Medical grants

GSK Canada supports independent medical education, professional organization memberships and sponsorships, and other medical grants

GSK recognizes a responsibility to support activities in our medical community, whether related to our commitment to support medical education where there is patient need and mutual scientific interest, to support professional societies’ initiatives, or to assist healthcare organizations or projects that promote other healthcare goals. In all of our interactions we aim to be transparent about our work, operate with integrity, and always put the interests of patients first.

GSK Canada Medical will review qualifying grant requests and may reach out for additional information.

Timeline: Decisions on funding requests may take 8-10 weeks and decisions will be communicated when each review is complete.

Specifically, for independent medical education requests, applications will be accepted two times per year during Call for Proposals:

  • April 15th 
  • September 15th 

For Other Medical Grants, Professional Organization Memberships and Sponsorships requests, applications will be accepted throughout the year.

Exception: Independent medical education grant requests related to Specialty Care areas of interest are accepted throughout the year.

To qualify for a Medical Grant, you must meet the criteria below, and submit a completed application form with all supporting documents to medicalgrants.canada@gsk.com.

Please ensure you meet the following criteria before submitting an application:

  1. I confirm that the event or activity will not start for 12 weeks following date of application submission.
  2. I confirm that the application is on behalf of an organization (not an individual).
  3. I confirm the request is in one or more of GSK’s disease area of interest.
  4. I confirm the request is for an eligible Canadian medical organization.

Conference Sponsorship Requests:

If the funding request offers any sort of commercial benefit (e.g. booth or complementary conference registration in exchange for sponsorship) the request is a Conference Sponsorship. Please submit these requests to the conference sponsorship team at email: ca.conference-sponsorship@gsk.com.

 

Select the appropriate tab based on the type of request:

Independent Medical Education

GSK funds education initiatives for Canadian healthcare professionals in disease areas where there is patient need and mutual scientific interest. Our support of these initiatives is at arm’s-length – we have no involvement or influence on the education development, logistics or selection of participants. We focus our resources on programs that have the greatest potential to close learning gaps and to improve patient health.

Applications will be accepted two times per year during Call for Proposal months: April and September.

Decisions on funding requests will be made available following the close of each Call for Proposal.

Applications along with any supporting material should be submitted to medicalgrants.canada@gsk.com at a minimum of 12 weeks prior to the program start date. Anything less is subject to decline based on time constraints.

 

Additional Information:

Professional Organization Memberships and Sponsorships

For professional organizations of healthcare professionals, GSK will consider requests for contributions, memberships and sponsorships. Please submit requests for professional organization contributions, memberships or sponsorships to medicalgrants.canada@gsk.com along with the following form and additional information:

Verification form for contributions, memberships and sponsorships of professional organizations 

Please include a budget if a project-related funding request. If not project-related funding, please provide your organization’s annual report.

Other Medical Grants

GSK will also consider requests for other types of medical grants, such as patient education, grants to support academic medical initiatives, and healthcare fellowships or scholarships.

Please submit requests for other medical grants to medicalgrants.canada@gsk.com, ensuring that all requested information in the form is provided, either by completing the form and/or providing supporting documents:

Application Form

Please include a budget if project-related funding is requested.

Eligible Medical Organizations

  • Scientific or professional organizations
  • Professional medical, pharmacy and nursing societies
  • Patient advocacy groups, patient centred organizations (e.g. seniors’ or community services)
  • University Faculties
  • Integrated Health Networks and Health Authorities
  • Hospital departments or divisions

Please note that applications from the following organization types will not be accepted:

  • Individual HCPs (Healthcare Professionals) or small working groups of HCPs
  • For-profit online education, publishing or communications companies and similar ventures
  • Non-Canadian organizations

Disease areas of interest

Oncology

  • Endometrial Cancer
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Ovarian Cancer

Respiratory

  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Chronic cough

Vaccines

Specialty Care

  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
  • Anemia due to chronic kidney disease (CKD)

COVID-19 Therapeutics

Funded IME initiatives

2023

In 2023, a total of $287,960 has been provided to support seven independent medical education programs. These programs include:

  • Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS), B the change you want to see: Updating the narrative on MenB
  • Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS), Meningococcal B update
  • International Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine Canada (ICEBM), Maximizing survival in advanced or recurrent endometrial cancer: the evolving role of immunotherapy
  • io Health Association, Vaccine center of excellence innovative content campaign
  • io Health Association, Vaccine center of excellence pharmacist and student education
  • Ontario Pharmacist Association, Delivering a comprehensive pharmacy-based vaccines program: travel consultation and routine vaccine recommendations
  • Ordo Pharma, Panel on respiratory infections in pharmacies: from cough to vaccination
2022

In 2022, a total of $522,730 has been provided to support ten independent medical education programs. These programs include:

  • The Canadian Collaborative Research Network (CCRN), Aiming for Above Par Outcomes in Advanced Ovarian Cancer: The role of frontline maintenance therapy with PARP inhibitors
  • Department of Family & Community Medicine, Humber River Hospital, Humber River Hospital Family Medicine rounds
  • Ontario Pharmacists Association, Building pharmacist’s skills in helping patients with COPD
  • Ontario Pharmacists Association, Delivering a comprehensive pharmacy-based vaccines program
  • Partners in Progressive Medical Education, Herpes Zoster vaccination – protecting more adults now
  • The Canadian Paediatric Society, Meningococcal B update
  • The Society of Gynecologic Oncology of Canada (GOC), A comprehensive, focused and accessible training resource for management of immunotherapeutic care in gynecologic cancers
  • International Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, Canada, Inc (ICEBM), Getting on the case of advanced endometrial cancer: how biomarkers may inform immunotherapy treatment decisions
  • Nova Scotia Health, Providing COPD education through the INSPIRED COPD outreach expansion in Nova Scotia
  • University of Toronto, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, Practice pointers lecture series focused on vaccine education
2021

In 2021 a total of $577,125 has been provided to support 10 independent medical education programs. These programs include:

  • Canadian Hematology Society (CHS), The Next Frontier in Immunotherapy for Multiple Myeloma: What Will BCMA Targeting Mean for Our Relapsed/Refractory Patients?
  • Federation of Medical Women of Canada (FMWC), Prioritizing Childhood Immunizations in the Wake of a Pandemic: Elevating the Pediatric Vaccination Conversation
  • Groupe des maladies plasmocytaires du Québec (GMPQ), 2021-2022 GMPQ educational program
  • Immunize Canada, Optimizing Adult Immunization Among First Nations, Inuit and Métis Populations: Key Challenges and Solutions
  • Immunize Canada, Shining a Spotlight on Older Canadians: Elevating Routine Immunization in the Wake of a Pandemic
  • International Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine Canada, Inc (IC-EBM), Immunotherapy in Advanced Endometrial Cancer: Opportunities and Challenges
  • Niagara Health System, Respirology Journal Club of Niagara presents: Dr. Peter Ip Fund Chun, MD, FRCPC –“Approach to eosinophilia: An opportunity for multidisciplinary care”
  • Ordo Pharma, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): dynamic learning strategies for community pharmacists
  • Partners in Progressive Medical Education (PPME), Invasive Meningococcal Disease Serogroup B - Are Your Patients Protected Against the Most Prevalent Serogroup?
  • St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Rounds and Journal Club 2021
2020

In 2020, a total of $879,550​ has been provided to support 19 independent medical education programs. These programs include:

  • BC Cancer Foundation, BC Cancer Family Practice Oncology Network – Ovarian Cancer Webinar
  • Canadian Collaborative Research Network (CCRN), New Frontiers in Ovarian Cancer Treatment
  • Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS), CTS Response to COVID-19
  • Centre for Heart-Lung Innovation (HLI), UBC Centre for Heart-Lung Innovation Friday Seminar Series
  • City-Wide Division of Rheumatology, 2020 Rheumatology Rounds
  • Family Physicians Airways Group of Canada (FPAGC), Asthma Management and COVID-19
  • Federation of Medical Women of Canada (FMWC), Immunization: Protect with Confidence for Both Physicians and Patients
  • Federation of Medical Women of Canada (FMWC), Prioritizing Childhood Immunizations in the Wake of a Pandemic: Elevating the Pediatric Vaccination Conversation
  • Immunize Canada, Shining a Spotlight on Older Canadians: Elevating Routine Immunization in the Wake of a Pandemic
  • International Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (ICEBM), Rethinking Patient Care: Maintenance Therapy of Recurrent Ovarian Cancer
  • Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, How to Address Vaccine Hesitancy in your Patients
  • RESPIPLUS, Educational Initiative for Chronic Lung Diseases and COVID-19
  • RESPIPLUS, Educational Platform for “Living Well with Severe Asthma”
  • RESPIPLUS, Optimizing Care in COPD during COVID-19. A Preventative and Wellness Approach
  • RQESR, Soutien financier aux activités de formation continue d’éducation en santé respiratoire en contexte de pandémie de la COVID-19
  • Paul’s Hospital, Tuesday Pulmonary & Friday Pathology Rounds
  • The Society of Gynecologic Oncology of Canada (GOC), PARP Inhibitors for Recurrent Ovarian Cancer: Leveraging the Latest Tools in the Therapeutic Toolbox to Improve Patient Outcomes
  • Trillium Health Partners, 2019/2020 Family Medicine Rounds
  • Women’s College Hospital (WCH), Respiratory Division, Education Support at Women’s College Hospital, Respiratory Division
2019

In 2019, thus far, a total of $730,557 has been provided to support 21 independent medical education programs. These programs include:

  • Centre for Heart Lung Innovation (HLI), Centre for Heart Lung Innovation Friday Seminar Series
  • Canadian Vasculitis research network (CanVasc), CAVALI book - 2nd Edition: 2018 Update of the Canadian Vasculitis Learning Initiative
  • Institute for Heart + Lung Health (IHLH), Heart + Lung FEST 2019
  • RESPIPLUS, Development of an online training program for COPD medication and inhalers
  • Ontario Pharmacy Evidence Network (OPEN), The Pharmacists Are In
  • Mcgill University: Meakins-Christie Laboratories, 21st Annual International Meakins-Christie Laboratories Workshop Molecular Physiology of Respiratory Diseases
  • Bleu, Network of Experts, Colloque Bleu 2019 – International traveler health and immunization
  • Association of General Practitioners of the Bois-Francs (AMOBF), Relevance of spirometry in Emergency care and treating pneumonia
  • Women's College Hospital, Respiratory Division, Education support at Women's College Hospital
  • Laval University - Chair of Knowledge Transfer, Training, and Prevention Chair on Respiratory and Cardiovascular Health, Restructuring of the Knowledge Transfer, Training, and Prevention Chair on Respiratory and Cardiovascular Health’s website
  • Family Physicians Airways Group of Canada (FPAGC), Managing Asthma Across the Severity Spectrum: Strategies for Personalizing Therapy
  • International Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (ICEBM), Childhood vaccination: Overcoming MMR Vaccine Hesitancy
  • International Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (ICEBM), Combatting Vaccine Hesitancy with Patient Education: NACI Statement
  • University of Toronto Practice-Based Research Network (UTOPIAN),Severe asthma management in Family Medicine: A workshop-based approach that promotes collaborative care
  • St. Paul's Hospital, Tuesday (Pulmonary) & Friday (Pathology) Rounds
  • Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA), Vaccine Hesitancy and a generation at risk: Improving vaccine uptake in primary care through better patient counselling
  • Federation of Medical Women of Canada (FMWC), Varicella Zoster: Protection of All Ages
  • Pain Society of Alberta (PSA), Herpes Zoster Update: Walkthrough of a Complex Case
  • Queen's University, Meningococcal B vaccination: What Canadian HCP's need to know
  • Whole Health Pharmacy Partners, Shielding Society from Shingles: An interactive herpes zoster education module and tools that enable pharmacists to improve immunization rates in the communities they serve
  • International Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (ICEBM), The Road Ahead Ovarian Cancer
2018

In 2018, a total of $971,755 has been provided to support 29 independent medical education programs. These programs include:

  • The Laval University Knowledge Transfer, Training, and Prevention Chair on Respiratory and Cardiovascular Health, Development of an Animated E-Learning Tool for Evaluation and Treating Asthma
  • RESPIPLUS, Development of an Educational Program for Severe Asthma Inspired on the Model “Living Well With…”
  • International Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, Canada, What Do the New Clinical Trials on COPD Mean for You?
  • Canadian Collaborative Research Network, Strategies for Optimizing Herpes Zoster Immunization in Canadian Practice
  • Pain Society of Alberta, Herpes Zoster and Post-Herpetic Neuralgia: Prevention and Management
  • Queen's University, Preventing Meningococcal Disease – A Primer for Primary Care Physicians (re-accreditation)
  • University of Waterloo, School of Pharmacy, Pharmacists as Immunizers: A Special Supplement to the Canadian Pharmacists Journal
  • Institute for Heart + Lung Health, Heart + Lung Health FEST 2018
  • Saskatchewan Health Authority, Spirometry Interpretation Training
  • GMF Village Santé, COPD-Guidelines
  • Herzl Family Practice Center, Spirometry Interpretation - Update on COPD Available Treatments
  • Pharmacists Manitoba, Update on Shingles Vaccines (session at Pharmacists Manitoba Conference)
  • Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia, Adult Immunization Program for Pharmacy
  • Bleu Experts, Shingles: Which vaccine? For Whom? Session at Blue Travel Health Conference
  • Saskatchewan Health Authority, Regina Area, Regina Vaccine Update
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia, Adult Immunization Tool Kit for Pharmacists
  • Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists - PEI Branch, Comprehensive Review of Recent COPD Guidelines (GOLD)
  • Herzl Family Practice Centre, Update on Asthma guidelines, Differentiating Asthma vs. COPD, New Available Treatments
  • Continuing Professional Committee at Honoré Mercier de St. Hyacinthe Hospital Centre, Latest Trends in Pharmacology
  • Ontario Pharmacists Association, Asthma Management - The Essentials
  • Clinique Médical Longévité, Update on COPD: Interpretation of spirometry reports
  • Pharmacy Leaders of Tomorrow (PLoT), Reducing Disease Burden, Providing Innovative Supportive Care, and Building a Sustainable Service: Herpes Zoster prevention and the Role of the Pharmacist
  • Ontario Pharmacists Association, Delivering a Comprehensive Pharmacy-Based Vaccines Program
  • International Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, Canada, Travel Health: A Focus on Hepatitis A&B
  • Canadian Thoracic Society, Pharmacotherapy in Patients with COPD - An Update
  • Canadian Collaborative Research Network, Uncontrolled Asthma: Which Patients to Refer and What to Do Pre-Referral (A Talks Program)
  • British Columbia Pediatric Society, Increasing Vaccine Uptake: Parental Acceptance and the Pediatrician's Influence
  • Canadian Thoracic Society, CTS Speaker Series: Pharmacotherapy Update fir Patients with COPD
  • Canadian Collaborative Research Network, Uncontrolled Asthma: Which Patients to Refer and What to Do Pre-Referral (A Topic Review Program)

Summaries of the independent medical education initiatives we fund in Canada each year will be posted upon completion of the selected activity.

If you have any questions regarding GSK grant payments to independent medical education providers in the meantime, please send an email to: gsk-medical-education.canada@gsk.com.

2017

In 2017, a total of $610,000 was provided to support 15 independent medical education programs. These programs included:

  • The Canadian Thoracic Society, Precision Medicine in Asthma and the Role of Biologics (symposium presented at the Canadian Respiratory Conference)
  • The University of Calgary Division of Respiratory Medicine, Improving Respiratory Specialty Consultation and Education through Shared Care within Calgary and Area PCNs Family Practice Offices
  • The Canadian Collaborative Research Network, Prophylaxis and Management of Acute Exacerbation in COPD
  • The Canadian Pediatric Society, Decreasing Vaccine Hesitancy: Enhancing the Knowledge and Skills of Healthcare Professionals
  • Medicentres Canada, Inc., Travel Medicine Consultation Best Practice
  • Sinai Health System, 2017 Sinai Health System Influenza Vaccine Education Campaign
  • Family Physician Airways Group of Canada, The Complexity of COPD Diagnosis and Management: 2017 Canadian Thoracic Society COPD Guidelines Update
  • The Lung Association, Saskatchewan, RESPTREC Severe Asthma Course
  • The Canadian Thoracic Society, COPD Pharmacotherapy Update Knowledge Translation Tools and Resources
  • The Canadian Thoracic Society, Severe Asthma and the Role of Biologics
  • The Canadian Public Health Association, Adult Immunization in Practice: A Continuing Medical Education for Primary Care Providers
  • The Federation of Medical Women of Canada, Varicella Zoster Virus: From Chickenpox to Shingles
  • Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region, Spirometry Interpretation Training
  • BC Pharmacy Association, Live Webinar: Herpes Zoster Vaccine Update: Recombinant Zoster Vaccine - The Evidence, Impact, Outcome, and Role of the Pharmacist
  • St. Paul's Hospital Respiratory Division, Centre for Heart Lung Innovation Seminar Series

Summaries of the independent medical education initiatives we fund in Canada each year will be posted upon completion of the selected activity.

If you have any questions regarding GSK grant payments to independent medical education providers in the meantime, please send an email to: gsk-medical-education.canada@gsk.com.

Frequently Asked Questions


Any questions as well as requests to set up a telephone call can be sent to the medical grants group mailbox at medicalgrants.canada@gsk.com.

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If your application does not meet the eligible medical organization criteria, you may not be eligible for a medical grant. If you do meet the criteria but your application does not fall under any of the grant types, please contact our group mailbox for further assistance.

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While we highly encourage your use of the application form to facilitate our timely review, as long as you answer the questions outlined in our form and that information can be easily found in your submission, you are welcome to attach separate documents to your e-mail instead of completing the GSK form.

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Once we receive your application, we will send you an email confirmation to acknowledge our receipt. From there, it is processed by our internal committees before a final decision is made. All applicants are notified via email on the outcome of the application.

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Please notify us if there is any significant change to your funded program. If a program is delayed, it is important for our team to be notified so we can update our internal trackers accordingly.

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Timing of funds being issued will be dependent on the recipient and method of payment. We process payments either via cheque or electronic funds transfer (EFT). Payment can only be issued once a formal agreement has been signed by both parties. Following this, it can take at least 2 weeks for cheque payments to be received. EFT payments can be issued much quicker. If you plan to work with GSK for multiple events, it is highly recommended you set up EFT payments to facilitate more efficient payment.

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If the funding request offers any sort of commercial benefits (e.g. booth or complementary conference registration) in exchange for sponsorship, the request is a Conference Sponsorship and will be assessed by the conference sponsorship team. Please submit requests to their group mailbox, ca.conference-sponsorship@gsk.com.

If the funding request does not include commercial benefits or opportunities for funders, it may qualify as medical education. Medical education programs are targeted at Health Care Professionals (HCPs) (e.g. physicians, nurses, pharmacists, etc.) and must be educational in nature.

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