Genzyme Accepting PAL Award Applications - New Rules Patient Advocacy Groups Need to Know About

James Radke, PhD

The 5th annual Patient Advocacy Leadership (PAL) Awards program is now accepting applications from non-profit patient organizations focused on lysosomal diseases. Submissions will be accepted now through September 30, 2015, when an External Review Committee will evaluate and select recipients. A total of $50,000 will be awarded through this year’s program. All eligible applicants may apply for a maximum grant of $25,000.

New to 2015

This year the PAL awards will focus more on initiatives that involve 2 or more organizations collaborating together to support their broader lysosomal disease community, including regional and country collaborations and across various disease communities. According to the sponsor—Genzyme—the goal is to highlight and support programs that enable knowledge and best practice sharing, and work to unite the broader lysosomal disease community. To that end, this years’ PAL award competition will accept non-English applications. Below is the summary of the most recent changes to this year’s program: In a press statement Richard Peters, MD, PhD, Genzyme’s Head of Global Rare Diseases stated, “From travelling photo exhibits and video projects, to digital technology applications and mentoring programs, previous grant recipients have demonstrated their creativity, intensity and passion to improve the lives of patients living with LSDs through their submissions. We look forward to supporting more of these great efforts.”

Since 2011, more than $400,000 has been awarded to 37 patient organizations around the world.  The due date for the application is September 30, 2015 and winners will be announced in December.

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Genzyme Launches Fifth Annual Patient Advocacy Leadership (PAL) Awards Program [press release]. Cambridge, MA: Genzyme, a Sanofi company; July 29, 2015.

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