Delivering Breakthrough Science & Technologies

The National Biofilms Innovation Centre is an Innovation Knowledge Centre (IKC), funded jointly by BBSRC, Innovate UK and the Hartree Centre.

BBSRC

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council is a UK Research Council and NDPB and is the largest UK public funder of non-medical bioscience.

Innovate UK

Innovate UK is the operating name of the Technology Strategy Board, the UK’s innovation agency. It is a UK non-departmental public body operating at arm’s length from the Government reporting to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Hartree Centre

The Hartree Centre is a high performance computing and data analytics research facility that is part of the Science and Technology Facilities Council. Formerly one of the UK Research Councils, STFC is part of United Kingdom Research and Innovation.

Our Key Achievements So Far

December 2017

NBIC Established

£26m investment from BBSRC, Innovate UK and the Hartree Centre with additional funding from industry and the support of 4 core Partner Universities: Southampton, Nottingham, Liverpool and Edinburgh.

February 2018

CONTRIBUTED TO KTN WORKSHOP

NBIC attended and contributed to a KTN workshop on identifying and prioritising industrial challenges and solutions in controlling and exploiting biofilms.

May 2018

PARTNER MEETING & 1ST WAVE ACCESSION

Partner Meeting in York brought together representatives from research institutions interested in joining NBIC. 12 new Research Institutions join the NBIC consortium, bringing us to a total of 16.

June 2018

FIRST PROOF OF CONCEPT CALL LAUNCHED

First ever call for projects tackling biofilms launched in the UK – open to all members of the NBIC consortium and industry collaborators.

August 2018

2ND WAVE ACCESSION

Welcomed 15 new Research Institutions to the NBIC consortium, taking our total to 31 institutions.

September 2018

DETECT NBIC WORKSHOP & THEORY OF CHANGE ESTABLISHED

First cross-sectorial workshop on one of NBIC’s 4 key strategic themes, DETECT, was held in Birmingham, with 70 delegates from academia and industry coming together to discuss unmet needs.

Our aims for the next 5 years were established in a comprehensive Theory of Change model, with the ultimate long-term goal of increasing the UK economy.

October 2018

FUNDING OF 25 NEW PROJECTS & GOING INTERNATIONAL

NBIC invested £1.4m – averaging £50k per project – to 25 new projects from the first POC Call – the total project value, with company investment, amounting to approx. £2.1m.

NBIC launched at the American Society for Microbiology in Washington, and visited the Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE) at Montana State University – where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed – declaring to work together, partake in student exchanges and knowledge transfer.

November 2018

WON BBSRC FTMA (FLEXIBLE TALENT MOBILITY ACCOUNT) AWARD

Won funding to facilitate PhD and Research Fellow mobility between academia and industry.

December 2018

>60 BUSINESSES AND INDUSTRY COLLABORATORS TO DATE

From large multinationals to SMEs, NBIC continues to grow in its mission to control and exploit biofilms by bringing research and industry together.

January 2019

FIRST NETWORKING EVENT HELD IN EDINBURGH

We hosted our first ever Networking Event in Edinburgh to bring together all NBIC Research Fellows, Co-Directors and the Operations Team.

March 2019

MOU SIGNED WITH SCELSE IN SINGAPORE

We signed an MOU with SCELSE to address global biofilm challenges through collaborative projects and student and staff exchanges; we also formed a close partnership with the Singapore National Biofilms Consortium (SNBC), led by SCELSE, to further commercial opportunities and drive technological advancements.

April 2019

BIOFILM ENGINEERING WORKSHOP HELD, SECOND PROOF OF CONCEPT CALL LAUNCHED & RECEIVED INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP AWARD

Our workshop on Biofilm Engineering was held in Edinburgh, bringing together over 85 delegates from academia and industry to discuss and identify unmet needs and facilitate collaborations.

Our second Proof of Concept Call was launched – open to all members of the NBIC consortium and industry collaborators.

We were also awarded £10k by BBSRC to host an international symposium on ‘Microbes and Metals’.

May 2019

FIRST ANNUAL RESEARCH SUMMIT & INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD ENDORSEMENT

The first NBIC Annual Research Summit was held at The Royal Society, where our researchers showcased their work and we received endorsement from ISAB regarding our research strategy.

NBIC launched its Public Engagement & Outreach Grant to provide funds up to £500 to support biofilm-related activities on an ongoing basis.

June 2019

3RD WAVE ACCESSION

14 new Research Institutions joined the NBIC consortium, bringing us to a total of 45.

July 2019

 SECOND PROOF OF CONCEPT CALL PROJECTS AWARDED & FLEXIBLE TALENT MOBILITY AWARDS LAUNCHED

A further 26 projects awarded funding, bringing the total number of projects to 51 and a total investment of £2.79m from NBIC, with an overall project value of £4.05m.

BBSRC NBIC Flexible Talent Mobility Awards (FTMA) launched to support the exchange of personnel, perspectives and knowledge, skills and expertise between the academic and industrial sectors via Innovation Placements and Innovation Fellowships.

August 2019

 FIRST NBIC ANNUAL REPORT PUBLISHED

NBIC’S first Annual Report was released, covering growth and achievements since our inception in December 2017.

September 2019

 EUROBIOFILMS 2019 AND BIOFILM ONTOLOGY PUBLISHED

NBIC proudly sponsored, exhibited and ran several sessions at Eurobifilms 2019 in Glasgow.

The first of its kind – a Biofilm Ontology map – was made available online. This was developed in consultation with ~80 UK researchers across academia and industry to document how thinking and dialogue is organised around biofilms.

October 2019

 NBIC AWARDED 3 MORE YEARS OF FUNDING

NBIC was successfully awarded a further 3 years of funding after a rigorous review of its first 2 years by our funders, the BBSRC and Innovate UK, citing outstanding progress and the impact made to date.

November 2019

 NEW WEBSITE LAUNCHED

Launched a brand new website in our refreshed brand and design to reflect all that NBIC stands for and has to offer.

Hosted our first Software Sustainability Workshop.

We also hosted an International Workshop on Microbe-Metal interactions.

December 2019

>100 INDUSTRY COLLABORATORS

NBIC continues to grow in its mission to control and exploit biofilms by bringing research and industry together, with plans to connect with even more businesses and build academic partnerships with a 4th Wave Accession in early 2020.

January 2020

 THIRD PROOF OF CONCEPT CALL LAUNCHED, 4TH WAVE ACCESSION & SECOND NETWORKING EVENT

Launched our third Proof of Concept Call – open to all members of the NBIC consortium and industry collaborators – with plans to award a further 20 projects in tackling biofilms.

In our 4th Wave Accession, 8 new Research Institutions joined the NBIC consortium, bringing us to a total of 53 institutions.

Held our second annual Networking Event, this time in Southampton, welcoming our first cohort of BITE PhD students.

 

 

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