Boston Scientific Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: This funder supports disease prevention and awareness programs in four U.S. geographic regions, with a focus on noncommunicable diseases. It typically provides one-year program support.

IP TAKE: Applicants should focus their proposals on prevention and awareness. BSF prefers one-year programs that target prevention of a widespread disease for a low-income community. Note also, that the foundation’s grants are restricted geographically.

PROFILE: The Boston Scientific Foundation is the charitable branch of Boston Scientific, a medical device and technology company whose products are used to diagnose and treat many types of diseases and conditions, including cardiac, digestive, pulmonary, vascular, urological, women's health and chronic pain conditions. The foundation takes a broad approach to grantmaking by contributing to clinics, schools, and neighborhoods across the United States. Its two main focus areas are Health, and Education.

BSF’s Health funding primarily supports disease prevention and awareness. The foundation is particularly interested in grant proposals for diagnostic, prevention and treatment services for non-communicable diseases. Its current funding priorities include “cancer, respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological, diabetes, gastrointestinal OR urologic diseases and disorders.” All proposals should address the needs of underserved and economically disadvantaged populations. Past grantees include the American Diabetes Association, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and North Metro Pediatrics.

Boston Scientific Foundation’s grants typically range from $5,000 to $25,000, according to tax filings. The foundation accepts applications for health grants between January 15 and April 15 each year. Note that the foundation will only support organizations located in select regions of Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and California.

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