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 20, 2018

    The PHYCONET December 2018 newsletter is now available. This is our last newsletter, as the funding for the PHYCONET network finishes on 31st December. If you would like to be updated about the new Algae-UK network starting in early 2019, please email

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  • November 10, 2018

    Our final annual conference was held at the Wesley Hotel in London on 8-9 November. Attended by 75 delegates, the meeting included presentations from awardees of our various funding schemes – Proof of Concept, Business Interaction Vouchers and IB Seeding

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  • November 8, 2018

    BBSRC has announced, with the support of EPSRC, that £11M is to be committed to funding six Phase II Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (NIBB), and we are delighted that the application submitted by PHYCONET Director Saul Purton, “Algae-UK:

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