BBSRC advice for IB Catalyst applicants

Please also consult the BBSRC IB Catalyst website for further details.

  • Please indicate whether you are a member of a BBSRC NIBB in your application, whether membership in the NIBB directly influenced the proposal, and if you have applied for/been awarded PoC or BIV funding.
  • Use the guidance documents.
  • Seek advice on scope from IB Catalyst coordinator.
  • Ensure activities and integration of all partners are well articulated in the proposal.
  • Consider carefully the ELSI and ensure they are reflected in the risk register.
  • Project management should be clear – include project manager if appropriate.
  • Be clear on Freedom to operate and IP.
  • If using non-UK partner, justify why.


Please note the new rule on PI eligibility (from Round 3 onwards):

  • The number of IB Catalyst Early Stage Translation Awards that a PI can hold will be limited to one grant at any one time.
  • If a PI is in the final year of their IB Catalyst Early Stage Translation Award, they may apply for a further award.
  • Rule has been implemented by the IB Catalyst Management Board to focus PIs on delivering the outcomes of their IB Catalyst grants. PIs can hold concurrent awards from the other streams.







Phyconet News

  • December 7, 2017

    The PHYCONET November 2017 newsletter is now available. If you would like to receive the next newsletter direct to your inbox, please join us by completing the short form on the Membership page.

  • Congratulations to Attila Molnar (The University of Edinburgh), whose PHYCONET-funded PoC project results have been published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The article, “Efficient targeted DNA editing and replacement in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii using Cpf1 ribonucleoproteins

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  • A 2-day PHYCONET sponsored workshop titled “Expressing transgenes in Chlamydomonas and Phaeodactylum” was led by Payam Mehrshahi and Katrin Geisler (University of Cambridge) between 29-30 November.  As part of this workshop, eight enthusiastic algae biotechnologists were introduced to different transformation methods and the basics

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