The Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development (Tufts CSDD) operates within Tufts University, a 501(c)(3) non-profit academic institution. As an independent research center we rely on unrestricted grants to support our mission and our research activity. Tufts CSDD also receives funding in the form of registration fees for educational programs and subscription fees for the Impact Report.
Research grant funding and sponsorship support comes from a variety of sources including government agencies, foundations, disease advocacy groups, universities, pharmaceutical companies, research services providers, and trade associations. Although organizations providing grant funding and sponsorship may suggest topics for investigation, the Tufts CSDD research agenda is set independently by the center director and the faculty. The results of all research conducted by Tufts CSDD must be published in peer-reviewed and trade journals. Examples of organizations providing research grant funding are listed in our Research Grant and Center Sponsors section. In any given year, approximately 55% of Tufts CSDD’s operating expenses are supported by grants from the private sector and 45% from the public sector.