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Guidelines for Requesting Grants and Charitable Contributions

Due to BioMarin’s year-end close out activities, all applications for 2016 events/programs must be submitted by November 1, 2016.

In alignment with BioMarin’s commitment to scientific innovation and areas of unmet medical need, BioMarin supports grants, charitable donations, and sponsorships in the following areas:

  • Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS)
  • Phenylketonuria (PKU)
  • Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome (LEMS)
  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)
  • Pompe
  • CLN2 (Batten Disease)
  • Achondroplasia
  • Hemophilia
  • Community Relations Giving

Types of Grants that May be Awarded

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BioMarin will review funding requests from healthcare or science related organizations for the following types of requests:

  • Educational Grants (including CME accredited programs)
  • Research Grants
  • Charitable Donations
  • Sponsorships

BioMarin complies with all applicable transparency reporting and disclosure obligations, including those relating to state and federal regulations and as stipulated by the National Physician Payment Transparency Program. Accordingly, payments provided to U.S. healthcare professionals, including physicians and teaching hospitals, will be reported as required. Reportable payments include speaker fees, food and beverage, travel and lodging, grants and charitable contributions, among others.

As such, effective August 1, 2013, all Grants and Charitable Contributions involving U.S. healthcare professionals will require reporting of payments or transfers of value provided to faculty and participants. Grant recipients will be notified of these reporting requirements at the time of grant approval. Any questions regarding these reporting requirements may be sent to sunshinereports@bmrn.com.

Criteria Used to Determine Funding

As general guidance for grant requests, please note that BioMarin considers many factors including whether the request:

  • Promotes excellence in patient care
  • Meets CME guidelines related to content, venue, and dissemination as applicable
  • Is conducive to an effective and efficient meeting format
  • Educates the broadest target audience at an appropriate and reasonable cost

Items Generally Outside the Scope of BioMarin’s Grants Program

  • Grants to individuals or group practices
  • Clinical grants, including Investigator-Sponsored Trials (ISTs)
  • Personal travel
  • Capital campaigns/building funds
  • Website development not associated with an accredited educational program
  • Service contracts
  • Religious programs
  • Entertainment (e.g., class reunions, retirement dinners)
  • General capital or operating expenses (e.g., office equipment/staff, computer hardware/software, medical library resources, overhead)
  • Textbooks and journal subscriptions
  • Mass media productions not associated with educational content (e.g., CD-ROMS, webcasts, journal supplements)
  • Personal development (e.g., individual leadership training)
  • Travel fellowships for healthcare professionals
  • Requests originating outside the U.S. or Canada for country-specific programs (contact your local BioMarin office)

See below for definitions of each type of funding request.

Educational Grants (CME accredited programs)

Use this form to request grant funding for an accredited Continuing Medical Education(CME) program (i.e., ACCME, AMA, AAFP, ADA, or AOA) consisting of educational activities which serve to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills, and professional performance that a healthcare professional uses to provide services to patients, the public, or the profession.  BioMarin may not influence the content or have control over the educational programs funded through CME accredited educational grants.

Educational Grants (non-accredited programs)

Use this form to request grant funding for non-CME accredited educational activities that intend to educate healthcare professionals and/or patients during health-related public conferences, symposia, or community awareness programs.  The content and control of educational programs funded through a non-accredited educational grant must be independent from any BioMarin influence.

Research Grants

Use this form to request grant funding to support research related to disease states or areas of science that are of interest to BioMarin.  Research grants assume no collaboration or sharing of data with BioMarin.  In instances of collaboration, BioMarin will seek to enter a duly executed Research agreement with the requestor.  Research grants differ from Independent Research (IR) in that the research does not include human subjects and may not be subject to a formalized protocol.

Charitable Donations or Sponsorships

Use this form to request grant funding for benevolent purposes such as improvement of healthcare, patient care or advocacy, civic projects, disaster relief, access to healthcare, or programs for children. In the U.S., charitable donations require proof of a sponsoring organization’s 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.  The primary purpose of a program supported by a charitable donation should be fundraising or similar charitable activities, but may be provided in support of charitable efforts that have an educational component.  However, all requests for medical education programs (e.g., medical or nursing conference) must use the appropriate Educational Grants form even if the sponsoring organization is a charitable entity. Sponsorship requests may or may not originate from a tax-exempt organization and typically provide BioMarin with a public relations opportunity to promote our company and raise awareness for the diseases and products we support.

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Types of Grants that May be Awarded

BioMarin will review funding requests from healthcare or science related organisations for the following types of requests:

  • Charitable Donation
  • CME Funding for HCP Grant
  • Patient Organisation Grant
  • Research Grant
  • General Grant

Criteria Used to Determine Funding

As general guidance for grant requests, please note that BioMarin considers many factors including whether the request:

  • Promotes excellence in patient care
  • Meets CME guidelines related to content, venue, and dissemination as applicable
  • Is conducive to an effective and efficient meeting format
  • Educates the broadest target audience at an appropriate and reasonable cost

Items Generally Outside the Scope of BioMarin’s Grants Program

  • Grants to individuals or group practices
  • Clinical grants, including Investigator-Sponsored Trials (ISTs)
  • Personal travel
  • Capital campaigns/building funds
  • Website development not associated with an accredited educational program
  • Service contracts
  • Religious programs
  • Entertainment (e.g., class reunions, retirement dinners)
  • General capital or operating expenses (e.g., office equipment/staff, computer hardware/software, medical library resources, overhead)
  • Textbooks and journal subscriptions
  • Mass media productions not associated with educational content (e.g., CD-ROMS, webcasts, journal supplements)
  • Personal development (e.g., individual leadership training)

See below for the definitions of each type of funding request.

Charitable Donation

Use this form if the nature of your request is a donation for purely benevolent purposes.This means the request cannot include sponsorship for a meeting or an event of any funding where BioMarin receives a benefit (directly or indirectly) from such funding. Examples would be where you are a charity of not-for-profit organisation and are requesting a donation for the benefit of the charity or where you are some other kind of institution (i.e., a school or local residents association) requesting donations for assistance of a general nature. If you are requesting sponsorship of a table at a gala event or similar then use the General Grant form. Do NOT use this form if you are a patient organisation. Please note we cannot provide charitable
donations to individuals.

CME Funding for HCP Grant

Use this form if you are either an individual healthcare professional or are writing on behalf of a healthcare institution looking for grant funding of one or more healthcare professionals to a relevant medical, scientific or educational event.

Patient Organisation Grant

Use this form if you are a patient organisation requesting funding of any description. The form complies with the disclosure, transparency and contractual requirements that BioMarin is obliged to follow under the EFPIA, ABPI and other codes applicable in the EUMEA region.

Research Grant

Use this form to request grant funding to support research related to disease states or areas of science that are of interest to BioMarin.  Research grants assume no collaboration or sharing of data with BioMarin.  In instances of collaboration, BioMarin will seek to enter a duly executed Research agreement with the requestor.  Research grants differ from Independent Research (IR) in that the research does not include human subjects and may not be subject to a formalized protocol.

General Grant

Use this form ONLY if your request is not for a charitable donation, or you are not requesting a grant on behalf of a patient organisation or you are not a healthcare professional requesting CME funding. This form should be used to cover sponsorship, specific project funding, equipment grants or educational funding that is not CME funding for individuals or groups wishing to attend a third party meeting.

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