Funding

Grants / Fellowships

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Educational grants are provided in accordance with the Guidance Document on the Promotion of FDA-Regulated Products and the Dissemination of Scientific Information, and with the FDA Guidance on Industry-Supported Scientific and Educational Activities, the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support ("ACCME Standards"), the AMA Ethical Guidelines for Gifts to Physicians from Industry ("AMA Guidelines"), the AdvaMed Code of Ethics for Interactions with Health Care Professionals ("AdvaMed Code") and/or other relevant industry standards.

A focus on funding:

We are pleased to support programs every year that provide meaningful research, education and innovation to our healthcare community. To be considered, programs need to:

  • Align with our vision: Advancing surgical care worldwide to enhance patients' lives.
  • Focus on one of our specific therapeutic areas.
  • Follow appropriate government agencies (e.g., FDA, OIG); accrediting organizations (e.g., ACCME, AAFP, ANCC, ACPE, ACOG, ASPS); industry (e.g., AdvaMed) and medical association (e.g., AMA) guidelines, in addition to J&J Health Care Compliance policies.

We believe education is one of the most important tools we can provide the healthcare community. We are proud to support advancements in medical technology, as well as ongoing education for surgeons, nurses and other healthcare professionals through our educational grant program.

Organizations eligible to request educational grants:

  • Academic Medical Institutions
  • Hospitals
  • Professional Medical Societies
  • Patient Advocacy Organizations
  • Accredited CME Providers

Note: Individual physician, group practices, medical education communication companies, journal clubs, non-academic institutions or foundations are not eligible to request or receive educational grant funding from J&J.

Educational grant guidelines:

  • As of Jan 1, 2016, funding for faculty expenses (i.e. honoraria, travel and lodging) is reportable under Open Payments. Applicants who utilize COMPANY funds for faculty expenses must report faculty names along with the faculty individual’s value transfer to the COMPANY upon reconciliation
  • All applications must be submitted at least 60 days before the program begins. Applications submitted less than 60 days in advance may not be considered.
  • Educational grants must support educational activities that involve a scientific exchange of information with a medical focus.
  • Both accredited and non-accredited educational activity applications will be reviewed. The audience may consist of physicians, healthcare professionals, or patients.
  • Submission of a grant guarantees neither approval of the request, nor support for the entire amount requested.
  • Payment is made ONLY to the accredited body (CME provider) unless specifically directed by accrediting body in a letter directing payment otherwise.
  • If funding is requested for a Fellowship, the grant requestor must agree to provide the Company with information on the physician Fellowship recipients for disclosure in accordance with Federal Open Payments ("Sunshine") law (42 C.F.R 403.900).
  • Requests will not be reviewed until all requirements are met. Proof of organizational structure or stature may be requested.
  • Educational grants are provided without condition of product use or contingence upon any commitment to purchase, use, or recommend the use of our products.

Educational grant funding will NOT be provided to cover the following costs:

  • Meal costs for any program including CME or Non-CME (as a result of the Federal Open Payments (“Sunshine”) law (42 C.F.R.403.900).
  • Ordinary operating expenses of the sponsoring organization and other budget items not directly related to the education.
  • Normal organizational overhead: purchase of capital equipment, software, staff training, etc.
  • Travel, expenses or fees for participants at educational programs, conference/society meetings. As an exception, travel may be requested for HCPs in training, e.g. fellows, residents, medical students, if the request comes from the program sponsor or medical educational institution.
  • Reimbursement to physicians or other attendees for the cost of obtaining CME credits
  • Receptions/dinners, awards, gifts, examinations or non-educational activities.
  • Exhibit or display fees.

Educational grant funding cannot be used for the following:

  • Promotion of off-label use of a product
  • Educational courses that focus on practice management or business topics.
  • Courses outside the United States
  • Promotional activities (promotion of specific products or company)
  • Support of charitable programs
  • Support of programs that have already taken place

Educational grants are available in the following therapeutic areas:

  • Acclarent
  • ASP (Advanced Sterilization Products)
  • Ethicon Biosurgery
  • Ethicon Biopatch Products
  • Ethicon Energy
  • Ethicon Gynecare
  • Ethicon Hernia
  • Ethicon Minimally Invasive Procedures
  • Ethicon Obesity / Metabolics
  • Ethicon Thoracic
  • Ethicon Wound Closure
  • Mentor

Types of educational grants:

Accredited educational activities (Continuing Medical Education – CME and Continuing Education – CE):

Accredited educational activities are CME/CE programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or other appropriate accrediting body for continuing education credits. The accrediting body has responsibility for the program, program content and issuance of continuing medical education credits. Disclosure of support is required as per ACCME policies. Types of CME/CE activities supported by ETHICON include: conference/symposia or courses with or without labs, grand rounds programs, or development of educational materials.

Accredited (CME/CE) programs require the following additional information:

  • Name, address and contact of the accrediting organization.
  • Accreditation statement indicating the program name, date, venue and number of credits provided or a printed brochure with accreditation disclosed.

Non-accredited educational activities:

Non-accredited programs provide valuable education through an eligible organization; however, HCPs do not receive continuing education credits. Types of non-accredited activities include: conference/symposia or courses with or without labs, fellowships, grand rounds programs, development of educational materials, resident education or patient education programs. The guidelines below are specific to non-accredited programs:

  • J&J limits support to expenses directly related to the educational components of the budget, including:
    • Audio visual costs
    • Development and dissemination of educational materials
    • Lab fees and materials
    • Speaker honoraria, travel and lodging expenses
  • Activities not supported in a non-accredited program include ordinary operating expenses of the sponsoring organization, facility rental, meals, salary/travel expenses of sponsors employees or program participants, and other non-educational budget items.
  • Types of programs not supported include graduation dinners, holiday celebrations or reimbursement of expenses to a specific organization to prepare its residents for board qualifying examinations.

For the Educational Grants Transparency Disclosure, click here.

This online grant application is for educational grant requests only.

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