Applying for a Contribution

Contribution requests are submitted to Genzyme through an online process. We accept applications from non-profits and educational institutions working in our areas of medical interest, as well as from community groups in areas of the U.S. where we have a business presence.
Before You Apply

Genzyme offers several types of contributions for different purposes, so please take a moment to review the information on this page and consider how your organization's mission fits with our guidelines. Be sure to apply well in advance of your funding needs. Our review process can take from 8 to 16 weeks; see below for additional details on timing and process.

Information to Prepare

Before you begin your application online, you may want to prepare the following information and documents, as applicable to your contribution request:

  • Detailed description of the program for which you're requesting funding
  • Total program budget and organization annual estimated income
  • Most recent financial statements, preferably independently audited
  • Your organization's U.S. tax exemption letter and W-9
Types of Contributions

Contributions Focusing on Our Therapeutic Areas

Genzyme distributes contributions to non-profit organizations, hospitals, research institutions, disease organizations, and medical education programs that target efforts in our areas of disease and therapeutic focus: 

  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Rare Genetic Diseases 
  • Thyroid Cancer 

Community Relations Contributions

Genzyme also provides Community Relations funding to support non-profit organizations focused on science education, health/access to health care, and unmet community needs, specifically in and around the areas in the U.S. where Genzyme has a business presence. Community Relations contributions are only available to certified non-profit organizations, and for specific programs and initiatives, not for general operating expenses or capital campaigns.

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Apply Online

Use the links below to apply online for the type of contribution you're interested in. At the start of the process, you'll create a login name and password so you can stop and save your application to complete at a later time

If you have questions about your application or which contribution type to select, please contact the Genzyme Contributions Coordinator.

Contribution Type

Contribution Purpose

Accredited Education Programs

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Fund high quality, independently accredited medical education designed to raise awareness and understanding about the disease areas in which we focus, improve the knowledge and clinical skills of health care providers, and address the informational, physical, and psychosocial needs of patients and caregivers

Unaccredited Medical Education

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Fund unaccredited activities aimed at educating health care professionals, such as health-related public conferences, symposia, or community awareness campaigns

Patient Education Programs

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Fund unaccredited activities aimed at educating patients, patient spouses/children, patient organizations, and caregivers


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The support of live events (e.g., walk-a-thons or other fundraisers)

Charitable Donations

Fund general operational support for patient/disease organizations, or program support for community-based organizations


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Funding provided to teaching hospitals, medical schools, and other institutions for research projects in Genzyme areas of interest but not directly related to Genzyme therapies or products

For Sponsorship requests targeted toward scientists and researchers in the areas of diabetes, renal, immune-mediated diseases, neurobiology, cystic fibrosis, gene therapies, and biomaterials, please find the application details at

Process, Timeline, and Eligibility

Genzyme accepts contribution requests through our online application; please do not submit proposals on paper or through other means. Once you complete the online process, you'll be notified by email upon our receipt of your application. During our review we may also contact you with follow-up questions.

Applications can be submitted online at any time, all year round. Please be sure to apply well in advance of your funding needs because the application review process can take from 8 to 16 weeks. Community Relations contributions are only reviewed quarterly; those applications received by the quarterly deadline dates (February 15, May 15, August 15, November 15) will be considered during the subsequent review meeting, approximately one month after the deadline. Review meetings for other types of contributions are held on an as-needed basis. We are unable to fund any programs after the event date.

In all cases, Genzyme notifies applicants of our decision by email. We receive many qualified and deserving applications and regret that we cannot fund all of them. All applications receive a fair review, and we encourage organizations to reapply for future programs and initiatives.

We are committed to the transparency of our interactions with health care professionals and institutions consistent with applicable laws in countries in which Genzyme has affiliates. Information relating to payments or other transfers of value to these recipients will be collected and reported as required under U.S. federal and state laws and regulations, including the “Sunshine” regulations.

Technical Support

If you are having difficulty with the online application process, have forgotten your login details, or need other technical assistance, please contact the Genzyme Contributions administrator online or by phone.

Last Updated: 5/13/2016
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