Biogen Idec Foundation

Igniting a Passion for Science

"We feel a responsibility to do all we can to ensure the next generation are 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, CEO, Biogen Idec and Biogen Idec Foundation Trustee

Museum of Science

Museum of Science

Foundation funding helps Boston’s Museum of Science bring innovative, accessible and interactive STEM education to young people of all backgrounds.

The Possible Project

The Possible Project

Through TPP’s Makerspace, Foundation funding helps Cambridge-area high school students learn how to start and run their own businesses. Click here for TPP coverage on NECN.

Experimentarium

Experimentarium

We partner with Experimentarium science museum in Denmark to promote science awareness among young people and the community through their Outreach School Program.

NC Science & Engineering Fair

NC Science & Engineering Fair

We’re proud to support budding scientists in grades 3 – 12, and their teachers, as presenting sponsor of the North Carolina Science & Engineering Fair.

The Biogen Idec Foundation’s mission 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.

KEY PROGRAMS

U.S. Grants Program supports innovative STEM education programs and initiatives that strengthen the communities where Biogen Idec has facilities in the U.S., specifically in Greater Boston, MA and Research Triangle Park, NC.

International Grants Program supports science education programs in the regions where Biogen Idec operates. Awarded grants range from seed grants to test new models and innovative approaches, to enhancing or expanding existing efforts. In 2013, the Foundation awarded grants to the Science Museum in the U.K., Experimentarium in Denmark, and Swiss Youth in Science in Switzerland.

Ignite the Power of STEM Grants Program supports teachers and schools in Massachusetts and North Carolina working to bring innovative science programming to their students. In 2013, the Foundation awarded $50,000 in grants to support science education programs and projects run by elementary, middle and high schools.

U.S. Employee Matching Gifts Program matches Biogen Idec 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 Idec employee donations to eligible organizations dollar-for-dollar, up to $5,000 per employee, per year. In 2013, the Foundation matched more than $550,000 in Biogen Idec employee gifts.

Learn more about our programs