Progress at the Heart

Progress at the Heart Program

Sleep health disparities are impacted by ethnicity, socioeconomic status, discrimination, geography, social patterns, and access to healthcare as well as other complicating factors.1 Harmony Biosciences' Progress at the Heart funds innovative programs that address disparities, injustice, and inequities in the rare neurological disease and sleep disorder communities.

Harmony Biosciences has two open application periods for Progress at the Heart in 2023:

  • February 28 – May 26: Notification sent to awardees by June 2023
  • June 1 – August 25: Notification sent to awardees by October 2023
A complete application includes:
  1. Application Document
  2. Comprehensive Budget Document
  3. If applying from a 501(c)(3) organization, kindly include your 501(c)(3) tax-deductible letter and your organization's most recent Form 990
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During open application periods in 2023, Harmony Biosciences will accept applications that focus on one or more of the following categories:
  • Community Programs: People-centered, community-led programs to improve awareness and treatment in the sleep disorder and rare neurological diseases with sleep deficiencies communities and help achieve greater equality for underrepresented ethnic or other minority groups
  • Education: General public and healthcare provider education and programs that increase awareness and decrease time to diagnosis of sleep disorders and rare neurological diseases with sleep deficiencies found in underrepresented ethnic or other minority groups
  • Public Health: Creation of or modifications to public policies that impact underrepresented ethnic or other minority groups
  • Other proposals that help achieve greater equality within rare neurological disease communities

Funding Application Information

Application submission should include detailed information on:
  • Description and type of organization
  • Program title and summary
  • Key deliverables and program milestones
  • Evaluation plan
  • Communication and results plan
  • Financial information/detailed budget for project

Harmony Biosciences will request a program update one year after award.

Additional details:
  • Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) or similarly credentialed nonprofit organization
  • No minimum funding amount; maximum funding request per application: $50,000

Incomplete proposals will not be considered for review.

Applications will be reviewed by a cross-functional team of Harmony Biosciences employees. Proposals will be evaluated based on a standard set of review criteria, which will include the quality of the application, creativity of the solution, and the organization's infrastructure and past program successes.

Harmony Biosciences cannot fund projects that will provide a benefit to Harmony Biosciences other than the "incidental and tenuous" benefit that Harmony Biosciences receives in the form of goodwilI, name recognition, and publicity.

We will not consider proposals that include any of the following:

  • Programs that reference Harmony Biosciences products or product candidates, or seek to measure the impacts of Harmony Biosciences products
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, religion, sexual orientation, or disability
  • Funding for events or programs that have aIready occurred
  • Political organizations, campaigns, or direct lobbying activities
  • Religious organizations or groups whose activities are primarily sectarian in purpose
  • Programs or proposals that supplement an organization's income or offset its expense in a manner that benefits, directly or indirectly, a healthcare provider's compensation

Harmony reserves the right to withdraw this program prior to selecting and awarding grants.
Harmony reserves the right to use grant awardee organizations and winning programs in press materials.
Harmony reserves the right to partially fund grant requests.
Applications and support materials must be submitted in English.

Frequently Asked Questions
Can I submit for more than one grant?

Yes. Each program application must be submitted separately.

Can my organization apply for funding in collaboration with another organization?

Yes. Collaborative proposals between individuals and/or advocacy/community groups and/or academic institutions and/or medical societies are allowed.

Are local and regional programs being considered?

Yes. Local, regional, and national programs will be considered. At this time, the Progress at the Heart grants will be awarded to programs in the U.S. only.

Is there any guarantee of continuation of funding after awarded?

No. There is no guarantee an awarded program will receive funding in the future, even upon the continuation of a proposed program and beyond the proposal description.

May I submit a request for an activity that has already occurred?

No, Progress at the Heart does not fund activities that have already occurred but will consider support for ongoing and existing programs.

I have a detailed question about my proposal. Whom do I contact with a question?

Please address all questions regarding your application to progress@harmonybiosciences.com.

2022 Program Awards

Now in its second year, Progress at the Heart has funded over $200,000 in awards for the following projects addressing health disparities and inequities for people living with sleep disorders and the creation of policies that impact underrepresented ethnic or other minority groups. We are proud to support these programs:

Columbia University, Division of Cardiology
"REST: Reinforcing Essentials of Sleep for Teens" in a Diverse Population of High School Students in New York City
A 12-week behavioral and educational program for high school students in the Washington Heights community of New York City that aims to raise awareness of the importance of healthy sleep for the prevention of cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases.

American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Institute
Diversity Leadership Program
Diversity in the workforce is critical to cultivating trust in underrepresented communities. The Diversity Leadership Program is an intensive program that identifies, orients, and cultivates underrepresented minority neurologists into future leaders of the American Academy of Neurology and the greater field of neurology and helps to increase access to minority neurologists in communities where there is limited representation.

Sleep Consortium
Disparity Task Force Initiative – An Inclusive Approach to Patient-Owned Data Collection
The creation of a Task Force comprised of individuals representing Black and Hispanic American communities diagnosed with various sleep disorders. The Task Force will concentrate on identifying barriers their communities face in collecting data in patient-owned platforms, consenting to data sharing practices, and understanding governance issues.

World Sleep Society
Ensuring Equity in the International Sleep Medicine Exam – An Inclusionary Imperative
This program seeks to increase global access to the International Sleep Medicine Examination through the creation of an online testing platform and scholarships for application fees.

Click to learn more about what programs Progress at the Heart supported in 2021 and 2022.

“Racial disparities in healthcare are a medical emergency. To ensure equitable care, at Duke Neurology, we are building a system to identify and eliminate any variations in treatments provided to patients of different races and ethnicities. With funding through the Progress at the Heart program, we will be able to build the Duke Health Disparities in Neurology Scorecard that will provide easy-to-understand scoring to indicate where we are achieving our mission and where we can improve. Ultimately, the scorecard template will be broadly available with the goal of reducing health disparities nationwide.”

— Andrew Spector, MD, Neurologist, Sleep Medicine Specialist

Harmony does not provide grants to individuals unless an individual is acting as sponsor investigator of an investigator-sponsored study/research. No grants, sponsorships, or charitable contributions are offered or provided in exchange for endorsing or prescribing Harmony products or for a commitment to continue prescribing Harmony products. In other words, any quid pro quo is strictly prohibited.

Any funding provided by Harmony will be in compliance with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations.

References: 1. Billings ME, Cohen RT, Baldwin CM, et al. Disparities in sleep health and potential intervention models: a focused review. Chest. 2021;159(3):1232-1240.