionals including: honoraria, food & beverage, travel or lodging.

HOW TO APPLY

Apply via one of the application links below. Be prepared to upload one or more of the following:

  • Grant purpose
  • Amount requested
  • Official invitation, program or agenda
  • Estimated total budget for the program, activity or event
  • W-9 form

Additional documents that you may be required to upload are listed after the relevant link.

Note: Indicate a physical mailing address in your application. P.O. boxes are not acceptable.

GRANT TYPES

Fellowship grants: All fellowship submissions are due between October 1 and March 1. The fellowship application is now open. If you have any questions, please contact the grants administrator.

Professional Education grants

We must receive a complete application, including all required documentation, at least 45 days before the event, activity or program.

Still have a question? Read through our FAQs or contact us.

ABBOTT PATIENT ASSISTANCE PRODUCT DONATIONS

Health care organizations must apply on behalf of patients with financial need, namely those who do not have or qualify for: 

  • Insurance
  • Governmental assistance
  • Other sources of funding

Abbott will only donate products that are approved and/or compatible with equipment in the country where the device will be implanted. The Abbott grant committee will determine the donated product, and reserves the right to amend or discontinue this assistance program at any time.

HOW TO APPLY FOR PATIENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
  • Requesting organization must be nonprofit
  • Apply via one of the application links below. Be prepared to upload a request letter on your organization’s letterhead. Include the following information, as shown in this sample request letter:
  • Donation purpose and confirmation of status of patient with financial need
  • Explanation of application and consideration of donation, stating that neither the physician nor his/her agent, affiliate will resell the product(s)
  • Agreement that any unused product shall be returned to Abbott
  • Physician to state the donation of his/her services to implant device (No Surgery Charge)
  • Physician to state hospital/facility utilized is also donating services (No Hospital Charge)

For products that will be implanted within the United States: Patient Assistance Product Donation (Domestic) Application Form

For products that will be implanted outside of the United States: Patient Assistance Product Donation (International) Application Form

We must receive a complete application, including all required documentation:

For products that will be implanted within the United States, at least five business days and no more than 30 days in advance of the procedure. See our FAQs for exceptions.

For products that will be implanted outside of the United States, a minimum of 60 business days to allow sufficient time for the approved product to clear customs.

Still have a question? Read through our FAQs or contact us.

ABBOTT CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS

Apply via the application link below. Be prepared to upload a request letter on your organization’s letterhead. The request letter must include the following information:

  • Contribution purpose
  • Amount requested
  • How the funds will be used

Also include:

  • Official invitation, program or agenda 
  • Estimated total budget for the program, activity or event
  • W-9 form

Additional documents are required for some grant types.

Note: Indicate a physical mailing address in your application. P.O. boxes are not acceptable.

Types of Charitable Contributions:

Fundraiser. Please note that the stated, publicized purpose of the event must be to raise funds benefitting indigent or underserved members of the community impacted by cardiac arrhythmia & heart failure, coronary, structural heart, vascular or neuromodulation disease.

Patient/public health care education. Please note that a contributions purpose is to educate patients and the public regarding cardiac arrhythmia & heart failure, coronary, structural heart, vascular and neuromodulation disease states.

We must receive a complete application, including all required documentation, at least 45 days before the event, activity, or program.

Still have a question? Read through our FAQs or contact us.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

 

HOW ARE THE EDUCATION GRANT AND CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTION PROGRAMS STRUCTURED?

Abbott grants programs provide grants to fund events, activities and programs related to cardiac arrhythmia & heart failure, coronary, structural heart, vascular and neuromodulation and their treatments, as well as to provide product donations for patients with financial need. Physicians, hospitals, medical centers, continuing education providers and others can request funding through our online request system.

Our programs are structured to help us comply with:

  • Federal and state anti-kickback laws and the AdvaMed™ Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prohibitions against off-label marketing and promotion
  • The “Physician Payments Sunshine Act,” administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as the Open Payments Program

Abbott is required by federal and state transparency regulations to report most payments involving physicians (directly and indirectly). During the formal application process, you will be asked to certify that you will provide Abbott with any information or assurances it needs to satisfy such transparency obligations. Failure to do so may require you to return some or all of the grant funds awarded by Abbott and will make you ineligible to receive funding in the future. Further detail will be provided on the information and/or assurances you will be required to provide. Your compliance is required and Abbott cannot make any exceptions. 

Complying with anti-kickback laws, the AdvaMed Code of Ethics and the Physician Payments Sunshine Act is mandatory for our business and in our customer’s best interests.

WHO REVIEWS GRANT APPLICATIONS, AND WHAT DO THEY CONSIDER DURING REVIEW?

The Abbott Grant Committee reviews and makes decisions for all grant applications. During its review of applications, it considers: 

  • Whether the application satisfies the grants program criteria 
  • The quality of the event, activity or program 
  • The available budget for grants 
MUST I MEET THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING AN EDUCATION PROGRAM GRANT APPLICATION? 

Yes. We must receive a complete application, including all required documentation, at least 45 days before the event, activity or program. We will usually deny a grant application if we do not have all the requested information and documentation before the event, activity or program. 

ARE THERE EXCEPTIONS FOR MEETING THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING A PATIENT SUPPORT PRODUCT DONATION APPLICATION? 

We may make an exception for products being implanted in the United States only. 

In the rare event of a medical emergency or similar compelling reason requiring immediate use of a Abbott product that may be eligible for donation, you may submit an application up to five days AFTER the implant of the product. However, the applicant must demonstrate why the application could not be submitted before the implant procedure. The application will go to the Grant Committee for review using the same process and criteria as with any other request. The fact that the product has already been implanted will have no bearing on the Grant Committee’s decision, and the applicant bears the risk that the application may be denied. 

If your application is submitted with less than the required timeline, you must also contact the Grant Administrator by phone:

  • Cardiac Arrhythmia & Heart Failure and Neuromodulation +1-651-756-2095
  • Coronary, Structural Heart and Vascular +1-800-354-1817
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR A DECISION ON MY GRANT APPLICATION?

Most grant applications are approved or denied within six weeks after we receive a complete application, including all required documentation. The dates of the grant committee meetings vary, so we cannot tell you the cutoff date for each month.

Patient assistance product donation grant applications will typically be approved or denied one to three weeks after receipt of an application that includes all required documentation. The applicant will be notified upon the final committee decision.

CAN MY ABBOTT SALES REPRESENTATIVE MAKE SURE MY GRANT APPLICATION IS APPROVED?

No. Consistent with the AdvaMed Code of Ethics and Abbott policy, Abbott does not permit sales or marketing personnel to participate on the company Grant Committee.

CAN AN EDUCATION PROGRAM GRANT PAY FOR SPOUSE OR GUEST EXPENSES? 

No. Grant money can be used to pay for accepted expenses incurred by the recipient only. 

DO I USE THE EDUCATION PROGRAM GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS TO OFFER ABBOTT THE OPPORTUNITY FOR EXHIBIT SPACE AT AN EVENT OR PROGRAM? 

No. Abbott grants are completely separate from commercial activities.  You may contact your local Abbott sales representative regarding exhibit opportunities.

IS THERE ANY OTHER TYPE OF FUNDING THAT IS NOT PART OF THE GRANTS PROGRAMS? 

Yes. The following financial support falls outside of our grant programs:

  • Funding provided by one of our product divisions for investigator-sponsored research.
  • Funding provided by one or more of our divisions to national and international professional associations and societies for corporate memberships.
IF OUR GRANT WAS APPROVED LAST YEAR, CAN WE ASSUME IT WILL BE APPROVED THIS YEAR? 

No. Always submit your grant request allowing plenty of time to seek alternative funding in case the Grant Committee decides to eliminate or reduce the support you received in the past. 

IF THE GRANT COMMITTEE APPROVES LESS THAN I REQUESTED, OR MY APPLICATION IS DENIED, MAY I RESUBMIT A GRANT APPLICATION FOR THE UNAPPROVED AMOUNT TO THE GRANT COMMITTEE, OR SOMEONE ELSE AT ABBOTT? 

No. The grant committee does not approve multiple grant requests for the same event, activity or program.

There are other possible sources of funding within Abbott that could be appropriate for events that did not qualify for grants. Please contact the Giving Programs if you are unsure of the appropriate funding route.

For status updates, LOAs or any other general questions, please contact a Grant Coordinator for the relevant therapy area:

Cardiac Arrhythmia & Heart Failure and Neuromodulation +1-651-756-2095. 

Coronary, Structural Heart and Vascular +1-800-354-1817 or  contact us.

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