Astellas support and funding for patient advocacy groups

Dec 21, 2016
Astellas support and funding for patient advocacy groups

Astellas is committed to engaging and working with patient advocacy groups. We believe that by working together to recognize and address patient needs, healthcare can be more accessible and patients can be empowered to take charge of their illness and improve their outcomes. As part of this commitment, Astellas regularly supports patient advocacy groups in a variety of different ways. Whether through sponsorship programs or charitable donations, we do what we can to raise awareness of patient issues and offer our support to the groups that provide an excellent level of service to patients who are often experiencing challenges of their own day to day.

We believe all collaborations with or funding given to advocacy organizations should be entirely transparent, and we ensure that funding decisions are made purely out of a shared interest in a particular disease area or patient issue – and there is no conflict of interest.

Below are several funding options that we invite patient advocacy and charitable organizations to consider. Please note that the submission of a request for funding is not a guarantee that the funding will be approved.

Charitable donation requests

Astellas Charitable Contributions support qualified 501c3 charitable organizations dedicated to providing access to health and wellness information to support family members and caregivers struggling with disease, giving them one less thing to worry about and a community that they can rely on. Our areas of focus are Aging Healthy and Patient and Caregiver Community Support and align with Astellas current and emerging therapeutic areas.

Through our charitable donation system, Astellas supports a wide range of charitable activities, including:

  • Patient and caregiver support programs
  • Patient and caregiver education and health literacy programs
  • Local/community support events and fundraising activities
  • Equipment donations

All requests must be made through and at least 60 days prior the program or event start date. Questions can be submitted to

Sponsorship requests

One of the most common approaches to funding comes in the form of sponsorships. Typically, these will involve Astellas offering financial or non-financial support for an event or program in return for a tangible benefit for our support. This benefit might be something like an annual membership to a society or a committee, an opportunity to set up a promotional display to raise awareness of our involvement in a particular area of concern or brand recognition on promotional materials.

There are a number of different areas and activities that Astellas actively supports through sponsorship, these include but are not limited to:

  • Healthcare conferences or meetings
  • Booths, exhibits and displays
  • Research collaborations
  • Public awareness and educational activities

Sponsorship applications from patient advocacy organizations must be submitted to, and initial requests must be submitted at least six weeks in advance of the event or activity, to ensure that each request can be fully reviewed.

Independent Medical Education grants

An Independent Medical Education (IME) grant provides funding to support high-quality evidence-based education that is non-promotional and non-commercial across disease areas and is relevant to the current educational needs of healthcare providers. This differs from a charitable donation which can be used by an organization to support general operations or specific activities.

For more information, including areas of support, eligibility criteria and the grant overview process, and to submit an application, go to

Astellas USA Foundation

The Astellas USA Foundation is a nonprofit foundation that operates independently of Astellas as a philanthropic arm of the company. It awards grants to support charitable organizations for scientific, literary and educational programs. The Foundation promotes well-being and education, with a focus on:

  • Supporting the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals that are aimed at achieving healthy lives for all
  • Funding programs that inspire the next generation of scientists through science, technology, engineering and mechanics (STEM) education

To learn more about the types of programs funded and to submit an application, visit where full details of the eligibility criteria and grant application process can be found.

We have summarized below just some of the activities we support within each funding category. If your organization’s activity type is not included below, please contact

Astellas funding routes

Astellas support and funding for patient advocacy groups

Astellas Patient Advocacy is a function within Corporate Affairs at Astellas that focuses on creating, building and maintaining third-party relationships. We serve as a conduit between Astellas and external stakeholders to help improve patient outcomes, improve access issues and address patients’ unmet needs head on.

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