The mission of the Biogen Foundation is to provide access to science education and essential human services to children and their families in the communities in which Biogen operates. We are 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.   We want to inspire the next generation of scientists who will tackle the challenging issues of tomorrow.  We want young people to know that science is fun, science is for everyone, and that they can change the world through science.

We feel a responsibility to do all we can to ensure the next generation is curious about the world around them and contribute to society in creative ways. By giving all students — regardless of their background — opportunities and support to reach their full potential, we might empower them to pursue careers in science.

— George Scangos, Ph.D.
Biogen CEO and Biogen Foundation Trustee

World Biotech Tour

The Biogen Foundation and the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) have partnered to bring the World Biotech Tour (WBT) to 12 science centers and museums across the globe.  Over three years, these centers will hold biotechnology festivals where kids and families will engage in hands-on learning about the importance of biotechnology and how it affects our daily lives.  The WBT will empower students and science center educators to act as ambassadors for biotech education in the communities and around the world.

A new cohort of international museums will join the tour each year, culminating in a global summit in Tokyo in 2017.

Learn more about the World Biotech Tour

Swiss Science Center Technorama

Housing over 500 exhibits, experiment stations and lab facilities, the Swiss Science Center Technorama is one of the most renowned science centers in the world. With approximately 65,000 student visitors per year, it plays a vital role in encouraging interest and enthusiasm for science and technology at an early age. The Biogen Foundation has committed to a three year grant to support to the Technorama’s hands-on learning lab, as well as the development of new workshops and training for teachers. This marks the Foundation’s largest grant ever awarded outside of the United States.

Citizen Schools

Citizen Schools and the Biogen Foundation are engaged in a three-year collaboration focused on advancing STEM education to middle school children in high-need areas, allowing Citizen Schools to scale science, technology, engineering, and math (​STEM)​ programming nationally. The Biogen Community Labs in Massachusetts and North Carolina have engaged employee volunteers and worked​ side-by-side with Citizen Schools students each semester, helping them transform into junior scientists by using the same state-of-the-art equipment and tools that the scientists utilize to discover and create new medicine.

The Biogen Foundation has also been named Citizen Schools’ first National Innovation Partner. 

Learn more about our collaboration with Citizen Schools

North Carolina Science Festival

The Biogen Foundation is the presenting sponsor of the North Carolina Science Festival – the first statewide science festival in the U.S.  The festival is a month-long, statewide celebration of science offering fun, hands-on science activities for kids and families.  A supporter of the festival since its inception in 2010, the Foundation increased its commitment in 2015 to become the festival’s presenting sponsor.  Since 2010, more than one-million North Carolinians have participated in science festival events.

Watch the kick-off video

Biomedical Science Careers Program (BSCP)

For the past 10 years, the Biogen Foundation has been a strong supporter of the BSCP, supporting professional development,educational programming and providing a HOPE Scholarship award to a deserving student in need of financial assistance. The goal of the BSCP is to increase the number of under-represented minorities in the health professions and the biomedical sciences.

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.

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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.

Ignite the Power of STEM Grants Program supports teachers and schools in Massachusetts and North Carolina to help them bring hands-on science programming to their students.  Individual teachers may apply for up to $2,000.  Schools may apply for up to $5,000.  The application cycle runs October 15th  through January 15th.

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.