Biogen Idec Transformational Grants in Science Education fund innovative science programs serving middle and high school students, primarily those from diverse and underserved backgrounds.
North Carolina Biotech Center
In 2009, the Biogen Idec Foundation awarded a $1 million grant over five years to the North Carolina Biotechnology Center to support the expansion of the center’s educational training facility for K-12 science teachers. Since 1992, more than 1,400 K-12 science teachers have attended biotechnology-educator training programs at the center, and more than 90 percent of attendees have used biotechnology-based lesson plans following their workshops.
Contemporary Science Center in Research Triangle Park, NC
In 2008, the Biogen Idec Foundation provided a $60,000 grant to build and outfit a science lab at the Contemporary Science Center, a nonprofit science center that provides real-life, hands-on science experiences to students.
East End House, Cambridge, MA
In 2008, the Foundation awarded a $300,000 grant over three years to the East End House in Cambridge, MA, for the GENASAS (Generating and Evaluating New Adventures in Science After School) program, which focuses on engaging middle school students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.