Union College's Center for Bioengineering and Computational Biology has been generously funded through a $1.6 million dollar grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute beginning in 2004. Previous funding for development of the curriculum in Bioengineering at Union was provided by an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant "Using Technology to Facilitate Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning".
The development of the Bioengineering Major was supported by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations through a grant of $250,000. The purposes of the grant included: programming/course development, research start up funds for a new faculty hire, new course development, student fellowship support (will happen in year 2 of grant), lab renovations and a summer outreach program. Support for each of these areas has helped to establish a robust bioengineering program. Integrating engineering with the liberal arts is presidential priority, and bioengineering has emerged as an exemplary program.
The program also received some support from an NSF grant "Union College Renovation Project for Faculty and Undergraduate Research Facility" of $900,000 (this program was funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009). This grant funded renovations to the third floor of Union’s Butterfield Hall and established a new Center for Neuroscience with state-of-the-art research laboratories for the core faculty in the program, expanded research opportunities for undergraduate students, increased opportunities for research collaboration, and promoted the sharing of resources. Following closely on the heels of Union’s recent renovations the first two floors of Butterfield for research laboratories for the Center for Bioengineering, this project co-located neuroscience research facilities and also increased synergy with bioengineering by creating a new bioengineering laboratory promoting collaborations between the faculty members in both the neuroscience and the bioengineering programs.
The Bioengineering program has also received support from an anonymous Electrical Engineering alumnus who made a significant contribution to support the Bioengineering Capstone Design course. This contribution provides funding for Bioengineering design projects and equipment on an annual basis.