Novartis external funding

Novartis may provide external funding to legitimate organizations in the interest of driving its mission to improve healthcare, advance scientific/medical knowledge or support the communities where Novartis Associates live and work.

The applicant will be responsible for the application, content and implementation of any activity that receives Novartis support, including compliance with laws and regulations.

Applying for funding

Applications must outline a clear and defined purpose and transparent objectives, deliverables, milestones and outcomes as appropriate. Applications will only be accepted from legitimate organizations. Furthermore, funding support can only be provided to legitimate organizations and not to individuals.

All applications should relate directly to one or more Novartis Areas of Interest – these vary according to region or country, so please visit your local Novartis site for more information.

Funding may be provided in the form of grants. A grant is an unsolicited, independently requested monetary contribution for a specified purpose to support medical/scientific research, education, policy initiatives, and patient advocacy activities where Novartis will receive no benefit. Grants will not be provided to political parties.

How do I submit a request for funding?

Requests should be submitted via our GEMS portal. GEMS Portal for Grants is being rolled out globally in different phases. The following countries can currently not use GEMS:

  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Dutch Antilles
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Germany (Pharmaceuticals & Oncology & Sandoz)
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Italy (Pharmaceuticals & Oncology & Sandoz)
  • Jamaica
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Russia
  • Tobago
  • Trinidad
  • Uruguay
  • USA (Pharmaceuticals & Oncology)

If your country does not appear on this list, requests should be submitted to the GEMS portal by clicking here: 

Submit a Grant request

The list will regularly be updated but please confirm with your local Novartis contact that your country site has gone live before submitting a Grant Request.

An Investigator Initiated Trial or study funding request is not to be considered as a Grant. Click here to read more information for Investigator Initiated trials/Studies at Novartis and how to apply.

Guidance on using the portal is available here:

Introduction to Novartis GEMS Portal for Grant Application (PDF 0.2 MB)

Novartis GEMS Portal for Grants step-by-step user guide (PDF 1.8 MB)

How are requests evaluated?

Once received, each request will be reviewed carefully and fairly by the appropriate Novartis experts with every effort made to provide a response once we have all the necessary information.

Please note that your request will be assessed in consideration of applicable local laws and regulations.