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Frequently Asked Questions


A: Takeda's Global CSR Program provides funding support to non-profits, foundations, publicly registered organizations equivalent to a 501(c)(3) in the U.S., non-governmental organizations (NGOs), public-private partnerships, and intergovernmental organizations (IGOs).

A: For-profit entities are not eligible for funding as a designated recipient. However, they are allowed to be a sub-partner on projects.

A: Yes, multiple proposals may be submitted.

A: Takeda allows consortium proposals, but one organization must take on fiduciary responsibility for contracting purposes.

A: No, Takeda CSR does not fund post-market studies of new drugs.   

A: Takeda does not provide support to individuals or single organizations that are not part of an eligible partnership.

A: Takeda CSR does not fund clinical research and development, but would consider R&D for digital supply chain solutions, informatics, etc.

A: Yes, applicants may resubmit proposals to subsequent RFPs after a non-award decision is made.

A: Projects are funded in accordance with the Global CSR Program’s annual RFP, which are not (and cannot be) linked to Takeda's commercial interests.  See RFP guidance for more details.



A: All applicants are required to submit proposals via our Digital CSR Donation Management System. Details on how to submit an application can be found on the RFP document.


A: Yes, Takeda only accepts proposals in English, unless stated otherwise in the RFP.

A: English.

A: Applicants are encouraged to propose projects across all geographies unless stated otherwise in the annual RFP.

A: Takeda's Global CSR projects are 4 to 10-year commitments.

A: In addition to articulating how the project will help advance diversity, equity, and inclusion, applicants must select from our list of relevant United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Targets with which this project’s objectives and activities align. The list includes SDGs 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.7, 3.8, 3.c, 3.d, 5.5, 5.6, 5.b, 6.2, 6.b, 9.1, 9.a, 13.1, 17.9, 17.15, 17.16, 17.17, and 17.19. Additionally, applicants must submit a detailed project plan that outlines who a project’s direct beneficiaries are, and how many will benefit, as well as projected outcomes and measurable progress indicators.

A: We define “outputs” as the direct results of an activity; namely, the goods, services, events, and tangible deliverables directly produced by your activities, as well as number of beneficiaries reached. We define “outcomes” as the overarching changes in systems, populations, policies, or behaviors as a result of your activities (i.e., the impact of your outputs over time). Because definitions of these and other impact-related terms vary significantly among funders and the field of social impact measurement continues to evolve, we do not ask applicants to distinguish between the two. If your project will be supported by funding from multiple donors, please ensure that the outputs and outcomes you list are directly connected to the Takeda-funded portion of your project exclusively.

A: To help increase awareness and understanding of the health challenges being tackled, Takeda's Employee Participation Program (EPP) enables small groups of employees to experience the transformational impact of the company's contributions first-hand. Employees return from learning trips and become ambassadors for global health. Learn about a 2020 learning trip to Myanmar here.

Applicants should factor in funding for learning trips on top of other project costs to cover on-the-ground, in-country expenses (guidance on funding and line items to consider and exclude can be found in the RFP document). Typically, Takeda’s employees visit a project site at least once over the course of the project period.

A: Takeda does not have specific guidance on when nor how to best engage employees in projects beyond the Employee Learning Trips outlined in the RFP. Takeda will, however, engage with successful applicants over the life cycle of the project on various issues, including as a thought partner.

A: Yes. Please note that only shortlisted applicants are invited to submit. 



A: Submission of budget figures and narrative portions of the proposal application should be done through our Digital CSR Donation Management System. Guidance can be found in the RFP document.

 A: Proposals and all proposal budget items must be in Japanese Yen.  We do not accept buffer in the budget to account for any currency fluctuations.

A: Applicants are encouraged to provide a total estimated cost according to the proposed technical approach. All solicitations are competitive.

A: Takeda’s Global CSR permits an Indirect Cost rate of 0% for government agencies and private foundations; up to 10% rate for U.S. universities/community colleges; and up to 15% for NGOs, multilateral organizations, and universities outside the United States.

A: Takeda does not allow recovery of fees.

A: Takeda travel policy supports the lowest available non-stop routed coach class fare unless one of the following exceptions apply: business class is only permitted for international flights where one-way “in-flight” time is longer than six hours; if business class is not available on a six+ hour segment the traveler must move to premium economy or economy class (not first class); and economy class for flights with duration of less than six hours of “in-flight” time. Please note that third-party auditors will be contracted to support the monitoring of project expenditure.

A: Takeda may consider these costs based on the relevance of the technical approach. Specific guidance can be found in the RFP document.

A: Takeda will contract a third party to audit financial spend of the contribution to ensure it meets the intended purpose of the award.

A: Budget for third party audits should not be included, as these costs will be covered directly by Takeda.

A: Takeda disburses funding according to the proposed budget plan of each project year.



A: Takeda employees cast online votes on all shortlisted proposals. 

A: Takeda employees company-wide will cast final votes on all shortlisted proposals. Shortlisted proposals will be translated into all the relevant languages used at Takeda. 


A: Unfortunately, Takeda is unable to share this information as these numbers vary year to year.


A: The Takeda Global CSR team will select all shortlisted applicants. Below are the scoring criteria against which all applicants will be rated. In evaluating each of these criteria, our reviewers consider whether the applicant has followed RFP guidance and clearly responded to application questions; the understanding demonstrated in the proposal of the problems being addresses and the unique needs of the communities of focus, the context for solutions, and what is truly required for successful implementation of the project goal; and the creativity of the proposed project’s approach.


Technical Approach 45%   Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 10%
Organizational Capacity & Past Performance 10%   Sustainability 5%
Budget 10%   Measurable Indicators 5%
Communications Plan 10%   Learning Trips 5%





A: Upon completion of the proposal evaluation process, Takeda will inform each applicant of the award decision.

A: Takeda will make an annual philanthropic contribution to the successful applicant. 

A: Takeda's installment schedule includes a one-time annual payment to successful applicants beginning in December every year, until the end of the project period.

A: Funding disbursements are made annually, usually in December.

A: A mid-year and annual progress report for the previous year must be submitted, and results and performance agreed upon by Takeda for the next tranche of funding to be released. Global CSR Partners must be able to attribute reported outputs and outcomes to the Takeda funding (or the Takeda-funded portion of the project) exclusively.