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Medical Affairs Grants

GBT collaborates with researchers, physicians, public health experts and others who share our passion. We also support continuing medical education and educational initiatives aimed at healthcare professionals through grants, continuing medical education and sponsorships


GBT may provide support to medical centers, academic/professional societies and other non-profit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations in the following ways:

  • Continuing Medical Education (CME)
    • GBT is committed to funding medical education programs that benefit SCD awareness for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and other health care professionals. Certified medical education programs must meet ACCME standards, be relevant, practice-based, effective, and independent of commercial influence.
  • Medical Affairs Grants
    • Monetary donations that support initiatives in medical education and awareness related to sickle cell disease or other clinical areas of interest. Support for projects or programs aimed at medical education that may translate to better management of disease and improvement in patient care.
  • Corporate Sponsorships or Exhibits
    • Support for sickle cell disease education and awareness, health disparities, and rare disease-related activities hosted by medical centers or academic/professional societies that may include various levels of support opportunities (e.g. bronze, silver, gold, etc.). Examples of sponsorships include corporate memberships, annual walks/runs/rides, educational conferences, symposia or meetings, and web-based or online educational activities (not continuing medical education certified).

To be considered for Medical Affairs support/funding an organization must meet the following criteria:

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible organizations include academic institutions, hospitals (academic & community), professional/medical associations and societies, medical education companies. Medical education programs may be accredited/certified or non-accredited.

Funding shall not be awarded retrospectively for activities or events that have already occurred.

Nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to people living with sickle cell disease (SCD), health disparities, or pan-rare diseases are eligible to apply.

Documentation required:

  • US based organizations
    • IRS determination letter of 501(c)(3) status
    • W-9 form dated not more than one year ago
  • Ex-US based organizations (outside of the US)
    • Nonprofit legal registration
    • W-8BEN-E form dated not more than one year ago
Guidelines for Medical Education

Unless otherwise specified, the following are outside the scope of GBTs funding program:

  • Funding or salaries for individuals
  • Capital projects
  • Fee for Service Arrangements (including Honoraria)
  • Alcohol
  • Personal Travel
  • Professional Development (e.g., individual leadership training)
  • Tuition fees or Scholarships
  • Activities hosted at lavish venues or sporting events
  • Activities outside of GBTs therapeutic areas of interest

Follow these steps to submit a funding request:

  1. Confirm your organization’s eligibility
    a. Verify whether your organization is eligible to submit a funding request application. Visit the Eligibility section for requirements and restrictions.

  2. Sign in or create an account
    a. An account is required for our online funding system. Once your account is created, you will be able submit a funding application. Be sure to save your login information for future applications.

  3. Complete online application
    a. Complete your funding request via our funding request system.

  4. Review and submit your application
    a. Review your application thoroughly for accuracy and completeness before submitting it for funding consideration. A confirmation email will be sent upon receipt of a submitted application to the primary and secondary contacts listed in the application.

Below are answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

What is the deadline for submitting an application?
  • Applications for funding must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the desired start date of the program/activity/initiative for which you seek support.
    • Please note we have a monthly grant review committee meeting where all grants will be reviewed. Therefore, it may take several weeks for a determination to be made on your grant application.
What types of funding are available?
  • Continuing Medical Education (CME)
  • Medical Affairs Grants
  • Corporate Sponsorship or Exhibit

Visit the Types of Support section for more details

How are applications submitted?
  • Applications are submitted online via our funding request system. First time applicants will be required to create an account, username and password. Submit a funding application
How long do funding decisions take?
  • Funding decisions are communicated via email within 60 days from receipt of a completed application.
How are funds dispersed to grant awardees?
  • If a funding request is approved, a letter of agreement outlining the terms and conditions of funding is required prior to the release of funds. Fund disbursement will occur per the terms specified in the agreement.
If my request was not accepted, can I submit requests in the future?
  • Funding determination is not based on past approval. All requests that meet GBT funding eligibility requirements will be reviewed. If one funding request was not accepted, your organization may apply for funding in the future.
How do I check the status of my application?
  • To check the status of an application login to your account and select My Submissions.
Can I start an application and come back later to finish it?
  • If you are unable to complete an application for any reason, you have the ability to save your work and login at a later time to complete the application.
Who do I contact if I have questions?
  • Contact 1-800-741-9102 to request additional information or ask questions about funding opportunities.