Grants & Awards

MassBioEd’s BioTeach program provides a variety of funding and equipment access opportunities to support high school teachers across the region.

Learn about our variety of grants and awards below. If you are not sure which program will best fit your needs, please reach out to 

MassBioEd can only provide a limited number of grants and awards each year, but BioTeach workshops are available to all teachers. Click here to see upcoming workshops.


BioTeach Training & Equipment Grant Program

MassBioEd offers support to regional public high school teachers and their schools through the BioTeach Training & Equipment Grant Program.

This program provides teachers and their schools with lab-based training, in-school mentoring, and customized grant funding to be used for equipment or lab consumables that support life sciences-related laboratory activities. In addition to funding, partner schools will also receive up to two days of on-site personalized mentorship from a BioTeach Instructor.

Learn more about the current grant program and apply here.


BioTeach TOTE Program 

The BioTeach Take Out Training and Equipment (TOTE) Program is a lending program designed for smaller schools and for schools that are just beginning to establish biotechnology lab curriculum. TOTE provides teachers with classroom-ready activities and labs that engage students in biotechnology techniques and investigations. As part of this lending program, a BioTeach Instructor provides in-school and classroom support to partner schools. Our BioTeach Instructors will adapt the activities to meet the needs of each participating class.

TOTE labs cover topics such as: Ÿmicropipette skills, gel electrophoresis, restriction digests, plasmid mapping, PCR, bacterial transformation, and molecular modeling.

Learn more about the TOTE program and register your interest


Joshua Boger Innovative School of the Year

MassBioEd established the Innovative School of the Year Award in 2009 to recognize a BioTeach high school that distinguished itself through exemplary educational programming in the life sciences. Schools are evaluated on the depth and breadth of science educational programs, the effective application of the BioTeach curriculum, and for innovative biotechnology education and career programming to foster curiosity and inspire student interest in life sciences careers. Recipient schools receive $5,000 to purchase equipment and supplies for life sciences education programs and are recognized at the MassBio Annual Meeting Awards Luncheon each March.  The award is supported by a generous gift provided by the Boger Family Foundation.

Past winners include:

  • 2009 – Bellingham High School
  • 2010 – Somerville High School
  • 2011 – Norton High School
  • 2012 – Gloucester High School
  • 2013 – Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
  • 2014 – Barnstable High School
  • 2015 – Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School
  • 2016 – Hingham High School
  • 2017 – Essex Technical High School 

In 2012, the Innovative School of the Year Award was named in honor of Joshua Boger, Ph.D. to recognize his sustained commitment to excellence in science education. Dr. Boger, the founder of Vertex Pharmaceuticals, was a pioneer in the region's industry and is recognized as a champion for science education. 

To learn more about about becoming an Innovative School of the Year, email 


Champions for Biotechnology Education Awards

The Champions for Biotechnology Education Awards Reception, established in 2016, is designed to celebrate teachers, companies, and industry professionals who are champions of biotechnology education in New England.

Awardees are chosen based on their support of, and contributions to, biotechnology-related educational programming in our public schools and advocacy for workforce development. Awardees are recognized at our annual Champions Reception in the fall each year.

The teacher awardee receives a grant that can be used to purchase equipment and supplies for life sciences education programs.

Past winners include:

  • 2016 – Jonathan Shapiro, Brockton High School
  • 2017 – David Enos and Eric Leigh, Gloucester High School 

To learn more about becoming a Champion for Biotechnology Education, email

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