Fellowships

Funding for training programs created by medical schools, academic medical centers, teaching hospitals, or other healthcare-related organizations to support faculty and visiting scholars to advance their educational and research activities.

Through our Fellowship Programs, Biogen supports the education and development of future specialists in therapeutic areas with unmet need and increases the number of qualified researchers in the areas of science and medicine most aligned to Biogen’s mission.

 

 

Areas of Interest

Biogen considers requests to support Fellowship Programs in Alzheimer’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

Application Submission Cycles

Fellowship requests will be accepted and reviewed on a quarterly basis as outlined below:

Submission Cycle
Open Date
January 15
April 15
July 15
October 1
Submission Cycle
Deadline Date
February 15
May 15
August 15
November 1
*Ineligible Review
Notification Date
February 28
May 29
August 31
November 16
Decision
Notification Date
March 30
June 30
September 30
January 5

*Grant requests that do not meet therapeutic areas of interest or funding categories are ineligible for review

Funding requests should be submitted during the open submission period in the quarter prior to when a funding decision is needed.

Biogen reserves the right to decline any applications not adhering to the published submission cycles.

Application Requirements and Organization Eligibility

To be considered for a fellowship, the following criteria must be met:

  • Fellowship request must be unsolicited
  • Fellowship request must not provide tangible benefit to Biogen
  • Fellowship request must be submitted for a future program
  • Fellowship request should not disclose the name of the fellow in the application
  • Funding from other pharmaceutical/biotechnology companies, in addition to Biogen, to support the program is preferred (e.g. multiple sources of funding)
  • Funds are not granted to directly or indirectly encourage recipients to purchase or prescribe Biogen's products or services
  • Funds from Biogen will be awarded to the requesting organization and will not be given directly to the individual fellow
  • Requesting organization must be registered for more than 2 years
  • Requesting organization must confirm receipt of payment and verify how funds were used for all previous Biogen supported activities
  • Requesting organization and fellowship request must be in full compliance with all regional and local codes, laws and industry regulations, including, but not limited to anti-corruption, transparency and privacy laws and regulations.

Biogen will conduct appropriate due diligence on all requesting organizations and fellowship requests.

Biogen reserves the right to deny any fellowship request that does not meet application and eligibility requirements.

Biogen must not provide any substantive input or assistance to a requesting organization in drafting or submitting a fellowship request.

Biogen must not be involved in the selection of the fellow.

Biogen may modify the fellowship application and eligibility requirements of the Grants Program at any time.

Fellowship Program Overview

Biogen supports both Clinical and Research Fellowships. Fellowships are awarded to directly support fellows’ salaries and limited fringe benefits, in line with fair market value and local standards. Awarded funds may not be used to defray the organization’s operating expenses or to fund activities that are conducted for the organization’s operational purposes.

Research Fellowships

Research Fellowships must meet the following criteria:

  • Fellowship request must describe, with reasonable specificity, what areas of translational or clinical research the fellow will be pursuing
  • Fellowship request must have a clear and defined development plan and description of the research program(s)
  • Fellowship request should typically be for a one-year period, but no more than three years
  • Fellowship request must not be duplicative of any other institutional or research funding
  • Fellow must not be the Principal Investigator (PI) of a study; established researchers/investigators are ineligible for fellowship award
  • Fellowship award may not be renewed for a fellow previously selected by the organization using Biogen funds

Clinical Fellowships

Clinical Fellowships must meet the following criteria:

  • Fellowship request must provide a comprehensive clinical program allowing a fellow to demonstrate his/her learned skills and competencies
  • Fellowship request must have a clear and defined development plan for the fellow
  • Fellowship request must focus on building the clinical skills of the fellow
  • Fellowship program must provide training using multi-disciplinary teams
  • Fellowship program must utilize faculty who devote sufficient time to fulfill their supervisory and teaching responsibilities
  • Fellowship period must be no more than one academic year
  • Fellowship award may not be renewed for a fellow previously selected by the organization using Biogen funds

Review Process

Funding decisions for fellowships are made through a formal, centralized review and decision-making process.

To confirm Biogen’s independence from the requesting organization, the annual operating costs (total reportable expenses) of the organization are reviewed. The annual operating costs, which must be from either of the last 2 fiscal years, will be compared to the total funding provided to the requesting organization by Biogen on a rolling twelve (12) month-basis.

Decisions and Communications

The quality of the proposal, alignment with Biogen’s grants strategy and budget availability are all considered when making funding decisions. Decision notifications will be communicated in writing by the Grants Management & Strategic Giving Office. No other Biogen employee is authorized to provide this information.

Contracting and Payment

All recipient organizations must abide by the terms and conditions as outlined in the Biogen Letter of Agreement (LOA)/contract. The LOA/contract is issued electronically to an authorized signatory of the organization once an application is approved. A fully executed LOA/contract is required prior to the start of the program.

Payment will be issued upon execution of the LOA/contract.

Program Execution

Changes to an awarded fellowship must be reviewed and approved by Biogen prior to the start of the program. Organizations must submit the proposed changes to grantsandgiving@biogen.com and Biogen will review to determine whether funding may continue.

Reconciliation

Once the fellowship concludes, a reconciliation must be completed by the recipient organization. The reconciliation confirms:

  • Receipt of payment
  • Funding used appropriately, as described in the letter of agreement/contract
  • Fellowship objectives were achieved

This reconciliation must be completed and returned to the Grants Management & Strategic Giving Office within 90 days of the program end date. After 90 days, the reconciliation is considered overdue. Recipient organizations are not eligible to receive new funding until all overdue reconciliations are submitted and approved.

Transparency

Biogen adheres to global transparency and disclosure reporting obligations in accordance with local regulations.