BD Biosciences: Grants for Disease

OVERVIEW: This company awards immunology and cancer grants to scientists and research institutions annually. These grants are for research only, rather than any diagnostic or therapeutic procedures.

IP TAKE: Although the company’s products have applications in diabetes and HIV/AIDS care, stick to immunology and cancer for your grant request.

PROFILE: BD Biosciences is a company that provides flow cytometers, reagents, tools and services to support the work of researchers and clinicians working in the field of disease care. Its research and clinical instruments include cell analyzers, cell sorters, software, and sample prep. Some of the research applications are apoptosis, B-cell research, cell & tissue microscopy and T-cell immunology. Clinical applications here are blood cell disorders, HIV and AIDS, transfusion/transplantation, and global health.

BD Biosciences research grants are awarded to help researchers pursue experiments to understand diseases. The corporate funder regularly awards grants for cancer research and immunology, totaling $240,000 per year. The grantmaking program is open to scientists and research labs based in the U.S. and select European countries.

BD was named Global Company of the Year in 2015 for Clinical and Research Flow Cytometry by Frost & Sullivan. This is a medical tech company that addresses the world’s most pressing health needs. These are the solutions that the company is focused on:

  • Improving medication management and patient safety
  • Supporting infection prevention practices
  • Equipping surgical and interventional procedures
  • Improving drug delivery
  • Aiding anesthesiology and respiratory care
  • Advancing cellular research and applications
  • Enhancing the diagnosis of infectious diseases and cancers
  • Supporting the management of diabetes

BD Immunology grants, one of two research grant programs, awards about $140,000 to 14 scientists per year. The simple application process involves writing a 4,000-character abstract and completing an online application. There are spring and fall grant cycles each year, so check the website for current deadlines.

Abstracts are welcome for evolving research in these areas:

  • Multicolor flow cytometry
  • Cell signaling
  • Stem cell research
  • Immune function
  • Infectious diseases
  • Neuroscience research

Cancer grants are awarded to 10 scientists each year for an annual total of $100,000. There are summer and winter deadlines for cancer grants. Both grant programs are open to scientists and research labs in the U.S., in the Member States of the European Union and in Andorra, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, and Vatican City State.

You can learn about recent recipients of immunology grants and stem cell grants, as well as the grant judges on the Winners page.

A panel of scientists, academics, and researchers judge grant applications and the Abstract Submission Best Practices document offers helpful advice for grantseekers. Questions about the immunology grant program should be directed to the staff here, and cancer grant program questions here. BD Biosciences is headquartered in San Jose California.

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