Massachusetts Life Sciences Center announces 2014 – 2015 solicitation for the STEM Equipment and Supplies Grant Program

June 11, 2014

WALTHAM, MA – The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) today announced the launch of the fourth round of an open solicitation for capital grants for public schools for the purchase of life sciences-related equipment and supplies. This year, for the first time, both high schools and middle schools are invited to apply for funding.

Funding from the program will enable the purchase of equipment and supplies to train students in life sciences technology and research and will address a funding gap in capital dollars for public and not-for-profit workforce training and educational institutions. The program also seeks to increase student achievement and student interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), and support the implementation of state STEM standards.

“Continuing to invest in STEM education in our schools will create new jobs and opportunities for the next generation of students and leaders in our economy,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “These investments will allow students to gain more hands-on experience in the classroom, further engaging them in STEM fields that will get them excited about future careers in our innovation industries."

The program has previously awarded more than $8.4 million to high schools throughout Massachusetts and leveraged more than $1 million in matching funds from the life sciences industry.

"Investing in training the next generation of life sciences workers is a critical part of the Center’s mission,” said Susan Windham-Bannister, Ph.D., President & CEO of the MLSC. “We want to create an interest in STEM careers among students all across the state, and at all levels. The Center's investments are both strengthening and diversifying our life sciences workforce in Massachusetts.”

Eligible high schools, as well as community-based organizations that serve such high schools, can apply for up to $100,000 in grant funding. Applicants seeking funding of greater than $100,000 (but no more than $250,000) are required to secure matching funds, in cash or as an in-kind donation, for any amount over $100,000 from an industry partner.

Eligible middle schools, as well as community-based organizations that serve such middle schools, can apply for up to $50,000 in grant funding.

In order to be eligible, applicants must be located in Massachusetts and be one of the following:

  • A vocational technical high school or a comprehensive public high school with an approved vocational technical program;
  • A public high school or middle school located in one of the state’s 26 “Gateway Cities”;
  • A public high school or middle school with a student population of at least 30% that qualify for free and reduced lunch; or
  • A community-based non-profit organization serving schools that meet the above-stated criteria.

Schools and organizations eligible for funding through this program can apply online through the MLSC website (www.masslifesciences.com/programs/equip/).

Applications are due on October 10, 2014.

About the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) is an investment agency that supports life sciences innovation, research, development and commercialization. The MLSC is charged with implementing a 10-year, $1-billion, state-funded investment initiative. These investments create jobs and support advances that improve health and well-being. The MLSC offers the nation’s most comprehensive set of incentives and collaborative programs targeted to the life sciences ecosystem. These programs propel the growth that has made Massachusetts the global leader in life sciences. The MLSC creates new models for collaboration and partners with organizations, both public and private, around the world to promote innovation in the life sciences.

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