At Biogen, our mission is clear: we are pioneers in neuroscience. Since our founding in 1978 as one of the world’s first global biotechnology companies, Biogen has led innovative scientific research with the goal over the last decade to defeat devastating neurological diseases.
We believe that no other disease area holds as much need or as much promise for medical breakthroughs as neuroscience. Our focus on neuroscience, our deep scientific expertise and our courage to take risks make us leaders in the research and development of medicines to transform neuroscience to benefit society.
The Biogen Foundation supports access to science education and to essential human services for children and their families in the communities in which Biogen facilities are located. The Foundation is committed to sparking a passion for science and discovery, supporting effective science education initiatives and strengthening efforts to make science education and science careers accessible to diverse populations.
Most of all, we want young people to know that through science they have the ability to change the world.
We recently restructured the Foundation’s grant-making programs to focus on access in two areas: science education and strengthening our communities. Today, the Biogen Foundation is committed to supporting nonprofit organizations that focus on providing access to:
Hands-on science education
Teacher development opportunities in science
College readiness and support
Basic social needs (child hunger, poverty, and social mobility)
The Foundation also matches Biogen employee gifts to nonprofit organizations, up to $25,000 per employee, per year. In 2017, the matching grant program contributed $1.66 million to worthy organizations ranging from disease organizations and camps for children with serious illnesses to disaster relief efforts around the world.
U.S. Grants Program provides access to science education programs and essential human services to children and their families in the communities in which Biogen has facilities in the U.S. – specifically in Greater Boston and North Carolina. The Foundation’s fiscal year is the calendar year and grant applications are considered on a quarterly basis throughout the year.
International Grants Program provides access to science education programs in the communities in which Biogen has facilities around the world. Beneficiaries have included the Experimentarium in Denmark, Technorama Science Center in Switzerland and Science Lab in Germany. Participation in the International Grants Program is by invitation only.
U.S. Employee Matching Gifts Program matches Biogen employee gifts to non-profit organizations — maximizing community benefit and demonstrating the powerful difference we can collectively make in the lives of others. The Foundation matches Biogen employee donations to eligible organizations dollar-for-dollar, up to $25,000 per employee, per year.
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