GSK US Independent Medical Education

Closing the gaps and improving patient health

As part of GSK's mission to get ahead of disease together, GSK identifies and funds innovative, high-quality, independent third-party educational initiatives that are designed to close US healthcare professional (HCP) educational, quality, and performance gaps - with the ultimate goals to reduce healthcare disparities, improve patient health, and enhance patient quality of life.

Independent Medical Education (IME) for HCPs

GSK provides financial support for IME for HCPs, including certified continuing medical education (CME, CE).

GSK defines IME for HCPs as any third-party education for HCPs in which GSK (or any commercial interest) has no control, influence, or involvement (ie, independent).

At GSK, IME (certified and non-certified) is funded with a grant.

What is the difference between IME and certified continuing medical education (CME)?

  • Certified CME is a type of IME. Not all IME is certified CME; however, all certified CME is IME.
  • If the IME is certified/accredited, it is referred to as certified CME. Continuing education (CME or CE) credits are offered for HCP participation.
  • IME may also be non-certified/non-accredited. In this case, no CME or CE credits are offered for HCP participation.

*CME/CE credits for HCPs

HCP: Healthcare professional

IME: Independent medical education

CME: Certified continuing medical education

CE: Certified continuing education

CPD: Continuing professional development


There is a 2-step process for US-based organizations to submit IME grants to GSK:


Organizations must first register and be approved as an eligible educational provider.


Eligible educational providers can submit grants in response to the Call for Grant Applications.

Educational providers must meet the below eligibility criterion:

Accredited to provide HCP continuing education (ie, CME, CE) by a national accrediting body such as the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), or American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)

Call for Grant Applications (CGA)

Grant proposals will be evaluated for compliance and merit using the disease areas of interest and grant review criteria detailed in the Call for Grant Applications.

Funding priorities will focus on independent educational initiatives designed to measure improvements/changes in the following:

HCP Knowledge
HCP Competence
HCP Performance
LEVEL 6/7 1
Patient/Community Health

1Moore DE, et al. J Contin Educ Health Prof. 2009;29:1-15.

Grant requests will be prioritized based on optimal alignment with:

Patient needs
HCP performance gaps
Healthcare system gaps
GSK clinical interests

Please review the Call for Grant Applications for more details about the grant submission dates, disease areas of interest, and grant review criteria we use to evaluate grants submitted for compliance and merit.

Ready to request funding?

Your first step will depend on whether your organization is already registered. Get started by selecting the appropriate option below.

If your organization is already registered and eligible to submit funding requests to GSK, you can sign in and submit a funding request.

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If your organization is not already registered (or if you are unsure), please follow these steps:


Visit the GSK Request Management System and click the "I’m Ready to Register" button.


Enter your organization's information and click the "Search" button. This will help you see if your organization has already been registered with GSK.

You will be prompted to enter your organization information to proceed with registration and your unique user information and email address to set up your account.

You will be prompted to enter your unique user information and email address for access to the system.

You will be notified that your email address is already in use. If you don't remember your password, please click "Forgot your password?" to reset your password for access to the system. If you don’t receive the email to reset your password in your Inbox, please check your Spam/Junk email folder.

What happens after I register?

We will review all submitted information upon organization registration and render a decision to determine eligibility to submit funding requests to GSK. We commit to validating organization registrations as quickly as possible. Please consider this registration requirement in the timeline for submitting a funding request, as organization validation is required prior to funding request submission.

Additional Information and Resources

Reference Documents

We have a number of resources that further explain our process.

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