Grants which includes Medical Educational Goods and Services (MEGS)
Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK (Novartis) Limited may provide grant support on request to Healthcare Organisations and Patient Groups in the form of financial support (monetary grants), and to Healthcare Organisations in the form of medical educational goods and services (MEGS). An application to use our Alcon Academy is a MEGS because it is requesting the use of laboratory services for training purposes.
Requests for Financial Grants Novartis can provide reasonable financial support for the general purpose of supporting healthcare initiatives like: improving medical infrastructure, independent educational activities, support for healthcare professional societies, health and medical policy research, and Patient Group activities. If you are interested in obtaining financial support from Novartis please complete the ‘Healthcare Organisation Request for Financial Support’ application form if you are a Healthcare Organisation or Professional Society, or the ‘Patient Group Request for Financial Support’ application form if you are a Patient Group – the application forms can be found below.
Educational grants will be considered which support the organisation of meetings where the content of the programme is wholly controlled by an independent organisation and Novartis has no input or influence over the content. If a grant is awarded, this support must be acknowledged on any documentation advertising the event.
A key principle of Novartis’ grant policy is that Novartis does not support requests which benefit individuals, including requests for personal ongoing education and requests for travel grants to attend an educational meeting.
Requests for MEGS Support Novartis has a number of medical educational goods and services (MEGS) which are available on request. For further information on MEGS please refer to Clause 19 of the ABPI Code of Practice.
Listed below are types of Novartis MEGS which we can provide to healthcare organisations to benefit patients and support the NHS. If you are interested in applying for a Novartis MEGS, please complete the ‘Novartis MEGS Request Form’ below indicating which of our MEGS you are interested in and to request a meeting with a Novartis medical associate to discuss further.
1. Nursing support for patient review services 2. Service audits to facilitate service and patient pathways redesign 3. Nursing support for patient database audit review 4. Support for research activities 5. Use of the Alcon Academy training facility* (Note Alcon Academy specific request form, see next section)
Not all of the above types of MEGS are available for all disease areas. If you would like to submit a request for your own bespoke MEGS proposal, please indicate this on the ‘Novartis MEGS Request Form’ including both your contact details and attach a detailed description of your proposal with a request for a meeting with a Novartis medical associate to discuss your proposal further.
The Alcon Academy (a MEGS offering) The mission of the Alcon Academy is to facilitate educational excellence, to enable learning at all levels and optimise patient outcomes and care in Ophthalmology. The Alcon Academy has a bespoke wet lab designed to enhance learning by simulating surgical procedures. The Alcon Academy also has a dry lab and lecture theatre. NHS organisations wishing to apply to use the Alcon Academy facilities should complete the ‘Alcon Academy Facility Request Form’ below.
Healthcare Organisations, Professional Societies and sometimes Patient Support Groups may wish to approach Novartis for sponsorship e.g. asking Novartis to pay to sponsor a meeting for which Novartis will recieve tangible benefits e.g. stand space, a number of places to attend the conference, a mention in the meeting brochure etc.
Novartis is pleased to consider such requests and Healthcare Organisations and Professional Societies should approach either their sales, marketing or medical contact. Any request from Patient Support Groups should be directed to the Head Office Patient Advocacy Team. If an organisation does not currently have a contact within Novartis, please telephone our main switchboard (01276 692255) and you will be directed to someone appropriate.
For all forms of grant requests and sponsorships, provision is subject to: (i) available capacity; (ii) the request meeting the criteria for the available support; and (iii) provision being permitted within applicable laws, guidelines and codes (for example the ABPI Code of Practice). Unfortunately, Novartis is unable to meet all of the requests it receives. We will prioritise those requests which are aligned to our therapy areas and focus on supporting both scientific and charitable organisations which directly support patients, improve healthcare and enable ongoing education.
Disclosure of Payments All grant support to Patient Groups is published annually on the Novartis website.
All grant support to a healthcare organisation (either financial or as a MEGS and the use of the Alcon Academy) will be publicly disclosed on an annual basis on the ABPI disclosure platform in accordance with Clause 24 of the ABPI Code of Practice. In order to track spend for reporting purposes, Novartis can only pay healthcare organisations directly.
Grant and MEGS Application Process Requests should be submitted a minimum of three months prior to the activity or event. Each request will be evaluated on its merits and the value it brings to patient care and benefit to the NHS.
In order to apply for a Novartis grant, download the relevant application form (see below) and submit it to [email protected]. The forms are PDFs and use Adobe Acrobat software. You can download this free from Adobe.
Please note that it is important to fill out all the sections on the form with the information required as failure to do so could result in either a rejection or a request for additional information which will delay your application.
If you have any supporting documentation you consider relevant to the application you can attach this to your email. Please note that for legibility reasons we will only accept forms that have been completed electronically. Applications may also be typed and posted to UK GRANTS at Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd, Frimley Business Park, Camberley, Surrey GU16 7SR.
The personal information you submit in your application will be used by Novartis only for the purposes of processing the grant application, and any associated disclosure. Any and all uses will comply with all applicable laws.
All requests are monitored for reporting adverse events. You agree to be contacted should your completed application form contain information relevant to our adverse event reporting commitments.
All requests are reviewed by an independent Review Panel and results will be communicated after the Review Panel has met. Funding can only be paid to reputable organisations and checks on organisations to confirm this will be made.