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Grant Requests


Educational Grants

Mechanical Circulatory Support will accept applications for consideration of funding of educational grants.

Educational grants include funding requests in the following areas:

  1. Charitable Monetary Grant: Charitable fundrasing requests related to disease states treated by Mechanical Circulatory Support therapy. The recipient, except in rare instances, must be a tax-exempt charity.
  2. Healthcare Education Grant with CME/CEU Credits: Third-party scientific meetings and conferences, including grand rounds, related to Mechanical Circulatory Support and HeartWare HVAD System approved therapy. This type of meeting or conference may be sponsored by either a for-profit or a non-profit organization. Typical sponsors include professional societies, universities, hospitals and CME providers. The form is designed for activities that issue CME/CEU credits.
  3. Fellowships: Mechanical Circulatory Support will consider proposals for the support of fellowship programs at teaching institutions and medical centers with an academic or charitable affiliation. Mechanical Circulatory Support may also elect to provide support for training during major medical or scientific conferences for education purposes.
    • Please check back in November for the Fellowship application instructions.
  4. Healthcare Education Grant without CME/CEU Credits: Meetings and activities, including grand rounds and public education relative to Mechanical Circulatory Support and the HeartWare HVAD System approved therapy. This type of meeting or activity may be sponsored by either a for-profit or a non-profit organization. Typical sponsors include professional societies, universities, hospitals and CME providers. The form is designed for activities that do not issue CME/CEU credits.


We are moving to the Medtronic Grant Application and Reporting System. Please click on the appropriate link above register as a "new applicant".

All applications must be received at least 8 weeks prior to the activity for which funding is sought in order to allow sufficient time for consideration and approval.

If a funding request is approved, a Letter of Agreement will be coordinated between Medtronic and the requesting organization.

Investigator-Sponsored Research Grants

Medtronic Mechanical Circulatory Support (MCS) recognizes that Investigator-Sponsored Research (ISR) represents a valuable tool in the advancement of medical and scientific knowledge. We believe in partnering with academic and medical organizations to promote independent research that facilitates scientific and clinical discovery, improves clinical care or leads to promising new treatments.

In furtherance of these objectives, MCS will provide research grants to support independent medical research with scientific merit. MCS is interested in supporting research in the general area of mechanical circulatory support, ranging from preclinical through clinical and including retrospective and prospective research. Proposals will be reviewed by Medtronic’s internal research grant committee, and will be evaluated based on patient safety, scientific merit, feasibility, alignment with the company’s research interests, and funding availability. Researchers may request monetary support or equipment/supplies. Medtronic’s global program of support is open to all researchers who are interested in conducting their own independent, innovative research.


A researcher who would like to apply for support is required to complete the Investigator-Sponsored Research Form and include the following:

  1. CV
  2. Relevant financial disclosures
  3. Summary/Synopsis of the proposed research
  4. Detailed proposal/protocol that includes:
    1. Background
    2. Hypothesis
    3. Endpoints
    4. Methods (data collection and analysis, including sample-size justification and applicable power analysis)
    5. Expected duration, and safety reporting and publication plans
    6. Detailed budget (costs must be at fair market value in keeping with local laws and regulations)
  5. Summary of the plan for meeting applicable regulatory requirements

The investigator fulfills the obligations of both a study sponsor (an individual or institution) and an investigator (individual/physician). The sponsor oversees the conduct of the study, including data collection, ethics review, publication, FDA reporting, and trial registration. The investigator conducts the day-to-day activities and medical supervision according to the protocol. The sponsor-investigator of an ISR assumes responsibility for all aspects of the trial, including trial design, ensuring appropriate institutional and regulatory approval, study conduct (including responsibility for ensuring appropriate medical safeguards, medical monitoring, and medical supervision), analysis and interpretation of the results, and communication of the results (i.e., publication). If the research proposal involves off-label use, the sponsor-investigator will be required to obtain an Investigative Device Exemption (or international equivalent) in advance.

If a research proposal is approved for funding, Medtronic and the sponsor-investigator will enter into a research agreement. The research agreement will define the study, identify the parties’ duties and expectations, specify milestones, allocate intellectual property ownership, and clarify publication responsibilities.

All Investigator-Sponsored Research Proposals should be forwarded to:

Note: Funding can only be awarded for legitimate scientific endeavors that follow Good Clinical Practices and ICH guidelines. All grants will comply with Medtronic policies, as well as HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) compliance guidance, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance, the AdvaMed Code of Ethics for Interactions with Healthcare Professionals, the Eucomed Code of Ethical Business practices, and all applicable laws and regulations.

Download the Investigator-Sponsored Research Form