BIST Ignite Programme

Fostering multidisciplinary research among the BIST community


The BIST Ignite Programme awards excellent, multidisciplinary projects within the BIST community. The call is competitive and successful projects always involve new collaborations among researchers within the BIST centres, share knowledge among different scientific fields, and address novel research topics.

An external scientific committee selects the winning teams, who have ten months to develop their ideas. Projects then move to the second phase of the programme, where the two most promising projects receive BIST Ignite Awards, which come with an additional funding to continue research.

The BIST Ignite Programme was established in 2016 to promote new multidisciplinary collaborations and support innovative projects ideas through their first stages of research, preparing them for application to external funding agencies and international success. To date, 33 projects have been funded and 12 have received BIST Ignite Awards. A total of 1,110,000€ have been granted and more than 200 researchers have already been involved. One project has received the prestigious “la Caixa” Health Research Grant worth one million euros.

Details about the current edition call can be downloaded below

BIST Ignite Programme – 7th Edition Call Guideliness

BIST Ignite Programme – 6th Edition Call Guideliness (Award Phase opening on July 1st 2024)

Download the justification templates:
Scientific Report Template
Expense Report Template

The BIST Ignite Programme counts with the support of the Barcelona City Council.

Success stories

Facts and figures

Figures represent total numbers since programme’s inauguration (2016-2022)

Euros granted
Project winners
BIST Ignite Awards
Researchers involved

Contact for further information

For further questions or clarifications about the programme or application and evaluation procedures, please contact us at

BIST centres

Institutional Members of the Board of Trustees