Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Practice to Policy® Health Awards Program?

The Practice to Policy® Health Awards Program is designed to support initiatives that aim to improve health outcomes for people living with progressive non-viral liver diseases. Launched in 2016 with a specific focus in PBC, Practice to Policy® supports local, innovative ideas that form a basis for best practice- sharing learnings that inspire change. For 2019, the program may provide financial support (of up to $30,000 USD) to short-term initiatives that are funded for up to one year. Winning applications from 2019 will be given funding in 2020 to implement their projects.

The projects supported under this program are independent of the use of any particular therapeutic agent.

What is the eligibility criteria?

The Practice to Policy® Health Awards Program in primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) encourages the development of innovative projects, which are designed to improve the lives of people living with PBC. In 2019, we are focusing on local and national projects that pioneer collaborative care between healthcare professionals and people living with PBC. Specifically, we are seeking programs that:

  • Create tools or platforms that enable or encourage timely monitoring of patients 
  • Provide resources to improve the dialogue between people living with PBC and their providers
  • Explore new ways to enhance local PBC communities or networks 

Who can apply for an award?

The Practice to Policy® Health Awards Program will consider applications from:

  • Healthcare organizations
  • Academic institutions
  • Policy organizations
  • Patient organizations

Which types of projects are not covered by Practice to Policy® funds?

The Practice to Policy® Health Awards Program will not cover grants for:

  • Investigator-initiated research (IIR) grants
  • Medical education grants
  • Core funding grants

How long does the application window stay open?

The application window for the Practice to Policy® PBC Program will be open until September 8, 2019.

How can eligible applicants apply?

Applicants can apply for an award by downloading the application form and submitting the completed application via email to

When will applicants learn the outcome?

The Practice to Policy® Health Awards Program will let applicants know the outcome of their application by the end of 2019. 

Are research projects eligible to apply?

Research projects are not eligible to apply.

If you are seeking grants or other funding for medical education (either CME or IME) please send your enquiries to If you are interested in Investigator-Initiated Research grants, please send your enquiries to

Can applicants apply two years in a row?

The Practice to Policy® Health Awards Program provides funding for projects up to one year. To request funding for a second year, applicants would need to re-apply; Intercept cannot guarantee repeat funding for successful applicants.

It is possible to apply for support for an ongoing project, however, the new component for which the applicant is requesting funding must have distinct and measurable outcomes. The existence of ongoing projects must not compromise the ability to communicate best practices specific to the individual components of the project.

Does all project funding need to come from the Intercept award?

Applicants can apply whether or not they have additional sources of funding and their application will be considered. However, there must be an appropriate project deliverable associated with the Intercept one-year funding timeline.

What commitments would successful applicants have to make?

Successful applicants will be required to:

  • Conduct an interim and final review of the project, including allocation of funding and results of the project 
  • Permit the sharing of their organization/institution details and logo in addition to their funded project being highlighted on the Intercept Practice to Policy® Health Awards Program website
  • Commit to the dissemination of their methodologies and results through the relevant channels, including but not limited to: publications, manuscripts, and toolkits to ensure education around best practices within and beyond their organization/institution’s network. Intellectual property rights would remain in the ownership of the project leads. It is Intercept’s policy in line with transparent disclosure requirements that any publication acknowledges financial support from Intercept

Does Intercept cover capital expenditure?

Intercept does not cover capital expenditure (e.g., funding for purchasing equipment); however, lease costs for the duration of the project are possible.

Does Intercept cover staff-time expenditure?

Intercept will only cover staff-time specifically dedicated to this project and not duplicative of existing staff time. 

  • If temporary staff is hired and 100% of their time is resourced to the project, it can be included in the budget.  
  • If part-time staff is contributing to the project, only their hours dedicated to this project that are above and beyond their regular working hours will be covered (i.e., they normally work 4 days/week but planning to work an additional day every week to specifically manage this project).
  • If full-time permanent staff will be contributing to the project, it must be clearly documented that time dedicated to this project will be outside of regular working hours (i.e., evenings, weekends).