GHAGA awards Terms and Conditions

1. Introduction

These terms and conditions (the "T&Cs") are intended to govern the operation of the Grifols Hemophilia Awareness Global Awards (the "GHAGA Awards") organized by Grifols, S.A., a company duly incorporated under the laws of Spain, with Tax ID number A-58389123, and with registered offices at calle Jesús y María 6, 08022 Barcelona – Spain ("Grifols").

GHAGA Awards aim at improving the standards and benefits for the patient care in hemophilia where it is not yet or not easily available.

These T&Cs are available for consultation on (the "Website").

2. Participants

Participation in the GHAGA Awards is voluntary and free of charge. Participants may be healthcare professionals, medical and paramedical centers, as well as hemophilic societies that contribute to improve the quality of life of hemophilia patients.

The participants in the GHAGA Awards may present their proposal individually or as part of a research team. Both individual participants' and research team participants will be jointly referred to as the "Participants".

The Participants shall meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • submit an innovative proposal that fulfills the project objectives set forth in Section 4.1 below;
  • be a healthcare organization, such as hospitals, universities or independent institutions ("HCO") or a healthcare professional (including without limitation doctors, nurses, scientists, pharmacists or physical therapists) ("HCP");
  • develop a project in the field of hemophilia;
  • Participants who are an HCP must be employed and / or explicitly supported by a HCO, and
  • be resident or incorporated in a country member of the United Nations and in which the Project is intended to be carried out.

None of Grifols' and/or its group companies' personnel or any relative up to the second degree of kinship of the persons directly involved in the management of the GHAGA Awards or in the awardee selection process shall be eligible to participate in the GHAGA Awards.

Unless expressly indicated in these T&Cs, in no case shall Grifols bear any costs and/or expenses in which the Participants may incur by reason of their participation in the GHAGA Awards.

3. Period of participation and timeline

The period of participation for the GHAGA Awards will be defined in the GHAGA Awards Timeline and shall include the following phases or steps:

  1. Submission of the application form of the Proposal (as such term is defined below) following the template provided by Grifols, which shall include a dossier with the following information (the "Dossier"):
    1. A brief résumé or CV (of only one Participant)
    2. Letter of Intent, accessible on the Website, containing:
      • A brief description of the HCO either as applicant, or as an employer and supporter of the Participants who are HCPs
      • Description of the Project (background, objectives, design, length and contribution to quality of life improvement)
      • Timelines and budget breakdown
      • Brief biography of the Participant
    3. A letter of authorization from the HCO expressly authorizing the HCP to submit a Proposal in relation with a Project. The letter must be stamped and signed by the Director (or equivalent position) of the HCO. There is a template of such letter of authorization on the Website available for download.
  2. The Dossier shall be submitted to Grifols within the term indicated in the GHAGA Awards Timeline.
  3. Upon receipt of the Dossiers, the Review Committee (as such term is defined in Section 4 below) shall select the Participants admitted to submit a full Proposal. The full Proposal shall be submitted according to the GHAGA Awards Timeline. Such Participants will receive additional questions and / or an additional questionnaire from Grifols to be completed;
  4. Submission by the Participants of additional questionnaires and/or questions, as requested by Grifols under paragraph (b) above;
  5. Selection by the Review Committee of the full Proposals awarded in each of the four categories defined in Section 4.1 (a); and
  6. Announcement by Grifols of the GHAGA Awards to each of the Awardees and announcement on the website in accordance with the GHAGA Awards Timeline.
  7. The GHAGA Awards ceremony will be held, when possible, during an international health congress or at an event organized by Grifols (the "Awards Ceremony"), which will be notified to the Awardees in advance.

The Participants shall provide all information requested in the course of the selection process in ENGLISH using the form or documents provided by Grifols, when they are made available.

PLEASE KINDLY NOTE: Only complete Dossiers will be further assessed in the selection process for the GHAGA Awards. At each step, the Proposals of the Participants, which Dossiers do not meet the eligibility or other requirements, will be disqualified and will not be considered for the rest of the Awardees selection process.

4. Award details

Applicants (either individual Participants or Participants part of a research team designated by a HCO to submit the proposal (the "Proposal")) have to complete a Dossier and submit it following the terms set forth in Section 3.

Once the period to submit the Dossier ends an independent jury formed by a panel of leading experts in clinical and academic medicine, whose identity details are published on the Website (the "Review Committee"), shall select:

  1. In a first step, among the Participants having submitted a Dossier, the Participants admitted to submit a full Proposal. Since Grifols is fully committed to adhering to the highest integrity and ethical standards, and expects the same of any person with whom interactions are established, Grifols will request the Participants admitted to submit a full Proposal, to complete an additional questionnaire, as a condition for further consideration of their Proposal in the Awardees' selection process;
  2. In a second step, among the Participants having submitted a full Proposal, the four (4) Participants' Projects (as such term is defined below) that best match the objectives of the Project (as detailed in Section 4.1), taking into consideration the appraisal criteria described in Section 4.2 (the "Awardees").

Only Participants fulfilling all of the above requirements and criteria will be considered to be selected as Awardees. The Awardees will be required to enter into a contract with the HCO and Grifols before the award of the Prize (as such term is defined below) (the "Contract"), which shall set forth the terms and conditions by which the Prize will be granted to the HCOs employing or supporting the Awardees.  

The Awardees will be announced on the Website with their name, last name, title, designation of work place and the title of the Project.

If the Award Ceremony takes place, the Awardee is required to attend the Award Ceremony, whether virtually or in-situ as appropriate, in order to be awarded. In case it is required the Awardee to attend the Award Ceremony in-situ, any costs and/or expenses associated with the attendance of the Awardee to the Award Ceremony will be borne by Grifols or, if these have been already paid by the Awardee or the Awardee's Institution, the Awardee or the Awardee's Institution shall be reimbursed by Grifols upon Grifols being provided with evidence of such costs and/or expenses incurred and subject, in any event, to any applicable local laws and regulations.

4.1 Requirements of the Projects

Participants shall present an innovative project that contributes to improve the quality of life of hemophilia patients and that permits complying with the following requirements (the "Project"):

  1. Project objectives
    1. Outreach diagnosis by increasing disease awareness or access to diagnosis (endorse reference centers to work on better logistics or facilities, support national or local registries, help to develop hemophilia treatment centers processes);
    2. Improve education to patients, families, caregivers, healthcare providers or patient’s advocacy groups (educational stages in other centers, workshops, pathology training and programs to educate patients and families); 
    3. Strengthen diagnosis (help to improve patients care and quality control in hemophilia centers); and/or
    4. Facilitate access to treatment (support patient or family travels, improve in logistics organization).
  2. Project goals should be achieved within a term of twelve (12) months from the date of the first payment agreed in the Contract, in case Participants become selected as Awardees.
  3. In no case, submitted Projects shall include any information or data which allows, directly or indirectly, the identification of any individual who is not a member of the Participant's team and/or the HCO.
  4. The Project funding request will be submitted in local currency as well as the breakdown costs requested in the full Proposal. Funds approved will not be modified under any circumstances.

In case a Participant becomes selected as Awardee, he/she agrees to provide Grifols with progress reports (which shall include a financial report of the fund and any other Project realization evidence) within the term specified in each Contract (which will differ based on the characteristics of each Project) and a full report after completion of the Project (the "Final Report"). Eventually, details of the Projects awarded (description and execution) will be used and published by Grifols in reports, newsletters and media releases related to the GHAGA Awards news, in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in the corresponding Contract.

4.2 Appraisal criteria

The Projects will be assessed by the Review Committee taking into account the following criteria:

  1. Scientific merit, which will take into account (i) the validity of the expected outcomes, (ii) the validity of its potential regional impact, and (iii) the feasibility of completing the proposed work within a term of twelve (12) months from the date of the first payment agreed in the Contract;
  2. Clinical/medical impact, which will take into account (i) the validity of the rationale/expected outcomes to contribute to increase disease awareness and/or access to diagnosis, offer education or improve patient care, and (ii) proposals showing potential regional impact (which will be highly evaluated); and
  3. Plan execution and grant Awardees, which will take into account (i) qualification of each Participant and of the HCO supporting the Participant, (ii) expertise in the area where the Proposal will be executed, and (iii) profile of the Participant.

5. Prize

Each of the four (4) selected Projects will be awarded with a maximum amount of Euros 30,000 (the "Prize") or the corresponding exchange in USD or local currency. The exchange rate that will be taken into consideration shall be the one published on the issue date of the invoice. The final Prize to be granted within this maximum amount will depend on the specific characteristics of each Project, as each Project shall specify and properly justify the sum of money required for its execution. Payment of the Prize will be made by Grifols to the Awardees.

The Awardee(s) acknowledges that Grifols will not transfer any payment of the Prize of the GHAGA Awards directly to him/her/them.

6. Confidential information

All documents and/or information submitted by Participants and/or the Institutions to Grifols related to the Project shall be considered confidential information (“Confidential Information”) and shall only be used by Grifols for the sole purposes of assessing Participants' candidacy in the GHAGA Award.

The obligations of this Clause 6 shall be valid during a term of five (5) years after the delivery of the Confidential Information.

7. Representations and Warranties. Intellectual and Industrial Property

The Participants represent and warrant that (a) they are the authors responsible for the submitted Project, (b) the Dossier, the Proposal, as well as any submitted documents and/or information provided are accurate and updated, (c) the Project is an original creation, (d) they have obtained all necessary approvals from their HCOs to participate in the GHAGA Awards and their participation do not violate any duty owed to such HCOs or any other third party, (e) the Project complies with all applicable health regulations, and (f) their participation in the GHAGA Awards and the exercise by Grifols of the rights licensed herein does not infringe any legal provisions, agreements, rights or assets owned by any third party.

The HCO or, as the case may be, the Awardee will be the exclusive owner of the economic rights of intellectual and industrial property over the Project. By participating in the GHAGA Awards, Grifols is granted a worldwide, non-exclusive, non-transferable (except to Grifols' group companies) royalty free license to use any and all results derived, directly or indirectly, from the Project for Grifols' internal research and development purposes. The Awardee shall present any information, data and/or results derived from the Project only with the prior written consent of Grifols, which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld.

For the avoidance of any doubt, the Institution shall fully keep the ownership or control over all documents, materials and information (whether or not protected by intellectual and industrial property rights) submitted to participate in the GHAGA Awards.

8. Data Protection

Any personal data provided by the Participants will be processed in accordance with the Privacy Policy.

9. Applicable Law and Jurisdiction

These T&Cs are governed by Spanish law. If any dispute arise from the interpretation and/or execution of the provisions regulated in these T&Cs, the parties will try to resolve these disputes amicably. If the dispute, controversy or difference cannot be amicably resolved, the parties shall submit the dispute, controversy or difference exclusively to the courts of the city of Barcelona, Spain.

10. General

Participation in the GHAGA Awards implies full and complete acceptance of these T&Cs by each Participant. Any statement to the contrary, such as not agreeing to the T&Cs, will result in the exclusion of the Participant and, as a result, Grifols will be released from fulfilling any obligations with respect to such Participants.

It is hereby acknowledged that none of the Awards granted is conditioned upon any promotion, prescription and/or use of any products commercialized by Grifols nor it is intended to influence the Participants (either HCPs or HCOs) to do so.

Grifols reserves the right to (i) cancel the GHAGA Awards at any time on the grounds of force majeure, lack of participation or for any other valid reason, (ii) disqualify any Participant who infringes any of the provisions set forth in these T&Cs and/or any applicable regulation, and (iii) to delegate parts of the management or of the supervision of the awards operations to any Grifols affiliate.

Further, Grifols reserves the right to modify these T&Cs in case any irregularity is detected that might have an impact on the objectivity and transparency of the GHAGA Awards.

Date of creation: Feb 2022