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Biogen Foundation’s Power of STEM Grants

The Biogen Foundation’s Ignite the Power of STEM Grants Program supports teachers and schools in Massachusetts and North Carolina to help them bring hands-on science programming to their students. Individual teachers may apply for up to $2,000.  Schools may apply for up to $5,000.  The application cycle runs October 15th through January 15th.

Program Requirements and Considerations

Biogen Foundation will award $135,000 in grants in the 2016-17 cycle of the Ignite the Power of STEM program for North Carolina. In the program’s inaugural statewide launch in North Carolina last year, 34 grants totaling $125,000 were awarded to teachers, schools and nonprofits across the state. Winning proposals ranged from a ground-breaking STEM program for disabled students through the Science House at NC State, to an economically disadvantaged county partnering with the NC School of Science and Math, to desperately needed science equipment for rural and inner-city schools across NC.  In many of these schools, 90-100% of students receive free or reduced lunch services.

Eligibility

This program will accept applications from:

·         Full-time professional personnel from K-12 public and charter schools located in North Carolina

o    Only one (1) teacher grant application and one (1) school grant application per school

o    Private schools are not eligible. Colleges/universities and other nonprofit organizations are no longer eligible.

Preference will be given to 2016 Bridging the Gap STEM education conference registrants and attendees.

NOTE: Applicants for this program can be located anywhere in NC and are not limited to the affiliate counties of NCCF.

Priority Programs and Projects

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

·         Are innovative and promote new 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

·         Are likely to be sustainable after the initial grant period ends

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.

Timeline

·         Applications will be accepted from October 15, 2016 through 5 p.m. on January 15, 2017. Late applications will not be considered.

·         All applicants will be notified of committee decisions.

·         Grants will be awarded by mid-March and are to be expended by December 31, 2017.

·         Grants awarded are one-time distributions; however, grantees may re-apply in subsequent years.

·         Grantees 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!

Applying to the Ignite the Power of STEM grant program

All applications must be submitted electronically, using the NC Community Foundation’s online grant system.  Below you will find instructions for how to do so, and a link to our online system.  Be sure to read these instructions carefully before you begin.

1.    First, you must create an account profile.  For assistance with creating your account, please click here to view the module I training slides.

2.    Once your profile is created, you will be directed to your dashboard.  Click on the word “Apply” in the upper left-hand corner. For step by step instructions on completing an application, please click here to view module II.

3.    You will arrive at a page with information about applying for a grant from NCCF.  In the upper right-hand corner, you will see an “Access Code” box.  In that box, type the word: igniteNC.  Then, click on the Enter Code button.  NOTE: The Access Code is case-sensitive.

4.    The page will refresh, and a link to the online portal, titled “Biogen Foundation: Ignite the Power of STEM in NC,” will appear.  Click on that link to access the application form.

5.    A printer-friendly version of the questions is available to you once you have set up an account and entered the portal for this program.

If you have questions about the program, contact Christopher Fipps atcfipps@nccommunityfoundation.org or Leslie Ann Jackson at lajackson@nccommunityfoundation.org.

If you have technical questions regarding accessing and using the system, contact D’Wayne Wilkins at dwilkins@nccommunityfoundation.org.

Ready to Apply?

Click Here to access our online system.  The system will open on October 15, 2016.

About Heather Mullins

Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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