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Alkermes Inspiration Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits for Treatment and Support
Programs for Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Deadline Date:

10/02/18 6:00 PM ET


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Grants generally starting at $12,000 to USA nonprofits to develop and expand programs that support people affected by mental illness and substance use disorders. Funding may be used to enhance and improve resources and support and/or to involve the patient's perspective in care delivery and drug development.

The ALKERMES INSPIRATION GRANTS® program is a competitive, request for proposal (RFP) based grants initiative developed to underscore the company’s ongoing commitment to support the comprehensive needs of people affected by mental health and substance use disorders. Through this initiative, Alkermes will award up to $1 million in grants for the development or expansion of innovative programs to support the mental health and substance use disorder communities in two key areas:

- Improving or enhancing support or resources for people affected by mental illness or substance use disorders
- Integrating the perspective of people affected by mental illness or substance use disorders into drug development or care delivery.

The list below provides suggested program areas eligible for funding. Please note these are only suggestions and may not include all possible program concepts. Applicants are encouraged to be creative and innovative in your organization’s efforts to best meet the needs of the community.

Improving or enhancing support or resources for people affected by mental illness or substance use disorders:
- Early intervention
- Stigma reduction
- Psychosocial support or evaluation of existing services (e.g., peer-based support, adjunctive behavioral treatment modalities)
- Caregiver support or evaluation of existing services
- Programs that link community services
- Transitional support, housing, employment or other wrap-around services
- Relapse prevention and recovery
- Innovative criminal justice programs
- Other unmet need

Integrating the perspective of people affected by mental illness or substance use disorders into drug development or care delivery:
- Clinical trial education, operational enhancements and support services
- Development of new tools or resources to understand patient preferences
- Decision aid resources to support improved clinician/patient dialogue
- Training programs to enable patients or advocates to understand the drug development process and play a more active role
- Other unmet need

Proposals will be evaluated based on a standard set of review criteria, which include potential impact, identification of need and creativity of the solution, the organization’s ability to execute and the sustainability of the program.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184341

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Historically, the funding awarded to individual programs has ranged from $12,000 to $200,000. The request amount must not exceed $1 million.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible non-profit organizations with varying budgets can apply. These include, but are not limited to, patient organizations and professional societies. Local, regional and national programs will all be considered.

At this time, the ALKERMES INSPIRATION GRANTS will be awarded to programs in the U.S. only.

Proposals that include any of the following exclusion criteria will not be considered:
- Programs that reference Alkermes products or product candidates, or seek to measure the impacts of Alkermes products (programs that measure outcomes generally that are not tied to specific treatments may be considered)
- Individuals or a healthcare professional’s private practice, including entities associated with, or controlled by an individual healthcare professional or healthcare professional’s private practice
- Organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, religion, sexual orientation or disability
- Funding for events or programs that have already occurred
- Political organizations, campaigns or direct lobbying activities
- Religious organizations or groups whose activities are primarily sectarian in purpose
- Programs or proposals that supplement an organization’s income or offset its expenses in a manner that benefits, directly or indirectly, a healthcare provider’s compensation

Pre-Application Information:

The submission period will be open from September 5 (7 AM ET) to October 2 (6 PM ET), and grants will be awarded to selected organizations in November 2018.

An organization may apply for multiple grants (each program application must be submitted separately) and may apply with programs in either of the two funding categories or both.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Lani Straus, Associate Account Director
(628) 231-2148

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming