Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW:  The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation (BMSF) broadly funds programs and organizations that address major international health concerns, such as cancer, hepatitis, and HIV.

IP TAKE:  This foundation tends to offer substantial grant support to equally substantial organizations. Smaller organizations will have a difficult time attracting BMSF’s notice.

PROFILE: The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, established in 1955, is the charitable giving arm of the Bristol-Myers Squibb pharmaceutical company. The foundation seeks to “improve the health outcomes of populations disproportionately affected by serious diseases by strengthening healthcare worker capacity, integrating medical care and community-based supportive services, and mobilizing communities in the fight against disease.” It has six focus areas concerning Cancer, Specialty Care, Hepatitis B and C, HIV, Diabetes, and Veterans’ Mental Health.

BMSF has dedicated grantmaking programs for several individual diseases. Its Cancer funding supports “community-based programs that promote cancer awareness, screening, care, and support among high-risk populations” in the United States, Africa, and Central and Eastern Europe, with a particular focus on “lung, skin, breast, and cervical cancers.” Hepatitis B and C funding consists of the Delivering Hope initiative, directed at India and China, which aims to “raise awareness about the dangers of hepatitis B and hepatitis C,” “inform health policy and national programs,” “build the capacity of healthcare providers and communities to address these diseases,” and “promote disease prevention in the hardest-hit and greatest at-risk populations." HIV funding through BMSF’s Secure the Future initiative is primarily aimed at work to help “bridge the gap in HIV treatment and support disparities in Africa.” The foundation has more limited support for HIV/AIDS programs in the United States, namely the Washington AIDS Partnership. Finally, BMSF’s Diabetes funding “strives to improve the health outcomes of people living with type 2 diabetes in the U.S.” through “patient self-management education,” “community-based supportive services,” and “broad-based community mobilization.”

BMSF’s substantial grants are typically at least $500,000 and are sometimes in the millions.

Grant seekers should keep in mind that BMSF limits its grants to organizations and medical institutions; the Foundation does not support research projects and does not award grants to individual medical professionals, researchers, or scientists.

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