The following rules apply to all proposals received from and grants awarded to researchers as part of the Grant for Fertility Innovation (GFI) program. The grant rules and procedures may be changed by EMD Serono for projects based in the United States and by EMD Serono KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany to those based in the rest of the world at any time, without notice, in order to comply with applicable laws, rules, regulations, company policies or industry codes.
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1. Program description?
As part of EMD Serono’s commitment to advance science and medicine, the GFI was launched in 2009. The selection of the GFI awards is based on the goal that research projects should demonstrate innovation and relevance to real-world practice for the benefit of couples seeking fertility assistance. With our long-term commitment to addressing infertility, EMD Serono is dedicated to integrating both drugs and technologies within fertility management strategies, in a patient-centred way, to ultimately reduce the time to live birth. Our focus on innovation, both through our own sponsored research, and that supported by GFI, drives our aim to answer key research questions in fertility, which will enable clinicians to improve outcomes for couples following assisted reproduction techniques.
EMD Serono and its affiliates believe that medical research and dissemination of scientific and educational information are worthy undertakings deserving support. Support for research, however, must be carried out in an appropriate manner. Research grants awarded by the company must be consistent with all applicable laws, rules, regulations, company policies and industry codes and may not be used as a price concession, reward or inducement to prescribe or purchase our company products.
2. Award criteria
The following criteria must be met for all GFI awards:
3. Audit and monitoring
All research activities carried out in connection with a GFI are subject to audit and monitoring by EMD Serono to help ensure that the research programs comply with law and applicable EMD Serono policy. In addition, the name of the grant recipient and amount of the grant will be publicly disclosed to the extent required by law and applicable EMD Serono policy.
4. Researcher obligations
In order to ensure the appropriate progress of innovation award research projects, grant recipients must provide the company with periodic updates on the progress of each project, as outlined in their Grant Agreement. These reports (Interim Reports and the Final Report) must include updated budget information and substantiation of expenses, before any relevant milestone payments are made.
If a research project is not progressing satisfactorily, appropriate action will be taken, including, but not limited to, withdrawing any remaining funding and terminating the research project.
Final report and publication
EMD Serono desires to ensure that research undertaken as part of the GFI program is completed and analysed. All grant recipients must provide the company with final study results in the form of a Final Report as well as a Final Certification, as outlined in their Grant Agreement. Publication (manuscripts or abstracts) of the research results in peer-reviewed journals is also to be strived for, as outlined in the Grant Agreement.
EMD Serono supports the exercise of academic freedom by researchers and expects the results of research to be published, whether or not the results are favourable to EMD Serono.
When a research project is completed or terminated, the researcher and/or institution conducting the research must certify to EMD Serono that: (i) the research was conducted in accordance with the terms of the Grant Agreement; (ii) any unused funds provided by EMD Serono have been returned to the company; (iii) all safety reporting obligations were met; and (iv) if required, a manuscript or abstract has been submitted for publication, or the research was terminated early and a publication is not appropriate.
At the end of the research project, reconciliation will take place to ensure that funds were used solely for the purpose stated in the GFI application and any unused funds are returned to EMD Serono.