In commemoration of the Massachusetts STEM Summit and the Bridging the Gap STEM Education Conference in North Carolina, the Biogen Foundation will award $215,000 in grants to support science education programs and projects in public elementary, middle and high schools in Massachusetts and North Carolina. Grants will be administered by North Carolina Community Foundation.

  • Teachers may apply for up to $2,000
  • Schools may apply for up to $5,000

Programs should be designed to:

  • Promote science literacy in effective ways among students
  • Enable teachers to bring new, exciting hands-on science experiences to their students
  • Encourage equal-access, quality STEM education
  • Inspire students to pursue STEM careers

Eligibility

We will accept applications from full-time professional personnel from public and charter schools located in Massachusetts and North Carolina. We will accept one teacher grant application and one school grant application per school. Private schools are not eligible.

General Information

The Ignite the Power of STEM grants will be awarded on a one-time basis. The Biogen Foundation will consider a broad range of projects, as long as they expand and enhance science education at the elementary, middle and/or high school levels.

Grants will be awarded to teachers and schools that present proposals which incorporate effective, hands-on methods to enhance the teaching of science. Funds may be used for:

  • Purchase of laboratory materials or classroom technology enhancements for use by students in hands-on experimentation
  • Fee to cover the stipend for an expert to speak to a science class
  • Purchase of books, workbooks, lab manuals, etc. not covered by regular instructional budget (not replacement of textbooks covered by school budget)
  • Transportation for students to participate in field trips to science museums or other programs of scientific interest
  • Admission fees for classes on educational field trips to science museums, botanical gardens, zoological gardens, etc.
  • Curricular materials or other needs for regular classroom, after-school, or summer science programs

Review and Selection Process

Grants will be awarded following review by a program committee which will include representatives from within Biogen as well as outside organizations. There will be separate review committees for Massachusetts and North Carolina.

In considering applications, the selection committee will give priority to efforts that:

  • Promote effective ways of teaching STEM to inspire students
  • Have clear goals and measurable outcomes consistent with the science education mission of the Biogen Foundation
  • Emphasize the life sciences – particularly biology, neuroscience and biotechnology
  • Will have a positive impact on a significant number of youth or a deep impact on a smaller number of students

The selection committee will give special consideration to efforts that target underserved youth and/or groups that are underrepresented in STEM fields including, but not limited to, female, minority and disabled students.

Teachers and schools that receive a grant will be asked to submit a brief summary at the end of the grant period outlining how funds were spent, what was accomplished as a result of the grant, the extent to which project goals were achieved, and lessons learned.

Feedback in the form of videos, photos, notes from students and faculty, etc. is welcomed and much appreciated by the Biogen Foundation!

Important Information

  • Applications will be accepted from October 15, 2016 through 5 p.m. on January 15, 2017.
  • Grants will be awarded by March 17, 2017 and are to be expended by December 31, 2017.
  • Applications will be accepted from full-time professional personnel from public and charter schools located in Massachusetts and North Carolina. We will accept one teacher grant application and one school grant application per school. Private schools are not eligible.