Grants and Donations

In support of Otsuka’s mission of creating products for better health worldwide, Otsuka Canada Pharmaceutical Inc. (OCPI) gives back to the healthcare, patient and local communities by supporting initiatives promoting patient care, healthcare professionals’ education, medical research and charities that help those in need in our community.

OCPI is proud to support the Canadian medical community by funding medical education initiatives for healthcare professionals.  Specifically we offer educational and medical research grants focusing on:

  • Nephrology
  • Mental health, as a member of the Otsuka-Lundbeck Alliance

Further, OCPI believes strongly in supporting patients and their caregivers and will endeavor to support disease awareness as well as patient association’s initiatives.

As we believe in being a responsible corporate citizen, operating ethically and with integrity, and as a member of Innovative Medicines Canada, the association of Canada’s innovative pharmaceutical companies, all grant and donation requests are reviewed by our Grant Review Committee to ensure adherence to Innovative Medicines Canada’s Code of Ethical Practices and other applicable guidelines.

Providing all of the information specified in the How to Apply section below will help expedite the review process. Every request is evaluated on its own. Continued support of a previously funded recurring activity or project should not be presumed as many evolving factors are taken into consideration.

Please note that, as a general rule, OCPI will not support requests:

  • to fund activities or projects that have already occurred
  • where funds are to be paid to an individual, apart from healthcare professionals’ requests to attend an international congress or symposia or for investigator initiated trials
  • to fund travel costs of attendees to a Canadian CPD or other learning program
  • to fund activities or beneficiaries outside of Canada, apart from healthcare professionals’ requests to attend an international congress or symposia
  • from healthcare organizations or associations for activities or projects that do not serve an educational, scientific or patient care purpose (such as an association’s annual general meeting with no CHE activities, departmental retreats, leisure activities, etc.)
  • from individuals or teams participating in walk/bike/run fundraising events
  • to support organizations discriminating on the basis of race, creed, gender, age, sexual preference, disability or national origin
  • to support sporting events or teams
  • for student group activities
  • from political parties or candidates at any level
  • from religious organizations
  • incompatible with OCPI’s mission and values

How to apply
To be considered for review, a request must include the following:

  • a request letter addressed to the OCPI Grant Review Committee and on the original letterhead of the organization to whom the funding is to be provided, that clearly specifies both the rationale and objectives of the activity, project or campaign and the support sought from OCPI. Requests from individual healthcare professionals to attend an international congress or symposia are not required to be on an organization’s letterhead
  • the complete, legal name of the organization or individual to whom payment is to be made
  • if the request is to support a specific event, the purpose, program objectives and agenda of the event, along with its date, duration and location
  • a budget stating the total amount required for the activity and providing a sufficiently detailed breakdown of the different costs to be covered to allow an assessment of the reasonableness of the funding sought considering the objectives specified. The budget must include any applicable non-refundable taxes and specify any internal administrative fees charged by the organization receiving the funds, as once a request is approved, no additional funds will be provided over the funding requested initially to cover such costs
  • if the request states the overall cost of the project but does not mention the level of the funding expected from OCPI, specifies whether partial funding will be accepted and, if applicable, the minimal amount required for the project to take place
  • if applicable, specifies that it is an exclusive request, i.e. that support was not requested from any other organization for this project
  • if a charitable organization, the organization’s Canada Revenue Agency charity registration number
  • if a funding request for the same project, activity or campaign has been or will be submitted to Lundbeck Canada, a statement to this effect
  • contact information for updates and follow-ups

Note that additional information and documents may be requested, and that provision of support for an approved request is conditional to the signature of a Letter of Agreement.

To apply for support or ask us a question on our grant process or the status of your request, please email us at

For Mental Health related requests

For all other requests