Biogen Idec Foundation: Grants for Science Education

OVERVIEW: The Biogen Idec Foundation prioritizes science education programs and general community causes like culture and homelessness.

IP TAKE: As the corporation continues to grow following a boost in revenue, the foundation also seems to be ramping up giving. Online proposals are accepted from eligible organizations.

PROFILE: The Biogen Idec Foundation is the philanthropic branch of the Cambridge-based drug maker by the same name. It seeks to ignite “a passion for science and discovery, suppor[t] science education initiatives and strength[en] efforts to make science education and science careers accessible to diverse populations.” The foundation funds grant programs in the US and internationally and has an employee-matching program that matches employee donations “up to $25,000 per employee, per year.”

The foundation’s U.S. Grants program only funds projects in “communities in which Biogen has facilities in the U.S. - specifically in Greater Boston and North Carolina” and accepts proposals throughout the year on a quarterly basis following an eligibility quiz. New grantees can apply here. Its International program similarly only funds in locations with Biogen facilities around the world; however, it accepts applications by invitation only.

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