BIST awards three multidisciplinary projects for the Ignite Program’s second phase

By January 17, 2018BIST, CRG, ICFO, ICIQ, ICN2, IFAE, IRB Barcelona

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The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology has awarded three outstanding multidisciplinary projects within the BIST Community with grants to continue the projects they began developing through the Ignite Program’s first phase in 2017.

All of the winners of this second phase of the inaugural BIST Ignite Program contribute significantly to the scientific landscape: The design of an innovative retinal prosthesis, a new methodology to study and model the organization and functions of genes in the cell nucleus, and the characterization of new catalysts that allow separation of oxygen and hydrogen from water.

The winners are:

THEIA (“Towards the implementation of a multi-electrode array for retinal prosthesis”), led by Pablo Loza-Álvarez of ICFO, José Antonio Garrido of ICN2, and Mokhtar Chmeissani of IFAE.

GenStorm (“An integrated approach to visualize and model the spatial conformation of genes at the nanoscale level”), led by Marie Victoire Neguembor of CRG and Pablo Dans Puiggrós of IRB Barcelona.

InWOC (“In-situ atomic resolution transmission electron microscopy of heterogeneous water oxidation catalysts”), led by José-Ramón Galán-Mascarós of ICIQ and Jordi Arbiol of ICN2.

These projects were chosen from the eight that were awarded a BIST Ignite grant during the first phase at the beginning of last year. All eight projects were developed over the course of 2017 and presented their results, as well as their plans for further research, to a selection panel at the end of 2017. Based on this, the top three projects were chosen and given another grant to continue their work. Due to the high quality of the results obtained by all eight teams however, the selection was not easy. In the words of the Panel members, “it was tough not recommending all the projects for funding”.

BIST congratulates the three winners of the second phase of the inaugural BIST Ignite Program. We are eager to follow the progress of these projects!

More about the BIST Ignite Program:

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 funds that have been awarded to the projects in the first edition of the BIST Ignite Program total 300,000 €. More information can be found here.



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