The MDI Biological Laboratory will receive the grant over a span of five years.
The money will help continue the Maine INBRE, or Idea Network of Biological Research Excellence, program.
INBRE has created a network between 13 colleges and research institutions across the state, giving students real life experience.
"The kid of hands on experience that students are going to get at the lab will encourage them to pursue careers in Maine. It will help keep them in Maine," says US Senator Susan Collins.
Adds former student and current research assistant at the Jackson Laboratory, Yuka Takamon, "It's been really helpful to get this grant because this has really helped me actually just introduce me to the bio-medical field as a student and actually transition directly into a job."
Since 2001, about 2,000 students have taken part in INBRE and more than 100 new jobs have been created in the state.