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Biogen Idec Foundation Ignite the Power of STEM Grant Program

Oct 03, 2014

The mission of the Biogen Idec Foundation is to improve the quality of peoples’ lives and contribute to the vitality of the communities in which Biogen Idec operates. We are committed to sparking a passion for science and discovery, supporting innovative STEM initiatives, and strengthening efforts to make science accessible to diverse populations.

For more than a decade, the Foundation has invested millions of dollars in local and national STEM initiatives including significant partnerships with the Museum of Science, Teach for America, Cambridge Science Festival, and Citizen Schools.

To celebrate the convening of the Massachusetts STEM Summit, the Biogen Idec Foundation will award $80,000 in grants to support science education programs and projects in elementary, middle and high schools represented at the 2014 Summit.

Up to 40 Ignite the Power of STEM grants will be awarded to teachers and schools as follows:

  • $2,000 for Teachers
  • $5,000 for Schools

 Programs should be designed to:

  • Promote science literacy in innovative ways among students
  • Enable teachers to bring new, exciting hands-on science experiences to their students
  • Encourage underserved youth with potential to pursue science as a career
  • Create excitement about STEM topics within the classroom setting
  • Inspire students to consider pursuing STEM careers


We will accept applications from full-time professional personnel from public and charter schools located in Massachusetts that had at least one individual from their school district registered for or in attendance at the MA STEM Summit on October 22, 2014.

View winning proposals from 2013 MA STEM Summit Participants

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UMass Donahue Institute Massachusetts Business Roundtable Governor’s STEM Advisory Council WGBH