Medical Education Grants

Alkermes Medical Education Grants

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Alkermes contributes to independent education by supporting medical education grants. Our focus areas include educational activities with pragmatic approaches to improve patient care and public health in the domains of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, opioid use disorder, and alcohol use disorder. We expect to contribute to a better and expanded understanding of the underlying mechanisms of disease and their relevance to medications that address those characteristics, as well as the overall treatment in a broad sense that includes psychosocial methods.

Medical education grant funding is available for medical education activities, including live, print, enduring, and/or web-based activities. Examples of educational requests include, but are not limited to:

  • Accredited Continuing Education: Educational programs for healthcare providers such as physicians, nurses, and/or pharmacists that provide continuing education credits.
  • Non-Accredited Professional Educational Activities: Educational programs for healthcare providers such as physicians, nurses, and pharmacists that do not provide continuing education credits.

Who May Apply

Only US-based organizations may apply. Medical Education Grants may be awarded to (i) organizations qualified as nonprofit with tax exempt status under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code or (ii) for-profit organizations that are accredited continuing medical education providers.

How To Apply

Requests must be submitted online by the accredited provider. Submissions are due at least 90 days in advance of the activity date.

Areas of Interest for Medical Education Requests

  • Alkermes is interested in collaborative submissions between CME providers partnering with professional organizations of practitioners who focus on treatment of persons with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, alcohol use disorder, or opioid use disorder.
  • Examples might include proposals for CME activities for regional meetings of psychiatric or addiction practitioners, or partnering with advanced practice nurse, case manager, or pharmacist societies in their CME efforts for their constituents.

Alkermes is currently accepting proposals that address the topic areas listed below.

Alcohol Use Disorder

  • Increasing awareness and understanding of alcohol use disorder (AUD), medication treatment options and treatment guidelines
  • Reducing barriers to treatment initiation for patients with AUD
  • Exploring factors that influence and improve retention in treatment for patients with AUD
  • Integrating medication for the treatment of AUD into outpatient practice

Opioid Use Disorder

  • Increasing awareness and understanding of opioid use disorder (OUD), medication treatment options and treatment guidelines
  • Reducing barriers to initiation of treatment for patients with OUD
  • Exploring factors that influence and improve retention in treatment for patients with OUD
  • Improving the awareness and understanding of long-acting injectable medications for the treatment of OUD
  • Improving the understanding of comparative effectiveness data for the treatment of OUD

Schizophrenia

  • Understanding and implementing pharmacologic approaches to address one or more of the following challenges in the treatment of schizophrenia:
    • suboptimal therapeutic response
    • gaps in medication adherence
    • side effects associated with treatment
  • Emerging pharmacologic approaches and their mechanism of action for the treatment of schizophrenia
  • Using patient-centered approaches to optimize treatment of schizophrenia

Bipolar Disorder

  • Understanding and implementing pharmacologic approaches to address one or more of the following challenges in the treatment of bipolar disorder:
    • suboptimal therapeutic response
    • gaps in medication adherence
    • side effects associated with treatment
  • Emerging pharmacologic approaches and their mechanisms of action for the treatment of bipolar disorder
  • Using patient-centered approaches to optimize treatment of bipolar disorder

Application Requirements

Grant requests must be submitted at least 90 days prior to the activity start date. The following information is required for application submissions:

  • Grant Letter of Request
  • Activity Agenda
  • Activity Detailed Budget
  • Needs Assessment with references
  • Learning Objectives
  • Educational Outcomes Plan
  • Activity Description, including location of activity if relevant
  • Honoraria if applicable, including hourly rate and number of hours to be worked
  • Firewall policy if applicable
  • W9 form (current)
  • Accreditation Certificate(s)

Key Considerations

  • Alkermes’ educational grant funds may not be used to support overhead expenses of the applicant or for any other institution affiliated with the applicant.
  • Grant requests must be unsolicited and should typically have multiple funders.
  • Grants must support education on a wide range of treatment options, not promote a particular medicine and must not provide nor promise to Alkermes any tangible benefit.
  • If there will be faculty for the activity, please do not share faculty names with Alkermes in any of the documentation uploaded.
  • If requesting honoraria payment for faculty, please include in your submission the hourly rate and anticipated number of hours to be worked.
  • Alkermes will not support funding for meals, unless they are modest buffet meals, snacks or coffee that are made available to all attendees of the Educational Activity and where the identity of the Healthcare Participants who partake is not separately identifiable.
  • Alkermes does not provide unrestricted educational grants; its grant funds are intended to be used for the purpose defined within the original request.

Educational grants will not be awarded to or for:

  • Individuals or a healthcare professional’s private practice
  • Any charity or foundation associated with or controlled by an individual healthcare professional or healthcare professional’s private practice
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin or disability
  • Fundraising event of a potential customer (e.g., treatment center or hospital) where the proceeds are being used to cover general operational and routine business costs
  • Events that have already occurred
  • Political organizations, campaigns and activities
  • Religious organizations or groups whose activities are primarily sectarian in purpose
  • Programs or proposals that supplement an organization’s income or offset its expenses in a manner that benefits, directly or indirectly, a physician’s compensation

Alkermes is committed to complying with all applicable regulations and codes pertaining to education grants. Alkermes follows the requirements of the Compliance Program Guidance for Pharmaceutical Manufacturers issued by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (“OIG Guidelines”), the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals (“PhRMA Code”), the FDA Guidance to Industry Supported Scientific and Educational Activities, and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (“ACCME”) Standards for Commercial Support. Alkermes does not provide support for education programs that are intended to encourage, induce, or influence any grant recipient to purchase, prescribe, refer, recommend, sell, administer, or arrange for the purchase, sale or recommendation, or formulary placement of any Alkermes’ product.

Questions

Please contact Med.Ed@alkermes.com

To submit an educational grant request, please register and submit your completed application and supporting documentation through Alkermes’ medical education grant management system located here.