BIST Ignite Programme

Fostering multidisciplinary research among the BIST community

The 2020 call for applications is closed.


The BIST Ignite Programme awards excellent, multidisciplinary projects within the BIST community. Every year we launch a call for BIST Ignite project proposals and select five winners that receive 20.000€ of funding to jumpstart their research collaboration throughout one year. 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 50.000€ of 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, 28 projects have been funded and eight have received BIST Ignite Awards. A total of 910.000€ have been granted and more than 190 researchers have already been involved. One project has received the prestigious “la Caixa” Health Research Grant worth one million euros.

For reference, further details about the 2020 call can be downloaded at the following links.

BIST Ignite Programme Terms & Conditions – 2020
BIST Ignite Programme Evaluation Criteria – 2020
BIST Ignite Programme FAQs – 2020

Success stories

Facts and figures

Figures represent total numbers since programme’s inauguration (2016-2020)

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

2020 Ignite winners

2019 Ignite winners

2018 Ignite winners

BIST centres

Institutional Members of the Board of Trustees