As the voice of the innovative life sciences and biotech industry, BIA keeps people at the heart of what we do. Having one strong sector voice - the patients alongside the industry - is crucial to delivering healthcare solutions that can truly make a difference to people's lives. BIA works with one chosen UK charity each year, connecting them with the influential thought leaders within our strong ecosystem of corporate businesses, networks, academia and associates.

Applications for our Charity of the Year Partnership for 2024 are open!

Our partnership

  • We will discuss innovative fundraising ideas with our chosen COTY. In the past this has taken the shape of silent auctions and 'Light it Up' competitions, we are keen to hear fresh ideas.
  • We will ask for you to nominate a chosen charity speaker for the gala dinner supply up to six staff to assist us in running the event on the night. These staff usually wear Charity t-shirts to promote their organisation.
  • FoC supporters stand at all relevant BIA events.
  • Whilst you will get to know all BIA staff, we also offer a relationship manager, who you can contact at any time with additional questions.
  • Potential to host a BIA Away Day – a chance for the BIA staff to learn more about what your charity does and increase connections between our organisations. Each year we value the use of a meeting room (for up to 20 people) for a morning, alongside a tour or a presentation on what you do.
  • BIA will champion medical research during policy discussions at all levels.
  • A  handover conversation at the end of the year: the good, the bad and the ugly!

  • Free of charge attendance and networking at our events throughout the year. Key events include our Gala Dinner, Committee Summit, Parliament Day and all networking and thought leadership events. We can also offer opportunities to speak at some of our events.
  • Hosting a webinar to promote the research you’re doing to tackle the problems for your patients. Our events team can coordinate and market a webinar for you. We hold monthly webinars and can work with you to find a suitable time. If you’re working with a BIA member, we encourage you to present together to show the links and strengths of a unified sector. However, this isn’t compulsory and won’t affect your application.
  • You will receive the same benefits as BIA members. This includes promotion within Newscast (our weekly newsletter), publishing your jobs, news and events on our website, as well as social media mentions. After the first year, you are given the opportunity to continue the relationships you have built over the past year by becoming a paid BIA member.

Previous Charities of the Year have:

  • received forewarning to when key policy documents of interest will be released
  • extended their reach through the networks made at our events, being invited to present at industry conferences 
  • made the most of their attendance at and connections with BIA advisory commitees, expanding their knowledge on priority topics. For example, translation via our Science and Innovation Advisory Committee (SIAC).

  • Consider where this relationship best sits within your organisation.
  • The value of this partnership is in its policy and research base (rather than purely as a fundraising activity).
  • Think about how to best engage with your internal teams from the beginning; having them on board early will make for your best proposal and will mean you get the most out of our year.


2024 dates

Anytime: Register online for a BIA event; get to know the work we're doing in the sector and meet some of our staff. Our events are across the year and throughout the UK. 

12 June 2023: Opening date for applications

13 August 2023: Closing date for applications

September 2023: Applicants to be advised of the outcome and initial kick-off meeting between partners

October - November: 2024 Charity of the Year planning

December: Official announcement of successful 2024 Charity of the Year, Gala dinner planning meetings, handover with 2023 charity partner  

January - December 2024: Activities as discussed over the previous months

Application criteria

The charity must:

  • be based in the UK
  • be actively supporting an area of medical research of interest to at least one of the BIA’s corporate members
  • not have received support from the BIA in the past five years
  • be properly constituted and compliant with all areas of charity law (for example, filing of proper accounts on time)
  • be/or become a member of the Association of Medical Research (AMRC)
  • explain how much you have spent on biomedical research in the UK in the last three years (% of overall income/wealth)
  • propose a speaker for the dinner (usually a patient advocate)

Please also submit a brief proposal detailing how a year-long partnership with the BIA will accelerate the development of research and development in the charity’s chosen disease field.


Previous Charity of the Year Partnerships

“Working with the BIA has helped set the agenda for a long-lasting strategic partnership. Introductions to BIA members have enabled us to gain a mutual understanding of our joint aims and priorities and will help elevate the kidney patient voice in early and in translational research.  

“We were delighted to work with the BioIndustry Association during 2017. As a result of our partnership, we were able to boost knowledge about dementia drug discovery through a dedicated webinar on the subject and to speak to new audiences about dementia research and access to future treatments at a number of important events, including the BIA Forum. The BIA also invited Alzheimer’s Research UK to be part of its annual Parliament Day, helping us to share insights with policymakers about the impact of government policy on dementia research as well as shared messages on current life sciences issues.

"Over the year we’ve developed close relationships with the leading biotechs working in ovarian cancer, and we are privileged that we have been given this opportunity to create new connections and learn more about this field. We know these connections will help to accelerate our work to improve outcomes for women affected by ovarian cancer and ensure new treatments are developed quickly to reach patients as soon as possible.

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Please note, we reserve the right to support more than one charity and to give different opportunities for profile-raising. Proposals will be judged against the criteria above and, ultimately, the choice of the Charity of the Year will be that of the BIA’s Chief Executive.