What is the legal status and the geographical scope of the Boston Scientific Foundation Europe (BSFE)?
The Foundation is a legal entity established in France, at Boston Scientific EMEA Headquarters in Paris, and it is regulated under French laws. The Foundation is an independent structure from a legal and operational standpoint, funded by Boston Scientific. The Foundation will be able to support local non-profit organisations based in Europe or European non-profit organisations covering other EMEA countries.
Who are the members of the Board?
The Foundation consists of nine members (six Boston Scientific employees and three patient advocates). Members are elected for three years.
What is the mission of the Foundation?
The mission of the Foundation is to help communities improve their health and well-being by supporting innovative digital health solutions.
The Foundation will be able to support local non-profit organisations based in Europe or European non-profit organisations covering other EMEA countries.
Is Boston Scientific Foundation Europe part of Boston Scientific Foundation (US)?
These are two separate legal entities that have a different geographic scope, legal structure and focus. However, both support the values of Boston Scientific.
APPLYING AND FUNDING
How does the funding work?
The Foundation is an independent structure, although funded by Boston Scientific. Project proposals will be reviewed according to selection criteria and budget available.
Funding will be in the form of a monetary donation to the requesting non-profit organisation.
It is possible to apply for multiple-year funding for longer-term projects and the timeline should be indicated in the budget calendar as part of the application. However, BSFE cannot fund more than one project from the same organisation within one fiscal year.
What type of projects will be taken into consideration by the Foundation?
The Foundation will consider projects led by non-profit organisations aligned with its mission to help communities improve their health and well-being through innovative digital health solutions.
Projects may address issues of public interest in disease prevention or management by:
- Supporting access to care in physical or mental health
- Improving the health of individuals and communities with unmet needs
- Facilitating access to prevention and awareness programmes
- Supporting research programmes aimed at improving prevention or disease management
- Optimising impact on well-being through innovative solutions and that empower people to connect with digital resources.
The support will be in the form of a monetary donation to the requesting non-profit organisation.
What is the process for non-profit organisations to apply for a donation from the Foundation?
Non-profit organisations should apply through the Foundation web page by filling in the online application form, making sure first that the project is aligned with the selection criteria.
What is the submission review process?
Once we have received your application it is checked to make sure all requirements have been met. A first review is then conducted by the BSFE Review Committee, who decide which applications are eligible to be submitted to the Board. Sometimes this may lead to additional questions for the applicant before your submission is ready for Board review.
The Review Committee meets at the beginning of each month and the Board reviews applications on a monthly basis towards the end of each month. The process from submission until Board decision can take an average of two months.
The Foundation Board will make final decisions on the award of grants and there is no guarantee that a grant will be awarded. Applicants will be informed of the Board’s decision via email.