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.
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.
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
£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.
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.
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.
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.
2ND WAVE ACCESSION
Welcomed 15 new Research Institutions to the NBIC consortium, taking our total to 31 institutions.
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.
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.
WON BBSRC FTMA (FLEXIBLE TALENT MOBILITY ACCOUNT) AWARD
Won funding to facilitate PhD and Research Fellow mobility between academia and industry.
>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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
3RD WAVE ACCESSION
14 new Research Institutions joined the NBIC consortium, bringing us to a total of 45.
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.
FIRST NBIC ANNUAL REPORT PUBLISHED
NBIC’S first Annual Report was released, covering growth and achievements since our inception in December 2017.
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.
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.
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.
>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.
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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