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Frequently Asked Questions

The criteria are required by French law for the Fund to support international projects. They are therefore non-negotiable.

  • Be a general interest nonprofit organization (NPO), i.e.
    • carry out a non-profit activity
    • be managed in a disinterested manner
    • not act for the benefit of a limited circle of people
    • carry out an educational activity
  • Have a project focusing on the education of 0-8 year old for an underprivileged public (meeting the essential needs of populations in distress/misfortune).
  • Have an identified bioMérieux sponsor.
  • Have a project deployed near a bioMérieux site.

This means that a nonprofit organization must obtain the support of a member of the bioMérieux team to respond to the call for projects. If the project is selected, this person will follow the project for the Fund until its completion.

Send us an email at, including the name of the regional coordinator below. She will put you in touch with bioMérieux employees interested in taking on this role.

Sophie Ablott - France Coordinator | Maria Paula Macias - LATAM Coordinator | Raffaella Catena - EME Coordinator | Maya Balakrishnan - North American Coordinator | Emily Zhang - ASPAC Coordinator | Patricia Ayandokun - Africa Coordinator 

The Fund aims to provide the essential elements of education to enable the social integration of young children (reading, writing, learning to count) but also seeks to encourage projects related to a child's well-being (language stimulation, self-confidence, sleep, nutrition, musical awareness, etc.). 

The direct beneficiaries of a project can be the children and their families, but also those who provide education (teachers, teacher trainers, etc.) or the educational ecosystem.

The countries concerned by the call for projects are the countries where bioMérieux is established: bioMérieux Worldwide | Pioneering Diagnostics (
The project must be implemented near a bioMérieux site. It is the final beneficiaries who must be close to a bioMérieux site, not the organization's headquarters. 
Generally speaking, we try to think of proximity in terms of car travel/public transport, and we aim for trips that can be made in one day.

They have been defined by the Board of the Fund. They focus on:

  • Concrete actions and their deployment: how will the NPO deploy its actions, with which network on the ground, and are the actions clearly explained?
  • The beneficiaries: how will the action reach them and, in the long term, will it contribute to reducing inequalities?
  • The impact of the project: is the NPO able to establish and monitor success indicators?
  • The ability to involve bioMérieux employees in specific actions at least once a year for the duration of the support (e.g. field visits, collection and distribution of books, leisure activities with children, etc.)
  • The network built by the NPO with structures in the field (prescribers, relay structures, partners....)
  • The coherence between the budget requested by the NPO and the overall budget of the NPO (example: the NPO has an overall budget of 100 and requests 90: without our support, the NPO is in danger).

There will be possible "bonus" points (e.g. if the project is innovative or based on research).

You can download from the homepage the full list of questions in the application and the selection criteria for the Fund.

One nonprofit organization can only apply for one project per country.

If the NPO is a worldwide organization it can apply for several countries through their local offices.

Applications are examined in three stages:

  • The regional coordinators read each application from their zone and rate them using an eligibility and selection grid.
  • The Fund team also reads the applications and discusses their selection with each regional coordinator in order to establish a "short-list" for the Board.
  • The final selection is made by the Board on October 9th, 2024.
    • In 2023, 65 applications were received, 38 were eligible and 18 were selected.

All the NPOs that have submitted a project, whether they are selected or not, will be informed by e-mail by the Endowment Fund, the week of October 21st, 2024.

The projects supported will be monitored on a quarterly basis and a balance sheet will be drawn up at the end of each year following payment, in order to check the use of the funds and the results obtained by the project.