From 1998 to 2018, Bio-Link was the Next Generation National Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Center of Excellence for Biotechnology and Life Sciences. The National Science Foundation's ATE program was created to improve and expand educational programs that prepare skilled technicians to work in the high-tech fields that drive the U.S. economy. In the summer of 2018, Digital World Biology, a Bio-Link partner for the past 10 years, was awarded an NSF ATE grant to continue managing the Bio-Link.org Community through this website and various communications (the Bio-Link.org newsletter, Facebook page, Twitter, LinkedIn) and others. As a platform for outreach, Bio-Link.org will continue to host the Biotechnology Program and Affiliate pages for its members, along with Courses in a Box and other content. Members will also continue to be able to provide content via blogs, conference presentations, publications, and event postings. Members will be alerted to new content and community activities via the newsletter.
Bio-Link enhances biotechnology education programs by providing cutting edge professional development for instructors, by improving curriculum, by making use of technologies, and by creating a system for sharing information.