The goals of the BIST Ignite Program are to promote the initiation of new collaborations among the BIST researchers, facilitating the exchange of knowledge among different scientific fields and exploring new approaches to address complex questions.
The projects must be aimed at exploring new questions and technological challenges through novel multidisciplinary approaches, exchanging knowledge across disciplines, exposing researchers to multidisciplinary environments, and providing new insights to push the collaboration further.
The BIST Ignite program is based on a two-stage funding scheme, composed of two progressive calls:
1. The first “seeding” stage is an open internal call for project ideas. From this initial call, 5 project ideas will be selected every year to be funded with 20.000€ each, and researchers will have 8 months to develop them. Previous winners can be found in the right hand menu of this page.
2. The second stage has an exploratory nature and consists of an additional award of 50.000€/12 months, for the 2 best projects out of the 5 selected during the first stage.
The project proposals must involve at least two groups working at different BIST centers and have a multidisciplinary approach to solve new or unsolved questions, promoting the cross-fertilization across disciplines, and providing new insights to give an impulse to further push the collaboration forward.
The 2017 BIST Ignite Call is open from October 20, 2017 to January 15, 2018.