AAA External Funding

We are proud to support patient organizations, academic research institutions, industry associations and other partners as part of our mission to transform patients’ lives.

As a Novartis group company, AAA 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 AAA Associates live and work.

We ensure that our interactions with all of our stakeholders are based on the highest ethical standards and compliant with all applicable laws, regulations and industry codes and we strive to build relationships based on transparency, mutual respect and shared goals.

AAA Patient Organization Funding is reported by Novartis. For more information, please click here.

For information on AAA UK Joint Working Initiatives, please click here.

Applying for funding

Applications must outline a clear and defined purpose and transparent objectives, deliverables, milestones and outcomes as appropriate and directly related to AAA Areas of Interest.

Applications will only be accepted from legitimate organizations and not from individuals. The applicant will be responsible for the application, content and implementation of any activity that receives AAA support, including compliance with laws and regulations.


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 AAA will receive no benefit. Grants will not be provided to political parties. Please note that an Investigator Initiated Trial (IIT) or study funding request is not to be considered as a grant.

How do I submit a grant request?

For all countries except for the United States of America (“ex-US”), grant applications are only received through the Novartis GEMS (Grants, External Studies and Managed Access System) Portal by clicking here: Submit a grant request (ex-US).  Sponsorship requests for all countries except for the United States of America (“ex-US”), may be directed to appropriate AAA contacts.

To submit a medical grant, or patient advocacy sponsorship or grant application in the United States of America (US), please click here to access the US country page and see specific information for medical or patient advocacy funding requests. Any other US sponsorship requests should be directed to appropriate AAA contacts.

Guidance on using the GEMS 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 grant applications evaluated?

Once received, each request will be reviewed carefully and fairly by the appropriate AAA 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.

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