Olympus America
Important Note: Olympus is currently working through the implications of the COVID-19 crisis on our support for grant activities, please click “Learn More” for updated information regarding our program.

North America
Independent Medical & Microscopy Education
Grants from Olympus

Eligibility Details

Grant recipients must be 501(c)(3) (or similarly designated) not-for-profit organizations. The Grants Committee focuses on educational or patient-benefitting activities organized by independent third parties with a genuine microscopy or medical education function relating to disease states, conditions and/or treatments for which Olympus products are used. The Committee assesses all requests pursuant to Olympus’ Compliance Code and does not make decisions based upon past, present or future opportunities to generate business or goodwill from requestors.

The Committee is currently accepting applications for financial and short-term in-kind product loan support for the following programs in North America.

The Committee currently supports:
  • Accredited and non-accredited microscopy educational programs or medical educational conferences, symposia and workshops
  • Community health fair events that provide education or medical procedures at no-cost to eligible patient populations
  • Clinical fellowships coordinated by medical societies: current priority areas include advanced endoscopy, interventional pulmonology and minimally invasive surgery
  • Capital campaigns benefitting training and educational facilities operated exclusively by medical societies

NOTE: Review of Clinical Fellowship requests has been temporarily paused. Please check back in December 2021.

The Committee does not currently support:
  • Non-clinical fellowships
  • Clinical fellowships coordinated by universities, medical schools and/or teaching hospitals
  • Requests directly benefiting individual health care professionals or microscopists, including institution-specific fellowships
  • Funds for travel, lodging, honoraria or meal expenses for any healthcare professional or microscopist
  • Requests to underwrite course expenses for health care professionals or microscopists

Process Overview

Process Overview

Application Requirements

Where to Apply
Where to Apply

Applicants seeking grant support must apply exclusively through our online Grants Management System. Applications submitted by any other means will not be considered.

When to Apply
When to Apply

The online registration process and application must be completed properly and submitted at least 60 days prior to the start date of the event for which support is requested.

Necessary Information to Apply
Necessary Information to Apply

For North American organizations, the Committee requires specific information about both requesting organizations and grant-related programs. Submissions must be received in English. Financial requests and organizations’ budget details must be represented in U.S. dollars. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Click here for a helpful list of recommended details and documentation to have available before starting a grant application.

Meeting Cycle
Meeting Cycle

The Committee meets every four to six weeks to review grant applications.

Committee Decisions are Final
Committee Decisions are Final

The Committee reserves the right to deny applications or to adjust support levels in accordance with its discretion. The deliberation process is confidential and decisions cannot be appealed or revisited.

Olympus-issued Letter of Agreement Required
Olympus-issued Letter of Agreement Required

When grant support is awarded, both parties are required to execute Olympus’ Letter of Agreement outlining the terms and conditions of grant support. This document must be executed prior to the start of any grant-supported program.

Reconciliation
Reconciliation

As specified in the Letter of Agreement, requestors are required to submit a reconciliation report within 90 days of their medical education program’s end date. Reconciliation data must be submitted through our Grants Management System. Failure to complete the reconciliation process will jeopardize the status of pending and future grant requests.


Resources

GRANTS CHECKLIST

Helpful list of recommended details and documentation requestors may wish to have available before starting a grant application.
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FAQS

Document outlining the most frequent questions regarding the Olympus Grants Program and their responses.
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REGISTRATION GUIDE

Step-by-step guide on how to create a user account on our system.
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APPLICATION GUIDE

Step-by step guide on how to submit grant applications.
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RECONCILIATION GUIDE

Step-by-step guide on how to submit a post-program reconciliation for approved grants.
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OLYMPUS LETTER OF AGREEMENT

Document outlining the terms and conditions of grant support. When grant support is awarded, both parties are required to execute Olympus’ Letter of Agreement
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OLYMPUS GRANTS TEAM

Can’t find the answers to your questions? A member of our team would be happy to help.

Grants Team Contact Information: ocagrants@olympus.com or 484-896-3939


Olympus’ Commitment

In keeping with Olympus’ commitment to high professional and ethical standards, the decision-making process for the Committee is guided by the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals, as revised effective July 1, 2009. To learn more about governing principles and expectations relating to grant support, visit www.advamed.org or review Olympus’ publication, “Keeping our Focus: Compliance Summary for Customers and Health Care Professionals.” Important points include:

Commitment to Independent Decision-Making

The Committee does not make decisions based on the desire to generate goodwill from grant requestors or to reward past or future purchases, referrals or recommendations of Olympus products or services

All Olympus sales and marketing personnel receive specific training advising them to remain separate and apart from matters relating to grant requests. With the exception of limited circumstances when they might be asked to solicit input regarding a product-related grant request, Olympus personnel may not:

  • Initiate or promote grant requests on behalf of a health care professional or microscopist
  • Assist a health care professional or microscopist in applying for a grant
  • Create any expectations or convey information of any kind regarding grant approvals or denials

We thank you in advance for respecting the integrity of our process.

Commitment to Transparency

Olympus adheres to state and federal laws requiring life science companies to track and report certain expenses related to interactions with health care professionals. Data pertaining to financial and product support will be reported and published in accordance with the provisions of the Physician Sunshine Payment Act and similar legislation.

On behalf of the Committee and Olympus Grants Team, thank you for your interest in our grants process.

Program Updates

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

COVID- 19 Update – Eligibility Requirement Update

Olympus Corporation of the Americas (OCA) has restored the requirement that educational programs must be open and advertised to qualified health care professionals from multiple institutions.

Given that North American vaccination rates are increasing and limitations on the size of gatherings are being removed, the Grants program is returning to its standard eligibility requirements.

Should you have any questions, please contact the OCA Grants Team at 484-896-3939 or ocagrants@olympus.com.

Monday, April 26, 2021

Support Categories Update

The Olympus Grants Committee has temporarily paused review of the following categories:

  1. Financial support for Clinical fellowships coordinated by Medical Societies.
  2. Product donations for mission trips or philanthropic patient care.
  3. Product donations for training and educational facilities.

We encourage interested parties to continue to check back for updates in December 2021.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

COVID- 19 Update - Product Support Update

Olympus Corporation of the Americas (OCA) continues to work through the implications of the COVID-19 crisis on our support for grant activities.

Starting October 1, 2020, the OCA Grants Committee will resume receiving new requests for product support that meet the following criteria:

  1. Live cases or procedure demonstrations executed with limited (≤4) individuals present (including any Olympus personnel) AND content is streamed or recorded for defined educational use, OR
  2. Product support for educational programs that do not require Olympus personnel support during sessions.

Given the limitations on size of gatherings, we are temporarily removing the requirement that programs be open and advertised to qualified health care professionals from multiple institutions.

We continue to be open to new requests for financial support. Please note our 60-day advanced application requirement. Therefore, the first eligible program date for product requests is expected to be November 30. Programs must be planned in accordance with CDC and local COVID-19 guidelines.

We ask for your patience regarding possible delays in the processing of new grant requests as we resume grant activity.

Should you have any questions, please contact the OCA Grants Team at 484-896-3939 or ocagrants@olympus.com.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

COVID- 19 Update - Program Pause Update

Olympus Corporation of the Americas (OCA) is currently working through the implications of the COVID-19 crisis on our support for grant activities.

Olympus remains dedicated to fulfilling its mission as a supplier of life-sustaining medical, life sciences, and industrial industries. So that we can focus our efforts, Olympus has made the decision to begin accepting new grant requests utilizing a phased approach.

Starting July 1, 2020, the Olympus Grants Committee will begin receiving new requests for financial support only. New requests for product support will not be considered at this time. Please note that the 60-day rule remains. Therefore, the first eligible program date would be August 30.

We ask for your patience regarding possible delays in the processing of new grant requests as we resume grant activity.

We encourage interested parties to continue to check back for updates regarding expanded support categories.

Should you have any questions, please contact the OCA Grants Team at 484-896-3939 or ocagrants@olympus.com.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

COVID- 19 Update - Program Pause

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve at a rapid pace, Olympus Corporation of the Americas (OCA) remains dedicated to fulfilling its mission as a supplier of life-sustaining medical, life sciences, and industrial industries. So that we can focus our efforts, Olympus has made the decision to temporarily pause all new grants requests until further notice.

We encourage interested parties to continue to check back for updates, as we look forward to accepting new grants requests again in the near future.

Should you have any questions, please contact the OCA Grants Team at 484-896-3939 or ocagrants@olympus.com.

Registration / Application

The online registration process and application must be completed properly and submitted at least 60 days prior to the start date of the event for which support is requested utilizing our Grants Management System.

Please note: We cannot review incomplete applications. A member of the Olympus Grants Team may contact you with questions or if any information is missing. We request a prompt response so that we are able to continue with the review process in a timely manner.

PROCEED TO REGISTRATION APPLICATION