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Frequently Asked Questions

Integra LifeSciences Grants 
This document provides FAQs for anyone interested in applying for funding through the Integra LifeSciences Grant portal and it is recommended that it is reviewed in its entirety before creating a login/registration and/or submitting a new application. 

1) What should I do if I experience technical difficulties with the Integra Grant Management Portal?
 
For assistance, please email support@steeprockinc.com or call +1 718-576-1406.  Please note: It is the responsibility of the grant requestor to notify of any technical difficulties. 
 
2) What’s the difference between Charitable Contributions and Medical Education grants?
 
Charitable contributions are funds provided for a charitable purpose, without a commercial motive, and on an unconditional basis to a qualified 501(c)(3) IRS tax-exempt charitable organization to support the organization’s general operations or specific activities.  
 
Medical Education grants provide support for evidence-based education programs that are non-promotional and non-commercial across Integra interest areas and are relevant to the current educational needs of healthcare providers and patients. 

3) Does Integra LifeSciences consider product donation requests for indigent U.S. patients, non-U.S. charitable medical missions, and charitable veterinary assistance?

Yes.  However, these are not processed through Integra’s on-line application system.  Please contact Gianna Sabella with any requests at gsabella@integralife.com.

 
4) Will the Integra Grants Review Committee (GRC) consider proposals for healthcare provider educational activities that are not CME/CE accredited?
  
The GRC will consider proposals for all medical educational activities for health care providers. 
 
5) There are many educational programs seeking funding; what guidelines are used to choose which receive financial support?
  
The GRC considers many factors in determining which programs to support including, but not limited to, the scientific quality of the program, the educational need, audience reach, and the available budget for grants. Any supportable medical education activity should be held at an appropriate location where the gathering is primarily dedicated to furthering objective scientific education.  The main incentive should be to further their knowledge on the topic being presented.
 
6) What activities will the GRC not consider?  

Integra will not fund programs where the principal focus is not educational in nature. Non-medical educational programs (i.e. leadership training, business meetings) are also considered as out of scope. Capital expenses and operating expenses are also considered out of scope for the GRC. Finally, programs that are primarily entertainment, such as retirement dinners, medical school class reunions or staff recognition are outside the guidelines of the GRC.  
 
7) Are there certain expenses for which the GRC will not provide funds? 

The GRC will not fund budget line items such as, but not limited to, the following:
 
*Entertainment 
*Gifts for faculty or organizers 
*First class airfare 
*Program fees, travel or expenses for participants 
*Salaries and compensations 
*Capital operating expenses such as office equipment, furniture, or facilities modifications
*Costs associated solely with display space, tabletop fees or exhibit booths
*Programs that plan to use Integra personnel as speakers or consultants
*Undefined programs
 
Generally, when sponsoring an educational activity, the GRC will consider funding the following types of expenses:
 
*Honorarium for medical or scientific faculty 
*Speaker travel (coach), reasonable expenses for lodging 
*Room rental related to the educational portion of the program 
*A/V equipment rental 
*Cost for CME accreditation
*Meeting related expenses (must be detailed in budget)
 
8) Can I request a grant for an activity that has already occurred?
  
No. Integra does not provide retroactive funding. All requests for support must be submitted to Integra at least 45 days in advance of the activity start date.  
 
9) How far in advance of the activity do I need to submit a grant request? 

Requests for support should be submitted online ASAP with a minimum of 45 days in advance of the activity or enduring materials creation. Proposals submitted with less than 45 days before the activity date will not be considered.

10) Must I meet the 45 day deadline for submitting my application?

Yes, we must receive a complete application, including all required documentation at least 45 days before the event, activity, or program.   
 
11) Is there a limit to the number of requests submitted within a period (e.g. within a year)? 

Integra does not limit the number of requests it will consider from a single organization. 
 
12) May an institution submit multiple grants at the same time? 

Yes. Integra will review multiple requests from the same organization, regardless of whether they are submitted at the same time or different times. 
 
13) Can I complete part of the online grant request and come back to it later?
 
Yes. You must click “Save as draft” at the bottom of the page to save your request and continue it later. Also, at any time before the submission of a grant request, you will have the opportunity to come back and make changes to the request. 
 
14) What other areas at Integra are responsible for grant funding?
 
Requests unrelated to medical education should be submitted to:
  
Investigator Initiated Studies (https://integra-iis-public.steeprockinc.com)

15) What is the role of sales and marketing personnel in the grant review and approval process?
 
The Integra GRC and all partner offices are independent of the sales and marketing organizations. Sales and marketing personnel have no role in the grant approval process. All Integra personnel must respond to inquiries regarding a grant request by providing the requestor with the Grants Office email address (angela.sabatino@integralife.com) or the Grants and Donations website address (https://integra-grants-public.steeprockinc.com). The requestor is entirely responsible for submitting a grant request to the GRC, and all Integra personnel are prohibited from contacting the GRC on behalf of any requestor. Integra personnel cannot solicit grant funding requests and should provide the referral information if grants are brought up in an unsolicited manner by a customer. 

16) Will my Integra field representative be able to assist me with the application process or keep me updated on my proposal’s progress?
  
No. You may email the Integra Grants Office for assistance at angela.sabatino@integralife.com for any questions not addressed by visiting this web site. You will be able to check the status of your grant request by accessing this website using your username and password when you initially registered. 
 
17) Does previous support of a program by Integra influence future support?
  
No. The grant funding process is very competitive. Each grant submitted to the GRC will be evaluated based on individual merit. Please do not consider any request approved until you have received written documentation from Integra notifying you of grant approval. 

18) What is a Request for Additional Information and how much time do I have for completion?
 
A Request for Additional Information will be sent via email when more information is needed to consider your grant request. If the Integra Grants Office has not received all necessary information within 14 calendar days of the follow-up request, the grant request may be terminated. 
 
19) What happens if an event or activity is cancelled?
  
In the event that the program is cancelled through no fault of Integra or the specific funds granted by Integra are not used for the program, recipient will notify Integra in writing of such cancellation or non-use of funds and then Recipient will return to Integra all funds not used for the program as per the Integra Agreement. 
 
20) What information is publicly disclosed?  

Integra will disclose grant information per guidelines or requirements of the 
U.S. Physician Payment Sunshine Act ("Open Payments") – subpart of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed in 2010 and certain state laws. 
 
21) What is U.S. Physician Payment “Open Payments” Sunshine Act?  

The Sunshine Act requires Integra and other applicable manufacturers of products reimbursed by Medicare or Medicaid to track all payments or "transfers of value" made to U.S. physicians and U.S. teaching hospitals (covered recipients) beginning August 1, 2013. This information will be reported to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and publicly posted on a government website on September 30, 2014 and then annually on June 1st thereafter. 
 
22) What is the outcome reconciliation submission?  

Outcome reconciliation submission consists of completion of an outcomes assessment and uploading any supporting documentation. These are due after the completion of the event. Please note: Auto-generated notifications will be sent periodically to the requestor until the outcome reconciliation is complete.  
 
23) What if I fail to provide the outcome reconciliation?
  
Failure to reconcile the outcome as agreed in the Integra Agreement will prevent future proposals from being reviewed and potentially supported by Integra.  
 
24) What should I do if I have money left over from my grant? 

All funds remaining from a grant provided by Integra are expected to be returned.  Please include the grant ID # in the memo field. Please send a check made payable to Integra to:
 
Integra LifeSciences Corporation
Attn: Compliance Dept-Grants
311 Enterprise Drive
Plainsboro, NJ 08536
 
Failure to return unused funds may delay or prohibit support of future educational programs submitted by the requestor. 

25) What types of programs/activities are not eligible for funding consideration by the GRC directly through this site?

Investigator Initiated Studies (https://integra-iis-public.steeprockinc.com)

26) Does Integra ever specifically request or invite grant submissions?

No.  Requests for continuing medical education grants are never solicited.

27) Can I resubmit a grant once it has been denied?

No.  The decision to decline a grant is final.

28) How long will it take for a decision on my application?

Most grant applications are approved or denied within six weeks after we receive a complete application including all required documentation.  Please note that the review process does not begin until you have received notification all required documentation for the application has been accepted for review.  The dates of the Grant Review Committee meetings vary.

29) When/How do I receive notification regarding the status of my grant application?

You will receive separate emails notifying you of the following:
- Grant request received
- Grant has been accepted for review
- Decision has been made
- Reminder for you to complete the online reconciliation

30) How will I know if my grant is approved?

You can check the status of your application by logging in to your account on the grant portal.   You will receive an email notifying you when a decision has been made.  Please do not consider any grant formally approved until you have received the approval email AND our Agreement.
  
31) If the GRC approves an amount less than I request or my application is denied, may I resubmit a grant application for the unapproved amount to the GRC again or to someone else?

No. The GRC does not approve multiple grant requests for the same event, activity or program.

32) Can funding be provided through a medical education grant for meals?

Funding for meals may be provide to the third-party provider only if the meal is held at the time of the medical education conference. It should be modest in cost and be held at a suitable venue that is conducive to discussion among faculty and attendees.  The amount of time spent at the meal must be subordinate to the amount of time spent at the medical education conference.

33) Can funding be provided through a medical education grant for residents or other HCP’s in training to attend educational conferences?

In accordance with the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with HCP’s, funds to permit medical students, residents, fellow and other HCP’s in training may be provided to attend carefully selected educational conference. The selection of these individuals must be made by the academic or training institution and payment will be made to the event organizer and not to an individual HCP.  “Carefully selected educational conferences” are general defined as the major educational, scientific, or policy-making meetings of national, regional or specialty medical associations.

34) If our grant was approved last year, can we assume it will be approved this year?

No.  Always submit your grant request allowing plenty of time to seek alternative funding in case the Grant Review Committee decides to eliminate or reduce the support you received in the past.  Please do not consider any request approved until you have received written documentation from Integra notifying you of grant approval. 

35) Can a grant pay for spouses or guest expenses?

No. 


Frequently Asked Questions
Integra Foundation
The Integra Foundation, a New Jersey-based philanthropic foundation established in 2002 by Integra LifeSciences, is committed to improving people’s lives through medical research and education. The foundation focuses on regenerative medicine, plastic and reconstructive surgery, wound care, neurosurgery, neurotrauma and neuromonitoring, and orthopedic extremity solutions.  The foundation also supports patient-focused organizations in these areas, organizations that enhance the health of their communities, and organizations located within our community that support educational programs and provide local needs-based assistance.  Since our inception, we have awarded millions of dollars in grants to a wide variety of organizations, promoting education and helping to make a difference in people’s lives.  

1) What should I do if I experience technical difficulties with the Integra Grant Management Portal?
 
For assistance, please email support@steeprockinc.com or call +1 718-576-1406.  Please note: It is the responsibility of the grant requestor to notify SteepRock of any technical difficulties.

2) Does the Integra Foundation consider product donation requests?

No.  The foundation makes cash grants, only, and does not consider any product donation requests.  

Requests for product donations for indigent U.S. patients, non-U.S. charitable medical missions, and charitable veterinary assistance are not submitted through Integra’s on-line application system.  Please contact Gianna Sabella at gsabella@integralife.com for assistance.
 
Requests for in-kind product donations for U.S. educational programs should be submitted online through the Integra LifeSciences Medical Education Grants portal at  (https://integra-grants-public.steeprockinc.com)

3) What are the Integra Foundation focus areas? 
 
The foundation focuses on areas related to Integra LifeSciences, which include regenerative medicine, plastic and reconstructive surgery, wound care, neurosurgery, neurotrauma, and neuromonitoring, and orthopedic extremity reconstruction.

4) What kinds of programs does the Integra Foundation support? 
 
The foundation supports medical education and non-investigator-initiated clinical research in its focus areas.  It also makes grants to organizations that support people affected by diseases and conditions within its focus areas, including patient support organizations and patient camps; organizations that enhance the health of their communities, including fundraising events for various diseases; and organizations that are located within our community that support educational programs and provide local needs-based assistance.

5) What kind of organizations are eligible for a grant from the Integra Foundation? 
 
Only tax-exempt public and private charities and professional organizations that satisfy the requirements of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code will be considered for donations.  

6) What is ineligible for an Integra Foundation grant? 
 
The Integra Foundation will not consider grants for individuals, political, fraternal, social and religious organizations, programs that directly support the sales and marketing of the company, Continuing Medical Education (CME),  fellowships, research grants for investigator-initiated clinical studies, and charities outside the U.S. that do not have a 501c3 designation.   

7) What other areas at Integra are responsible for grant funding?
 
Requests unrelated to the foundation should be submitted to:  
Investigator Initiated Studies (https://integra-iis-public.steeprockinc.com)

8) How far in advance of the activity do I need to submit a grant request? 

Requests for support should be submitted online as soon as possible, with a minimum of 45 days in advance of the activity. However, proposals submitted with less than 45 days in advance of the activity date may be considered.  Please contact Gianna Sabella at gianna.sabella@integra-foundation.org, if you are submitting a grant request for a program/event that is occurring in less than 45 days.

9) May I request a grant for an activity that has already occurred?
  
No. the Integra Foundation does not provide retroactive funding. 
 
10) Is there a limit to the number of requests submitted within a period (e.g. within a year)? 

No.  The foundation does not limit the number of requests it will consider from a single organization. 
 
11) Does previous support of a program by the Integra Foundation influence future support?
  
No. Each grant submitted to the foundation will be evaluated based on individual merit. Please do not consider any request approved until you have received written documentation from the foundation notifying you of grant approval. 

12) May I complete part of the online grant request and come back to it later?
 
Yes. You must click “Save as draft” at the bottom of the page to save your request and continue it later. Also, at any time before the submission of a grant request, you will have the opportunity to come back and make changes to the request. 

13) What is a Request for Additional Information and how much time do I have for completion?
 
A Request for Additional Information will be sent via email when more information is needed to consider your grant request. If the Integra Foundation has not received all necessary information within 14 calendar days of the follow-up request, the grant request may be terminated. 
   
14) What is grant impact report?  

A grant impact report consists of completion of an outcomes assessment and uploading any supporting documentation. These are due after the completion of the event. Please note: Auto-generated notifications will be sent periodically to the requestor until the outcome reconciliation is complete.  
 
15) May I resubmit a grant once it has been denied?

No.  The decision to decline a grant is final.

16) How long will it take for a decision on my application?

Most grant applications are approved or denied within six weeks after we receive a complete application including all required documentation.  Please note that the review process does not begin until you have received notification that all required documentation for the application has been accepted for review.  

Grants requests of $10,000 or more are reviewed at the foundation board meetings, which occur quarterly.  These requests may take longer than six weeks, dependent on the timing of the quarterly board meetings. 

17) When/How do I receive notification regarding the status of my grant application?

You will receive separate emails notifying you of the following:
- Grant request received
- Grant has been accepted for review
- Decision has been made
- Reminder for you to complete the online reconciliation

18) How will I know if my grant is approved?

You can check the status of your application by logging in to your account on the grant portal.   You will receive an email notifying you when a decision has been made.  Please do not consider any grant formally approved until you have received the approval email.
  
19) If the Integra Foundation approves an amount less than I request or my application is denied, may I resubmit a grant application for the unapproved amount to the foundation again or to someone else?

No. The Integra Foundation does not approve multiple grant requests for the same event, activity or program.

20) If our grant was approved last year, may we assume it will be approved this year?

No.  Always submit your grant request allowing plenty of time to seek alternative funding in case the Integra Foundation decides to eliminate or reduce the support you received in the past.  Please do not consider any request approved until you have received written documentation from the foundation notifying you of grant approval. 

21) Who do I contact if I have questions about the Integra Foundation?

Gianna Sabella at gianna.sabella@integra-foundation.org.

22) What is the role of sales and marketing personnel in the grant review and approval process?
 
The Integra Foundation is independent of the company’s sales and marketing organizations. Sales and marketing personnel have no role in the grant approval process. All Integra personnel must respond to inquiries regarding a foundation grant request by providing the requestor with the Integra Foundation email address (gianna.sabella@integra-foundation.org) or the Grants and Foundation website address (https://integra-grants-public.steeprockinc.com). The requestor is entirely responsible for submitting a grant request to the foundation, and all Integra personnel are prohibited from contacting the foundation on behalf of any requestor. Integra personnel may not solicit grant funding requests and should provide the referral information if grants are brought up in an unsolicited manner by a customer.