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Fellowship & Scholarship Grants

Overview

JOHNSON & JOHNSON INSTITUTE's Medical Affairs is responsible for administering support of independent educational activities; we are dedicated to providing support for activities that are intended to improve patient care. We recognize that advances in certain procedures or technologies may be developed outside the traditional teaching institution environment. Because fellowships and scholarships play an important role in ensuring residents are fully trained in the latest medical procedures and technologies, JOHNSON & JOHNSON INSTITUTE provides educational grants to teaching institutions for their medical education activities by sponsoring fellowships.

Please explore the pages on these sites to learn more about our educational grants process, how to contact Medical Affairs, for the required templates needed when applying for an educational grant, and the educational areas of interest for which grant applications are considered.

Please review the “Guidelines” section before proceeding to “Create/View Request”. A Letter of Request, and a Budget are required for all grant applications.

Create/View Request

PLEASE NOTE: Due to system requirements, incomplete applications will not be processed. There is NO ‘save’ feature. You will not be able to save your work and return later.

Useful Resources

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Browse Fellowship & Scholarship FAQs >

Eligibility

Educational grants may only be provided to accredited educational providers that are academic medical centers, hospitals, medical societies, professional associations or government agencies.

Educational Grant requests can be in the form of:

  • Fellowships
    • Fellowships are awards that enable individual medical professionals (or professionals in training) to pursue study in his/her fields or to introduce them to related fields. Fellowships advance, synthesize, or enlarge the recipient’s special area of interest or enable the recipient to study in a different area which will extend his/her competence.
    • Fellowships relate to activities such as training or further study.
  • Scholarships (Student Travel)
    • Student Travel Scholarships are educational grants to interns, residents, fellows and others who are healthcare professionals in training, to attend major educational conferences consistent with the AMA Guidelines, the AdvaMed Code, and the PhRMA Code, and who may be precluded from participating in educational activities as a result of financial hardship. Student Travel Scholarships are awarded to academic or training institutions where the institution must select recipients independent of Johnson & Johnson Institute’s  input, and where the conferences are carefully selected by the academic or training institute. Appropriate educational conferences include major educational, scientific or policy-making meetings of national, regional, or specialty medical associations, such as the annual scientific meeting of the American Academy of Optometry or the American Optometric Association.
  • Each educational grant request must contain ALL required completed forms and must be submitted at least 8 weeks prior to the date of the event to ensure sufficient time for review.
    • JOHNSON & JOHNSON INSTITUTE reserves the right to deny requests not submitted in this timeframe.
    • Faxed and mailed grant submissions are no longer accepted.
    • Only file types such as .doc, .xls, and .pdf may be attached with grant submissions. We do not accept zipped files (.zip).
    • Grant is subject to rejection, if information is incomplete or missing.
    • Receipt of a grant request by JOHNSON & JOHNSON INSTITUTE does not guarantee approval of your grant request.
    • Financial support may be approved for less than the amount requested.
    • NOTE: Grant requests that include promotional opportunities will be rejected.
  • If additional information is requested, please include the Grant ID number in the subject line of the e-mail. Also, for identification purposes, please provide the requester’s e-mail address that was provided with the original grant submission.
  • Each educational grant request must contain a statement of how disclosure of financial support will be made to program participants for the educational activity. JOHNSON & JOHNSON INSTITUTE recommended statement is “This program is supported in part by an educational grant from JOHNSON & JOHNSON INSTITUTE, an affiliate of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., with funds provided by JJVCI.” Company logo will be provided upon request.

Upon successful submission of an educational grant request, JOHNSON & JOHNSON INSTITUTE will:

  • Provide a Grant ID number in a confirmation receipt immediately after the grant application is received. If you do not receive a confirmation receipt with the grant ID number, please contact the Help Desk at [email protected].
  • Notify the contact person from the requesting organization regarding the status of the request (e.g. approved, declined, additional information required), and the amount approved, within 8 weeks of receipt.
  • For grant requests ≥ $10,000, if approved for less than the amount requested, the applicant will be required to submit an adjusted budget template for the approved amount.
  • Mail original Educational Grant Agreements to the requesting organization for signature (for approved grant requests)

Educational Areas of Interest

  • Optometry
  • Ophthalmology

Exclusions

Educational Grants Cannot be Used to Support:

  • Requests outside our educational areas of interest
  • Promotional/Sponsorship activities or Exhibits related to products of Johnson & Johnson Vision
  • Normal organizational overhead expenses such as the purchase of computer equipment, etc.
  • Travel, lodging, conference expenses or honorarium for an applicant presenting a poster or paper
  • Programs that have already occurred
  • Reimbursement for physicians, staff or other attendees for the cost of obtaining CE credits
  • Payment to attendees in any form for their attendance or travel expenses for attending programs (including parking, mileage, etc.), with the exception of travel scholarships, outlined above under “Eligibility”.
  • Charitable fundraising events and charitable contributions. If you are a 501(c)3 organization seeking support, forward an e-mail message

International Support

JOHNSON & JOHNSON INSTITUTE does not generally support international programs. However, if the attendees are predominantly US-based, we may consider an application on an exception basis.

General Guidelines

General Requirements For All Educational Grant Requests

  • Signed Letter of Request on organizational letterhead which includes:
    • Statement of educational need for the proposed activity
    • Program overview, date and location
    • Accreditation information (if applicable)
    • Program agenda and/or topics and faculty (confirmed or proposed, if applicable)
    • Funding amount and utilization of requested funds

Other Required Forms – please ensure that templates are downloaded for each grant submission from the website, as template revisions may be made at any time.

  • Budget Template Form – provided in the Forms Section on the company website
  • Each educational grant request must contain a statement of how disclosure of financial support will be made to program participants for the educational activity. JOHNSON & JOHNSON INSTITUTE recommended statement is: “This program is supported in part by an educational grant from JOHNSON & JOHNSON INSTITUTE, an affiliate of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. (JJVCI), with funds provided by JJVCI.” Company logo will be provided upon request.

Additional Requirements For Educational Grant Requests ≥ $10,000

In addition to the General Requirements as noted above, please include a detailed explanation of the following:

  • Detailed needs assessment and learning objectives for the proposed educational activity or platform, which should include information about the source(s) and methodology used to identify the educational need(s). It is strongly recommended that at least 3 separate sources are utilized to support the identified educational need. Examples of sources used to perform a needs assessment may include:
      • Interviews
      • Questionnaires/surveys
      • Practice pattern analysis
      • Focus Groups
      • Literature review
      • Previous CE activity evaluations or educational outcomes
      • Quality Insurance/Quality Assurance (QI/QA) data analysis
    • Program agenda and/or topics and faculty (confirmed or proposed, if applicable)
    • Educational format
    • Target audience
    • Criteria for selecting faculty
    • Description of all components that are part of the educational activity
    • For educational programs with multiple components or materials a diagram or schematic is strongly recommended
    • Plan for recruiting and generating program awareness
    • Anticipated number of participants, including recruitment efforts
    • Proposed timelines for major components and major milestones
    • Funding amount and utilization of requested funds
    • Any proposed educational outcomes measurements of current activity

In addition to the General Requirements as noted above, please include a detailed explanation of the following for Fellowship Grants and Scholarship Grants:

Fellowship Grants

Grants are provided only to academic or training institutions that have a bona fide selection committee to select the final recipients. The organization has sole control over selecting the beneficiaries.

  • Letter of Request must:
    • include selection criteria
    • include the number of fellowships being requested
    • include amount being used for administrative fees
  • Grants must demonstrate a true need for training, including, but not limited to:
    • limited expertise in a therapeutic area
    • limited expertise within special populations (i.e. ethnic)
    • limited expertise within a geographic area
    • limited opportunities for advancements and/or technologies of medicine
  • Should include educational components to also educate other fellows, residents, staff physicians, pharmacists and/or other healthcare professionals
  • Should include, but not be limited to:
    • specific requirements of the fellowship
    • completion requirements
    • benefits to patient care
    • contributions to the field of study
  • Funding must be commensurate with activities performed and within institutional criteria for a designated level of post-graduate year

Scholarship Grants

Grants are awarded to an academic or training institution. The institution must have a bona fide selection process, and select recipients independent of JOHNSON & JOHNSON INSTITUTE input.

  • Letter of Request must:
    • demonstrate the need to attend an educational or scientific meeting
    • include the selection criteria and process, with reference that financial hardship was considered during the selection process.
    • should only be supported for attendance to major medical conferences, congresses or association meetings

All required forms can be found under the overview tab.

Additional Information

Effective August 1, 2013, JOHNSON & JOHNSON INSTITUTE adheres to the Open Payments provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, commonly known as the Physician Payment Sunshine Act. The provisions require that certain transfers of value (TOV) from pharmaceutical or medical device manufacturers to physicians and teaching hospitals (“covered recipients”) must be tracked and reported by the manufacturer.

Payments made to physicians and teaching hospitals through a third party or those made to a third party at the request of, or on behalf of, a physician or teaching hospital are reported and include the name of the third party.

The Sunshine Law applies to all of the following types of doctors, as long as they hold a current license to practice in the United States:

  • Doctors of Medicine;
  • Doctors Osteopathy;
  • Dentists;
  • Podiatrists;
  • Optometrists; and
  • Chiropractors.

    Note: These doctors are subject to the law regardless of whether or not they are enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid or CHIP.

Third Party Entity recipients of a Payment/ Transfer of Value made “at the request of” or in the name of a Physician or Teaching Hospital, must be reported in the name of the physician and the recipient.

Educational grants may be used to support education. Educational grants must not be provided to individual preceptors or fellows, to charitable organizations of a particular physician's or institution's choice, to departmental accounts, or to private physician practices. Grants may not be used for investigator initiated research studies.

STUDENT TRAVEL GRANTS ONLY: If any student recipients hold a current license in any of the categories listed above, JOHNSON & JOHNSON INSTITUTE will need the names of those covered recipients for reporting purposes.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to system requirements, incomplete applications will not be processed. There is NO ‘save’ feature. You will not be able to save your work and return later.

This site is for educational grant applications for fellowships and scholarships only. If you are seeking funding for accredited and non-accredited educational programs for ophthalmologists, optometrists, or paraoptometrics, or for patient or provider educational materials, please visit Johsnon & Johnson Vison’s website at www.jnjvisioncare.com to submit an application. If you are a 501(c)3 organization requesting support for a charitable event (e.g. gala, dinner, run, walk, fundraiser), please visit http://www.jnjvc.com/responsibility/charitable-contributions.

JOHNSON & JOHNSON INSTITUTE is committed to supporting education through independent educational activities, including fellowship and scholarship programs.

JOHNSON & JOHNSON INSTITUTE has prepared this information to assist schools and colleges of optometry, medical societies and associations and cooperative groups in preparing grant requests for submission to our organization.

JOHNSON & JOHNSON INSTITUTE adheres to a strict policy governing independent education activities. Our policy is based on guidelines set by government agencies (e.g. FDA, OIG), accrediting organizations (e.g. ACCME, COPE, NCLE), industry (e.g. PhRMA), and medical associations (e.g. AMA). One of the goals of our policy is to ensure that the fellowship/scholarship program administrator retains all control governing the program, and JOHNSON & JOHNSON INSTITUTE does not exercise any direct or indirect influence over any aspect associated with an independent educational program or activity.

    Continuing Education Vision

    To lead the vision care industry in quality continuing education by addressing the educational needs of healthcare providers and ultimately improving patient outcomes, with an organizational infrastructure that is approachable and responsive.