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Manuel Palacín (IRB Barcelona) and Pau Ballester (ICIQ), Ignite awardees, with Miquel A. Pericàs, general director of BIST (Image: BIST).

BIST awards the first five Ignite multidisciplinary projects

In the framework of the BIST Founding Conference –held last Friday at the Center for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona– the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST) –located at the Barcelona Science Park– announced the five winning proposals for the 1st BIST Ignite call. The program takes place in two phases: in the first, the selected projects will receive 20,000€ each. By the end of 2017, the two projects with the highest potential will be selected to receive additional funding of 50,000€.


Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016, opened the BIST Founding Conference in front of 300 participants including leading scientists from the six BIST’s centers (CRG, IRB Barcelona, ICN2,ICIQ, ICFO and IFAE) and invited speakers from top research centers around the world. The meeting continued with a series of dialogues in the four areas that BIST has identified as strategic for the development of multidisciplinary projects: chemical biology, graphene, big data andmicroscopy.

During the conference, BIST announced the five winning proposals of the first BIST Ignite call, an initiative to promote multidisciplinary research through the collaboration of diverse teams from BIST centres and external ones.The proposals CALIX4TRANS, a collaboration between Pau Ballester (ICIQ) and Manuel Palacín (IRB Barcelona), and GENSTORM, a collaboration between Marie Victoire Neguembor (CRG) and Pablo Dans Puiggros (in Modesto Orozco’s laboratory at IRB Barcelona) are among the winning projects.

The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST) –founded in January 2015at the Barcelona Science Park (PCB)– is a scientific initiative of six of Catalonia’s research centers of excellence with the aim to increase he impact of Catalan research and to position itself among the main European scientific institutes. The institute comprises the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), the Institute for High Energy Physics (IFAE) and the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), based at PCB. 

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