Partnering with Industry

Research and Development Partnering Opportunities in Life Sciences

CompanyScopeBrief DescriptionAreas of Interest
Abbvie Research & InnovationPreclinicalThe Compound Toolbox provides compounds or probes for use in preclinical research across multiple therapeutic areas at no charge. Requests are submitted through the Open Innovation Portal and a signed MTA is required before compounds will be shipped.Immunology
Cystic Fibrosis
Preclinical and clinicalThe Investigator-Initiated Study (IIS) Program provides research support for academic and community-based physicians and researchers. Proposals are evaluated based on scientific merit, alignment with Abbvie’s areas of interest, and availability of funding. A research agreement must be signed prior to financial support being granted. Proposals are accepted according to a schedule with the exception of preclinical studies in pre-registration compounds and clinical studies in Hepatology/HCV and Oncology, which are done on a rolling basis. Proposals can be submitted here.Biotherapeutics
Men's Health
Women's Health
Amgen Academic CollaborationsPreclinicalAmgen will provide materials for non-human studies based upon a research study plan submitted by the investigator. A research agreement will be signed between Amgen and investigator’s institution.None specified
Astellas Investigator Sponsored ResearchClinicalInvestigators can submit requests for funding and/or drug support via the Investigator Sponsored Research Portal.None specified
AstraZeneca PartneringPreclinical and clinicalAstraZeneca Externally Sponsored Research will support interventional clinical research (Phase I-IV), observational research, and non-clinical research. Investigators can submit ESR proposals through ES2ROS.Cardiovascular & metabolic diseases
Respiratory, inflammation & autoimmunity
Preclinical and clinicalAstraZeneca's Open Innovation platform provides for collaboration across all stages of drug discovery. This includes access to compound libraries and new molecular profiling capabilities. Investigators should access the specific program of interest through the Open Innovation website for proposal submission details.None specified
Bayer Pharmaceuticals PartneringPreclinical and clinicalBayer supports web-based crowd-sourcing initiatives to offer grants to support specific projects. This includes Grants4Targets, Grants4Leads, Grants4Apps, and PartnerYourAntibodies. Bayer's research incubator, CoLaborator, offers laboratory space and access to Bayer resources.

Heart & Vascular Diseases
Specialty Lung Diseases
Kidney Diseases
Hemostatic & Acute Organ Disorders


Biogen Medical ResearchClinicalBiogen supports medical research in areas of interest relevant to their portfolio. Study proposals are submitted through the online submission portal.Multiple sclerosis
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Investigator Initiated StudiesClinicalBoehringer Investigator Initiated Studies (IIS) Program supports research for products and therapeutic areas of interest through clinical and health outcomes research. Investigators can submit proposals through the online submission site.Respiratory
Bristol-Myers Squibb Investigator-Sponsored ResearchPreclinical and clinicalBristol-Myers Squibb Investigator-Sponsored Research (ISR) Program supports clinical, non-interventional, and non-clinical research. In addition, investigators may also submit proposals related to Pediatric Research.Clinical and Non-Interventional:
Priority given to:
Celgene Investigator-Initiated TrialsClinicalCelgene Investigator-Initiated Trials Program is interested in funding research that utilizes Celgene compounds to further advance a specific drug. Investigators can submit ideas through the Celgene MATRIX system.None specified
Eisai Investigator Initiated Studies ProgramPre-clinical, Prospective clinical and Retrospective Studies Eisai's Investigator Initiated Studies (IIS) Program provides research grants via clinical supplies and/or funding for projects that align with Eisai's areas of interest or products. Investigators can begin submitting proposals by selecting the appropriate therapeutic area.Epilepsy
Breast cancer
Hepatocellular Carcinoma
Renal cell cancer
Soft tissue sarcoma
Thyroid cancer
Eli Lilly Scientific InnovationClinicalLilly Investigator Initiated Research (IIR) involves Lilly products that have been approved for marketing for at least one indication.Immunology
Neurodegenerative diseases
Headache Pain
Genzyme PartneringPreclinical and clinicalGenzyme is interested in considering proposals at any stage of development.None specified
Gilead Investigator Sponsored ResearchClinicalGilead Investigator Sponsored Research (ISR) provides grants in therapeutic areas of interest. Investigators can submit proposals through the online application form.HIV/AIDS
Liver disease
GlaxoSmithKline Investigator-Sponsored Studies ProgramClinicalThrough the Investigator-Sponsored Studies Program, GSK may provide funding and/or materials to investigators seeking support. Proposals may be submitted through the registration portal. Oncology- and HIV-specific proposals are handled via other mechanisms.None specified
Johnson & Johnson InnovationPreclinical and clinicalJ&J Innovation Centers are interested in exploring early stage therapeutic and vaccine technologies. Investigators can submit ideas through the J&J Innovation Centers page. Note that all ideas must have a patent filing.

Cardiovascular & metabolism
Infectious diseases & vaccines
Pulmonary hypertension

Medical Devices:
Surgical oncology
Cardiovascular disease

Baby care
Oral care
Compromised skin
Feminine Personal Care

Global Public Health:
Maternal and child health
Other global public health initiatives

Merck KGaA Open Innovation PortalPreclinical and clinicalEMD Serono Open Innovation Portal provides access to several programs, including those that provide open source access to antibodies and compounds, a screening library, and open lab space. To submit a compound through the Open Compound Sourcing Program, a Participation and Material Supply Agreement must be signed by the institution. To access the Mini Library, an EMD Serono Mini Library Agreement will be required if your application is approved.None specified
Preclinical and clinicalEMD Serono Grant for Growth Innovation (GGI) Program provides support for projects that have the potential to advance understanding in the field of growth. Proposals are accepted during an annual RFP. Applicants can begin submitting a proposal by following the process described.

Growth (in general)

Priority given to:
QOL improvement translational research
Impact of nutrition
Metabolic impact
Diagnosis and follow-up
Extremes in growth disorders
Long-term metabolic impact of the "GH-IFG axis" activity

Novartis Partnering

Preclinical and clinical

Novartis Investigator Initiated Trials (ITTs) should address meaning scientific and/or clinical objectives supported by valid scientific designs. Investigators may request support in the form of funding, drug, or both.None specified

Preclinical and clinical

Novartis Pharmaceuticals provides opportunities in several areas, including pharmaceuticals in development that have reached proof of concept in humans, new technology in drug delivery or in process scale-up/development, new technology that can improve an established, validated manufacturing process, and joint regional commercialization efforts for marketed pharmaceuticals. Opportunities can be submitted using the online submission form. Opportunities may also be submitted for marketed or late-stage oncology diagnostics or companion diagnostics.None specified


Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) provides opportunities for early-stage compounds and technologies in Novartis’ areas of interest. Proposals can be submitted via the online submission form.None specified

Preclinical and clinical

Sandoz, the generic pharmaceuticals division of Novartis, provides opportunities to partner in generic and biosimilar medicine. Proposals should be emailed to Sandoz.None specified

Preclinical and clinical

Alcon, which provides leading eye care products, accepts opportunities for enhance its portfolio of pharmaceutical and surgical products. Proposals should be emailed to Alcon.

None specified


Preclinical and clinical

Pfizer R&D’s Investigator-Initiated Research Program may provide funding and/or drug for preclinical or clinical studies. Requests can be submitted through the submission website.
For investigators interested in obtaining a Pfizer pure substance compound through the Compound Transfer Program, a Compound Transfer Agreement (CTA) will need to be executed. Initial requests should be submitted through the INSPIIRE portal for processing and approval.
None specified


Preclinical and clinical

The Regeneron Investigator-Initiated Study (IIS) Program provides support for studies focused on Regeneron products and drug or for preclinical studies focused on Regeneron’s areas of interest.
Investigators may also access Regeneron therapeutics candidates, animal models, cell lines and other technologies through external academic research collaborations.
Ophthalmic neovascular diseases
Inflammatory diseases
Auto-immune conditions External collaborations:
None specified

Roche / Genentech

Preclinical and clinical

Scientific Project Support provides funding for general research, translational research, other research or development projects, and/or other initiatives for academic institutions. Grants are subject to the Genentech Letter of Agreement which is signed after the application is approved. Investigators can apply for funding.
Investigators may also request reagents and mice from Genentech using the MTA Request Form.
Scientific Project Support:
None specified but Genentech may post Call for Grant Notifications (CGN) to request projects in specific areas.


Preclinical and clinical

Sanofi Investigator Sponsored Studies (ISS) support preclinical and clinical studies aimed at the advancement of disease knowledge and potential treatments in therapeutic areas of interest to Sanofi US.Diabetes
Vaccines & infectious diseases
Rare diseases
Immunology & inflammation
Cardiovascular & metabolism
Multiple sclerosis
Neurodegenerative diseases
Animal health


Preclinical and clinicalShire’s Investigator-Initiated Research (IIR) Program supports clinical and scientific investigation into the understanding of diseases of interest to Shire or relating to Shire’s products.Behavioral health
Gastrointestinal disorders
Ophthalmic diseases
Hereditary angioedema (HAE)
Gaucher disease
Fabry disease
Hunter syndrome
Adrenal insufficiency


Preclinical and clinical

Investigator Initiated Sponsored Research (IISR) supports scientific advances in medicine and increasing understanding of important diseases related to Takeda’s compounds and therapeutic areas of interest. Support can be in the form of study drug and/or funding. Submit IISR requests.Oncology
Central nervous system
Specialty cardiovascular


Preclinical and clinical

Vertex Investigator-Initiated Studies supports the advancement of scientific and medical knowledge about cystic fibrosis through funding support or providing study drug. Nonclinical studies using Vertex compounds for in vitro assays or in vivo models are also eligible for support. Investigators can submit proposals through the Vertex application website.
Investigators may request compounds for non-clinical studies by sending a request.
Cystic fibrosis
Fibrotic disorders
Neurodegenerative diseases
Orphan diseases

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