Independent Medical Education

Genentech supports grants for independent medical education in an effort to advance excellence in medicine and healthcare and improve patient health outcomes by enhancing the knowledge of the medical community.

Independent Medical Education (IME) is generally defined as education for healthcare professionals (HCPs) provided by an independent educational provider, such as a community hospital, academic center, society/association or medical education and communication company.

Before you submit an application, we encourage you to explore the following materials to learn more about our opportunities for funding, eligibility requirements and considerations, and the process for submitting a proposal within our system.

All aspects related to IME including but not limited to the agenda, content, and faculty, must remain fully independent and be under the sole control of the activity organizers. Genentech will not provide any guidance to the IME provider. All accredited programs must follow the standards set forth in the ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education.


The Fine Print

What to know and materials to gather before you apply:

  • Grant requests must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the project/program/event start date.
  • You’ll need the following materials to submit your application:
    • W-9 Form / W-8BEN Form (Please note you will need the most current version of IRS form, signed within one year of application submission)
    • Detailed / Itemized Budget
    • Details for Preferred Payment Method (Electronic vs Check)
    • Identification of Authorized LOA Signer
    • Meeting agenda
    • Needs assessment document
    • Implementation plan

Funding Requirements & Priorities

  • Requests for funding an accredited continuing education activity must be submitted by the organization accrediting the activity (the accredited provider)
  • NOTE: If there are multiple credit types offered for the activity:
    • The ACCME-accredited organization must submit the application for any activities that offer AMA PRA Category 1 credit for physicians
    • If no AMA PRA Category 1 credit is offered for the activity, then an accredited provider offering a different credit type for the activity is eligible to submit the request
  • Your organization must not be:
    • A political or sectarian organization
    • An individual, group practice, or private physician office
  • If your organization is an accredited provider but you will be utilizing a non-accredited third party implementation provider to implement the proposed activity:
    • The third-party implementation provider must not be owned in whole or in part by, or controlled by a practicing physician or other HCP, or a group practice of physicians or other HCPs (regardless of size)
    • The third-party implementation provider must not be owned in whole or in part by, or controlled by, an individual who is an immediate family member of a practicing physician or other HCP
  • Organizations which also perform promotional activities must have sufficient separation (firewalls) between the grant requestor's or partner's promotional and medical education business units. Learn more about Genentech's firewall requirements via the dropdown below.


Funding Process – What to Expect*

*Please note the funding process for RFPs may include additional steps.

1. Review Online Resources

Click here for video tutorials, one-page tip sheets, and FAQs on how to use the funding request system.

2. Submit Application via our Funding Request System (gFRS)

You will receive a confirmation email upon submission.

3. Genentech Reviews

Your request will be reviewed for alignment to strategic focus areas and compliance with Genentech's policies

4. If Additional Information is Needed

If we need more information to make a decision, you will receive a Request for Information (RFI), or hear from a team member directly.

5. Decision

You will be able to track the status of an application and will receive an email communication regarding the final decision.

6. Letter of Agreement

If approved, your organization will need to enter into a Letter of Agreement (LOA) with Genentech in order to receive funds.

*Please note that our Funding Request System works best in Chrome and Safari