The MLSC seeks to further advance and expand life sciences education at Massachusetts public high schools and middle schools through implementation of project and inquiry-based curriculum. This year, MLSC will award grant funding to schools and curriculum providers for the purpose of teacher professional development and the purchase of equipment, materials, supplies, and technology needed to support new or expanded curriculum. Funding will enable schools to educate students in real-world scenarios that will prepare them for career opportunities in the life sciences. Funding for teacher professional development will ensure that educators receive the technical training needed to effectively use newly acquired equipment and technology.
Applicants can request grant funding of up to $200,000 (up to $100,000 per high school and up to $50,000 per middle school) for capital expenses (including equipment, materials, supplies, and technology), and up to $40,000 (up to $20,000 per school) for professional development.
Investments made through this program seek to expand access to STEM equipment, curriculum, and professional development, increase educational equity and help close the achievement and opportunity gaps, train a diverse STEM workforce pipeline, support the implementation of Massachusetts Science, Technology, and Engineering Standards, increase student achievement and interest in STEM, increase awareness of life sciences careers, improve college & career readiness, and leverage partnerships.
Eligibility & Evaluation
Applicants must be at least one of the following:
- Vocational technical high school as determined by Chapter 74 of the General Laws of Massachusetts or a comprehensive public high school with a life sciences Chapter 74 program.
- Public middle schools or high schools (including charter schools) located in one of the following “Gateway Cities” as determined by Section 3A of Chapter 23A of the General Laws of Massachusetts: Attleboro, Barnstable, Brockton, Chelsea, Chicopee, Everett, Fall River, Fitchburg, Haverhill, Holyoke, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, New Bedford, Peabody, Pittsfield, Quincy, Revere, Salem, Springfield, Taunton, and Westfield, and Worcester.
- Public high schools or middle schools (including charter schools) with a student population of at least 25% classified as “economically disadvantaged” by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
- Non-profit curriculum provider, with a presence in Massachusetts, delivering STEM curriculum and teacher professional development to schools that meet any of the above-stated criteria.
For schools belonging to a district, the district must be the applicant and only one application can be submitted per school district. Districts must submit applications that reflect district-wide resource needs and promote curriculum alignment.
Applications will be evaluated based on the ability of the proposed curriculum to support a trained workforce suitable for employment in the life sciences, as well as the education of students wishing to pursue degrees in STEM subjects. Successful proposals will explain how the requested equipment and supplies will create learning opportunities that are aligned with the needs of the life sciences industry. Proposals should explain how the requested equipment and professional development will enable schools to provide curriculum, instruction and student learning experiences that align with Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Learning Standards relevant to the life sciences. The MLSC will consider the qualifications of the team, the ability to meet an educational need within selected school districts, and the budget.
Please review the Solicitation for specific information pertaining to the FY’22 round of the program.
The deadline to apply is March 31, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.
Application Preview (for districts/schools)
Application Preview (for curriculum providers)
Annual Report Template (for schools/districts)
Annual Report Template (for curriculum providers)
Impact on the Ecosystem
The MLSC has invested more than $18 million in equipment and professional development funding in over 200 high schools and middle schools throughout Massachusetts, and has leveraged more than $1 million in cash and in-kind matching funds from industry partners. Nearly 90 schools also received funding to support teacher professional development related to curriculum implementation and equipment training.
MLSC funding has served schools in 13 of the 14 Massachusetts counties and 25 of the 26 Gateway Cities. Moreover, more than half of students attending eligible schools have gained access to new equipment and nearly 30 percent of all Massachusetts public school students attend a school that has received an MLSC grant.
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