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Basic Science Leads the Way to Discovery and Knowledge

The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is a leader in advancing groundbreaking scientific discovery. The MBL is the catalyst for fundamental breakthroughs that improve our understanding of life and the environment. These breakthroughs have a positive impact on the human condition and our ability to understand climate change. 

The MBL is the original think tank, the national laboratory for biology, and a crossroads for the life sciences. Our brand of pedagogy – learning by doing – is so powerful because it brings together the best scientific minds in a creative atmosphere. 

Your support is an essential part of what makes the MBL unique, building and sustaining world-renowned research and education programs. 

Annual Fund

Strengthen our capacity for future growth

Unlike other forms of philanthropy, Annual Fund gifts are unrestricted, allowing your gift to go to work immediately to support and enhance the MBL’s core programs.

Give to the annual fund

Sponsor an MBL Falmouth Road Race Runner

Twenty incredible MBL employees, scientists, and resident faculty will lace up their running shoes and represent the Marine Biological Laboratory as Team MBL in the renowned Falmouth Road Race on August 18th.

Your tax-deductible gift of $1,500 will sponsor one teammate, but donations are all pooled to support Team MBL and no amount is too small! Support Team MBL today! Your sponsorship is an investment in the MBL - where we gather scientists and students from around the world to answer biology’s biggest questions. Funds raised will directly support the Lab. 

Sponsor a Runner

Alumni Fund

Help students grow into productive researchers and teachers

Thousands of scientists around the globe attribute their inspiration to the MBL’s life-changing, career-launching courses. Your gift to the Alumni Fund helps the MBL’s scientific courses, workshops, and internships make a real difference in the world.

Give to the Alumni Fund

Discovery Fund

The MBL DISCOVERY FUND supports ALL research and education at the MBL, strengthening every aspect of our mission. It provides tuition support, course materials, and laboratory supplies for the many students and faculty participating in MBL courses each year. The Discovery Fund supports the MBL’s resident research centers, Whitman scientists, and a wide range of Fellowships—supplementing grants, investments, and other funding sources.

Learn more about the Discovery Fund

Planned Giving

Provide support to the MBL for a vital future

Planned giving options -- including bequests, life income gifts, and real estate or retirement plan asset gifts -- offer special advantages, such as increased tax benefits or an income stream.

Learn more about Planned Giving Options

Memorial and Tribute Gifts

Honor someone special to you by supporting the MBL mission

A tribute or memorial donation is a meaningful way to help the MBL advance scientific knowledge for the benefit of humankind.

Give a Memorial or Tribute Gift

Naming Opportunities

Publicly demonstrate your ongoing support of MBL’s mission

The MBL has many attractive naming opportunities to support our programs in perpetuitylike Endowed Scholarships and Fellowships.

Learn more about Naming Opportunities