Bristol Myers-Squibb Foundation: Grants for Global Health

OVERVIEW: The Bristol Myers-Squibb (BMS) Foundation focuses its international health efforts on three specific areas: cancer in Europe; hepatitis in Asia; and HIV/AIDS in Africa.

IP TAKE: The BMS Foundation focuses on helping improve the health outcomes in poor and vulnerable populations across all of its giving platforms, and it is not unusual for it to tap well known funders in global health. BMS prizes collaboration and partnerships. Smaller organizations seeking out BMS funding should consider collaborating, partnering, or forming a mentor-mentee relationship with larger organizations to gain funding attention from BMS. 

PROFILE: The charitable arm of a multinational pharmaceutical company, the Bristol Myers-Squibb Foundation devotes millions of dollars annually to reducing health care disparities in the United States and in select areas abroad. Internationally, the foundation focuses narrowly on preventing and treating a few, specific diseases most common in a handful of regions. BMS Foundation's key grantmaking programs include Cancer, Specialty Care, Hepatitis B/C, HIV, Diabetes and Veterans' Mental Health and Well Being.

      The BMS Foundation occasionally makes larger grants to organizations that are established, well known, and already have the resources to achieving change on a large scale. However, most grants fall in the $10,000 to $100,000 range.

      In general, the BMS Foundation appreciates metrics and documentation, so prospective grantees should send detailed proposals. The foundation's grant application process is one of the most grantee-friendly around, but be prepared before you approach the foundation for support. Bristol-Myers Squibb, as a rule, likes details, data points, and plenty of financial, legal, and other supporting information about your organization. The foundation will process your submission in about six to eight weeks.

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