National Biofilms Innovation Centre

Lead Research Organisation: University of Southampton
Department Name: Sch of Biological Sciences

Abstract

The University of Southampton will receive the award on behalf of the lead institutions of the NBIC consortium (University of Southampton, University of Liverpool, University of Nottingham and the University of Edinburgh). The University of Southampton will also be responsible for the disbursement of funds to the lead institutions of the NBIC consortium. The Grant Holder will be Jeremy Webb (Principle Investigator, Corresponding) on behalf of the NBIC Consortium lead investigators Jeremy Webb (Southampton), Rasmita Raval (Liverpool), Cait MacPhee (Edinburgh) and Miguel Camara (Nottingham)".
Biofilms are central to some of the most urgent global challenges and exert considerable economic impact across industry sectors. They are a leading cause of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), forecast to cost $100tn in world GDP and 10m deaths by 2050. Biofilms are the major cause of chronic infections, costing the NHS £2bn p.a. Contamination, energy losses and damage by biofilms impact on the £70bn UK foods industry, the $2.8 trillion consumer products sector, and $117bn global coatings industry. Biofilm management is essential to deliver clean and globally sustainable drinking water and food security.
The National Biofilms Innovation Centre (NBIC) will deliver a future where biofilms can be effectively controlled and harnessed, increasing value for the companies we work with, and providing pathways to impact for world-class research across the UK. NBIC will bring UK companies from across the industrial sectors around the table with the best of UK biofilm research to accelerate the adoption of new technologies into company products and services. Where companies are not ready to take an opportunity to market, we will provide world class entrepreneurial training to maximise the success of our spin outs
NBIC will provide a focus for industry partners to access biofilm research across the UK, simplifying knowledge transfer and catalysing collaboration. Working with industry, NBIC ll produce sector roadmaps, identifying the unmet needs of the sectors, and the key scientific, commercial, technical and regulatory barriers to meet them. The roadmaps will provide a key context for the evolution of the NBIC science strategy.
NBIC will leverage existing investments in research, facilities and people to address near and long term industrial and societal challenges and to establish a pathway for the accelerated adoption of new biofilm innovations and technologies, whilst significantly promoting the expansion of a highly trained researcher workforce in this field.
We will develop the next generation of leaders in biofilms with bespoke scientific, entrepreneurial and leadership training, and we will undertake International exchanges of students and staff with SCELSE biofilms centre in Singapore. We will engage with all of the university doctoral colleges with a view to submitting a bid to the 2019 DTP call.
We will draw on the considerable outreach and engagement experience of the NBIC partners to share and develop tailored events and activities suitable for primary and secondary schools, CPD for teachers, science festivals, youth groups and community-based organisations throughout the UK.

Technical Summary

Technical Summary
NBIC will work across 4 strategic themes to prevent, detect, manage and engineer biofilms, capitalising on world-class underpinning research to address sectoral challenges identified with our industry partners. NBIC will work with industry, regulators, funders and policymakers, and engage the public in a two-way dialogue to refine the research and industrial strategy agenda, shape public funding initiatives and determine strategy for industrial pre- and post-competitive research.
The strategy and remit of the 4 themes are as follows:
PREVENT: Prevention of early stage microbial adhesion and colonisation events at surfaces. Advanced techniques to create next-generation biofilm prevention strategies.
DETECT: Accurate, quantitative biofilm detection and metrology across multiple scales through innovative sensing, tracking and diagnostic technologies. Identify and exploit new and known biofilm-specific biomarkers.
MANAGE: To kill, remove or control established biofilms by understanding and exploiting their life cycle dynamics and development across a range of environments and levels of complexity.
ENGINEER: Harness the benefits of complex microbial consortia from knowledge of their composition, function, ecology and evolution. Exploit biofilm understanding at the interface with engineering and process applications.
CROSS-CUTTING THEME: PREDICTIVE MODELLING. This theme will exploit our expertise in computational and mathematical tools for understanding, modelling and simulating biological and physical processes and activities of biofilms.
By addressing the scientific challenges and strategy outlined above, NBIC will help companies create value by benefiting from biofilms or by addressing the challenges that they face caused by biofilms.

Planned Impact

Impact summary

The National Biofilms Innovation Centre will bring together academic researchers from multiple disciplines; facilitate existing academic/industry collaborations where relevant and appropriate; broker new interactions between the academic research base and industry; and draw upon world-class underpinning bioscience to address unmet industry needs. NBIC will create the world's premier centre for biofilms training and research, and ensure its translation into capacity building and innovation.

NBIC will engage with industry by facilitating knowledge integration and capacity building. NBIC will be a single point of call for companies with challenges that relate to biofilm technologies, whether the challenge is to prevent (e.g. in human health applications), detect (e.g. in potable water systems), manage (e.g. in wastewater treatment plants) or engineer (e.g. in industrial biotechnology applications). Given this wide field of potential sectors, NBIC will draw on and facilitate links with all relevant disciplines across the physical, life, medical and social sciences. The goal is bidirectional: to ensure the maximum impact of world-class underpinning science, as well as respond directly to unmet industry needs. NBIC will achieve this by: establishing sector-specific roadmaps to educate and influence the academic base; the allocation of joint academic/industry collaborative funding; provision of entrepreneurial training for early career researchers and established academics; and the organisation of multiple different types of events, all designed to enrich relationships between Universities and companies.

Market analysis indicates that the formation, control, removal or use of biofilm technology has a global impact on economic activity of $5,000bn. Fundamental scientific breakthroughs remain to be made, and the purpose of NBIC is to form a UK-wide collaborative community best able to make these breakthroughs, and ensure their translation into products, services, devices, materials and protocols that will benefit the general public.

By delivering a coherent national response to the challenges in biofilms research, NBIC will increase the efficiency and impact of the research across the UK for all the academics that work with it.

We will create value for the companies we work with by placing at the heart of our research strategy, solving their problems and helping them access new opportunities.

By providing companies and society with new tools to prevent, detect, manage and engineer biofilms we will significantly reduce the harm that they cause and improve clinical outcomes from persistent infections and biofilm related disease.

We will develop the next generation of leaders in biofilms with bespoke scientific, entrepreneurial and leadership training, and we will undertake International exchanges of students and staff with SCELSE biofilms centre in Singapore. We will engage with all of the university doctoral colleges with a view to submitting a bid to the 2019 BBSRC DTP call.

We will draw on the considerable outreach and engagement experience of the NBIC partners to share and develop tailored events and activities suitable for primary and secondary schools, CPD for teachers, science festivals, youth groups and community-based organisations throughout the UK.

Organisations

Publications

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Title Science Ceilidh 
Description Science Ceilidh-biofilms formation, shows how microbiomes formed into biofioms. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact It allows participants and viewers to have a more direct understanding of biofilms formation and how they are different from normal individual microbiomes, and how physics might be able to tackle the issue. 
URL http://www.scienceceilidh.com/physics
 
Description National Biofilms Innovation Centre NBIC Flexible Talent Mobility Account
Amount £200,000 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/S508020/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2018 
End 03/2021
 
Description 3M collaborative research project 
Organisation 3M
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Confidential
Collaborator Contribution Confidential
Impact Ongoing research
Start Year 2018
 
Description National Biofilm Innovation Centre 
Organisation Cardiff University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution 1) Sectorial workshops with NBIC Company / Academic Community. This gives the opportunity to form links and possible POC projects to be identified. 2) Holding Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. This gives the opportunity to influence NBIC strategy and funding calls. 3) Identifying NBIC fully or part funded Strategic Research (Defined by Sectorial Workshops and approved by Boards). 4) Providing access to POC calls aligned with NBIC Strategy along with Industrial Partner via Sector or Theme. Competitive transparent Open Process Univ signed up to NBIC with companies willing to sign Project Agreement. Selected using range of criteria within a template case. Support in POC submissions and advice from NBIC engagement officers 5) Facilitating collaborative Access to facilities (eg Diamond / Hartree) (Note Science and Industrial Advisory Boards will have regular review and input into these processes and content of themes etc)
Collaborator Contribution 1) Participation in Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. 2) Application to the NBIC Proof of Concept funding for translational research projects 3) Application to studentships and placements with industrial partners
Impact NBIC has awarded 26 Proof of Concept projects, these projects are with the academic partners lists and industry collaborators. We have held one workshop (Biofilm detection), also see publications. The National Biofilms innovation centre is working across disciplines, including: engineering, chemistry, surface and interface science, functional materials, soft matter and non-equilibrium physics, environmental sciences, microbiology, 'omics, bioinformatics, computation and advanced techniques.
Start Year 2018
 
Description National Biofilm Innovation Centre 
Organisation Imperial College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution 1) Sectorial workshops with NBIC Company / Academic Community. This gives the opportunity to form links and possible POC projects to be identified. 2) Holding Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. This gives the opportunity to influence NBIC strategy and funding calls. 3) Identifying NBIC fully or part funded Strategic Research (Defined by Sectorial Workshops and approved by Boards). 4) Providing access to POC calls aligned with NBIC Strategy along with Industrial Partner via Sector or Theme. Competitive transparent Open Process Univ signed up to NBIC with companies willing to sign Project Agreement. Selected using range of criteria within a template case. Support in POC submissions and advice from NBIC engagement officers 5) Facilitating collaborative Access to facilities (eg Diamond / Hartree) (Note Science and Industrial Advisory Boards will have regular review and input into these processes and content of themes etc)
Collaborator Contribution 1) Participation in Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. 2) Application to the NBIC Proof of Concept funding for translational research projects 3) Application to studentships and placements with industrial partners
Impact NBIC has awarded 26 Proof of Concept projects, these projects are with the academic partners lists and industry collaborators. We have held one workshop (Biofilm detection), also see publications. The National Biofilms innovation centre is working across disciplines, including: engineering, chemistry, surface and interface science, functional materials, soft matter and non-equilibrium physics, environmental sciences, microbiology, 'omics, bioinformatics, computation and advanced techniques.
Start Year 2018
 
Description National Biofilm Innovation Centre 
Organisation James Hutton Institute
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution 1) Sectorial workshops with NBIC Company / Academic Community. This gives the opportunity to form links and possible POC projects to be identified. 2) Holding Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. This gives the opportunity to influence NBIC strategy and funding calls. 3) Identifying NBIC fully or part funded Strategic Research (Defined by Sectorial Workshops and approved by Boards). 4) Providing access to POC calls aligned with NBIC Strategy along with Industrial Partner via Sector or Theme. Competitive transparent Open Process Univ signed up to NBIC with companies willing to sign Project Agreement. Selected using range of criteria within a template case. Support in POC submissions and advice from NBIC engagement officers 5) Facilitating collaborative Access to facilities (eg Diamond / Hartree) (Note Science and Industrial Advisory Boards will have regular review and input into these processes and content of themes etc)
Collaborator Contribution 1) Participation in Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. 2) Application to the NBIC Proof of Concept funding for translational research projects 3) Application to studentships and placements with industrial partners
Impact NBIC has awarded 26 Proof of Concept projects, these projects are with the academic partners lists and industry collaborators. We have held one workshop (Biofilm detection), also see publications. The National Biofilms innovation centre is working across disciplines, including: engineering, chemistry, surface and interface science, functional materials, soft matter and non-equilibrium physics, environmental sciences, microbiology, 'omics, bioinformatics, computation and advanced techniques.
Start Year 2018
 
Description National Biofilm Innovation Centre 
Organisation Liverpool John Moores University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution 1) Sectorial workshops with NBIC Company / Academic Community. This gives the opportunity to form links and possible POC projects to be identified. 2) Holding Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. This gives the opportunity to influence NBIC strategy and funding calls. 3) Identifying NBIC fully or part funded Strategic Research (Defined by Sectorial Workshops and approved by Boards). 4) Providing access to POC calls aligned with NBIC Strategy along with Industrial Partner via Sector or Theme. Competitive transparent Open Process Univ signed up to NBIC with companies willing to sign Project Agreement. Selected using range of criteria within a template case. Support in POC submissions and advice from NBIC engagement officers 5) Facilitating collaborative Access to facilities (eg Diamond / Hartree) (Note Science and Industrial Advisory Boards will have regular review and input into these processes and content of themes etc)
Collaborator Contribution 1) Participation in Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. 2) Application to the NBIC Proof of Concept funding for translational research projects 3) Application to studentships and placements with industrial partners
Impact NBIC has awarded 26 Proof of Concept projects, these projects are with the academic partners lists and industry collaborators. We have held one workshop (Biofilm detection), also see publications. The National Biofilms innovation centre is working across disciplines, including: engineering, chemistry, surface and interface science, functional materials, soft matter and non-equilibrium physics, environmental sciences, microbiology, 'omics, bioinformatics, computation and advanced techniques.
Start Year 2018
 
Description National Biofilm Innovation Centre 
Organisation Manchester Metropolitan University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution 1) Sectorial workshops with NBIC Company / Academic Community. This gives the opportunity to form links and possible POC projects to be identified. 2) Holding Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. This gives the opportunity to influence NBIC strategy and funding calls. 3) Identifying NBIC fully or part funded Strategic Research (Defined by Sectorial Workshops and approved by Boards). 4) Providing access to POC calls aligned with NBIC Strategy along with Industrial Partner via Sector or Theme. Competitive transparent Open Process Univ signed up to NBIC with companies willing to sign Project Agreement. Selected using range of criteria within a template case. Support in POC submissions and advice from NBIC engagement officers 5) Facilitating collaborative Access to facilities (eg Diamond / Hartree) (Note Science and Industrial Advisory Boards will have regular review and input into these processes and content of themes etc)
Collaborator Contribution 1) Participation in Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. 2) Application to the NBIC Proof of Concept funding for translational research projects 3) Application to studentships and placements with industrial partners
Impact NBIC has awarded 26 Proof of Concept projects, these projects are with the academic partners lists and industry collaborators. We have held one workshop (Biofilm detection), also see publications. The National Biofilms innovation centre is working across disciplines, including: engineering, chemistry, surface and interface science, functional materials, soft matter and non-equilibrium physics, environmental sciences, microbiology, 'omics, bioinformatics, computation and advanced techniques.
Start Year 2018
 
Description National Biofilm Innovation Centre 
Organisation Newcastle University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution 1) Sectorial workshops with NBIC Company / Academic Community. This gives the opportunity to form links and possible POC projects to be identified. 2) Holding Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. This gives the opportunity to influence NBIC strategy and funding calls. 3) Identifying NBIC fully or part funded Strategic Research (Defined by Sectorial Workshops and approved by Boards). 4) Providing access to POC calls aligned with NBIC Strategy along with Industrial Partner via Sector or Theme. Competitive transparent Open Process Univ signed up to NBIC with companies willing to sign Project Agreement. Selected using range of criteria within a template case. Support in POC submissions and advice from NBIC engagement officers 5) Facilitating collaborative Access to facilities (eg Diamond / Hartree) (Note Science and Industrial Advisory Boards will have regular review and input into these processes and content of themes etc)
Collaborator Contribution 1) Participation in Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. 2) Application to the NBIC Proof of Concept funding for translational research projects 3) Application to studentships and placements with industrial partners
Impact NBIC has awarded 26 Proof of Concept projects, these projects are with the academic partners lists and industry collaborators. We have held one workshop (Biofilm detection), also see publications. The National Biofilms innovation centre is working across disciplines, including: engineering, chemistry, surface and interface science, functional materials, soft matter and non-equilibrium physics, environmental sciences, microbiology, 'omics, bioinformatics, computation and advanced techniques.
Start Year 2018
 
Description National Biofilm Innovation Centre 
Organisation Nottingham Trent University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution 1) Sectorial workshops with NBIC Company / Academic Community. This gives the opportunity to form links and possible POC projects to be identified. 2) Holding Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. This gives the opportunity to influence NBIC strategy and funding calls. 3) Identifying NBIC fully or part funded Strategic Research (Defined by Sectorial Workshops and approved by Boards). 4) Providing access to POC calls aligned with NBIC Strategy along with Industrial Partner via Sector or Theme. Competitive transparent Open Process Univ signed up to NBIC with companies willing to sign Project Agreement. Selected using range of criteria within a template case. Support in POC submissions and advice from NBIC engagement officers 5) Facilitating collaborative Access to facilities (eg Diamond / Hartree) (Note Science and Industrial Advisory Boards will have regular review and input into these processes and content of themes etc)
Collaborator Contribution 1) Participation in Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. 2) Application to the NBIC Proof of Concept funding for translational research projects 3) Application to studentships and placements with industrial partners
Impact NBIC has awarded 26 Proof of Concept projects, these projects are with the academic partners lists and industry collaborators. We have held one workshop (Biofilm detection), also see publications. The National Biofilms innovation centre is working across disciplines, including: engineering, chemistry, surface and interface science, functional materials, soft matter and non-equilibrium physics, environmental sciences, microbiology, 'omics, bioinformatics, computation and advanced techniques.
Start Year 2018
 
Description National Biofilm Innovation Centre 
Organisation Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution 1) Sectorial workshops with NBIC Company / Academic Community. This gives the opportunity to form links and possible POC projects to be identified. 2) Holding Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. This gives the opportunity to influence NBIC strategy and funding calls. 3) Identifying NBIC fully or part funded Strategic Research (Defined by Sectorial Workshops and approved by Boards). 4) Providing access to POC calls aligned with NBIC Strategy along with Industrial Partner via Sector or Theme. Competitive transparent Open Process Univ signed up to NBIC with companies willing to sign Project Agreement. Selected using range of criteria within a template case. Support in POC submissions and advice from NBIC engagement officers 5) Facilitating collaborative Access to facilities (eg Diamond / Hartree) (Note Science and Industrial Advisory Boards will have regular review and input into these processes and content of themes etc)
Collaborator Contribution 1) Participation in Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. 2) Application to the NBIC Proof of Concept funding for translational research projects 3) Application to studentships and placements with industrial partners
Impact NBIC has awarded 26 Proof of Concept projects, these projects are with the academic partners lists and industry collaborators. We have held one workshop (Biofilm detection), also see publications. The National Biofilms innovation centre is working across disciplines, including: engineering, chemistry, surface and interface science, functional materials, soft matter and non-equilibrium physics, environmental sciences, microbiology, 'omics, bioinformatics, computation and advanced techniques.
Start Year 2018
 
Description National Biofilm Innovation Centre 
Organisation Quadram Institute Bioscience
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution 1) Sectorial workshops with NBIC Company / Academic Community. This gives the opportunity to form links and possible POC projects to be identified. 2) Holding Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. This gives the opportunity to influence NBIC strategy and funding calls. 3) Identifying NBIC fully or part funded Strategic Research (Defined by Sectorial Workshops and approved by Boards). 4) Providing access to POC calls aligned with NBIC Strategy along with Industrial Partner via Sector or Theme. Competitive transparent Open Process Univ signed up to NBIC with companies willing to sign Project Agreement. Selected using range of criteria within a template case. Support in POC submissions and advice from NBIC engagement officers 5) Facilitating collaborative Access to facilities (eg Diamond / Hartree) (Note Science and Industrial Advisory Boards will have regular review and input into these processes and content of themes etc)
Collaborator Contribution 1) Participation in Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. 2) Application to the NBIC Proof of Concept funding for translational research projects 3) Application to studentships and placements with industrial partners
Impact NBIC has awarded 26 Proof of Concept projects, these projects are with the academic partners lists and industry collaborators. We have held one workshop (Biofilm detection), also see publications. The National Biofilms innovation centre is working across disciplines, including: engineering, chemistry, surface and interface science, functional materials, soft matter and non-equilibrium physics, environmental sciences, microbiology, 'omics, bioinformatics, computation and advanced techniques.
Start Year 2018
 
Description National Biofilm Innovation Centre 
Organisation Queen's University Belfast
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution 1) Sectorial workshops with NBIC Company / Academic Community. This gives the opportunity to form links and possible POC projects to be identified. 2) Holding Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. This gives the opportunity to influence NBIC strategy and funding calls. 3) Identifying NBIC fully or part funded Strategic Research (Defined by Sectorial Workshops and approved by Boards). 4) Providing access to POC calls aligned with NBIC Strategy along with Industrial Partner via Sector or Theme. Competitive transparent Open Process Univ signed up to NBIC with companies willing to sign Project Agreement. Selected using range of criteria within a template case. Support in POC submissions and advice from NBIC engagement officers 5) Facilitating collaborative Access to facilities (eg Diamond / Hartree) (Note Science and Industrial Advisory Boards will have regular review and input into these processes and content of themes etc)
Collaborator Contribution 1) Participation in Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. 2) Application to the NBIC Proof of Concept funding for translational research projects 3) Application to studentships and placements with industrial partners
Impact NBIC has awarded 26 Proof of Concept projects, these projects are with the academic partners lists and industry collaborators. We have held one workshop (Biofilm detection), also see publications. The National Biofilms innovation centre is working across disciplines, including: engineering, chemistry, surface and interface science, functional materials, soft matter and non-equilibrium physics, environmental sciences, microbiology, 'omics, bioinformatics, computation and advanced techniques.
Start Year 2018
 
Description National Biofilm Innovation Centre 
Organisation St. Andrews University
PI Contribution 1) Sectorial workshops with NBIC Company / Academic Community. This gives the opportunity to form links and possible POC projects to be identified. 2) Holding Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. This gives the opportunity to influence NBIC strategy and funding calls. 3) Identifying NBIC fully or part funded Strategic Research (Defined by Sectorial Workshops and approved by Boards). 4) Providing access to POC calls aligned with NBIC Strategy along with Industrial Partner via Sector or Theme. Competitive transparent Open Process Univ signed up to NBIC with companies willing to sign Project Agreement. Selected using range of criteria within a template case. Support in POC submissions and advice from NBIC engagement officers 5) Facilitating collaborative Access to facilities (eg Diamond / Hartree) (Note Science and Industrial Advisory Boards will have regular review and input into these processes and content of themes etc)
Collaborator Contribution 1) Participation in Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. 2) Application to the NBIC Proof of Concept funding for translational research projects 3) Application to studentships and placements with industrial partners
Impact NBIC has awarded 26 Proof of Concept projects, these projects are with the academic partners lists and industry collaborators. We have held one workshop (Biofilm detection), also see publications. The National Biofilms innovation centre is working across disciplines, including: engineering, chemistry, surface and interface science, functional materials, soft matter and non-equilibrium physics, environmental sciences, microbiology, 'omics, bioinformatics, computation and advanced techniques.
Start Year 2018
 
Description National Biofilm Innovation Centre 
Organisation Swansea University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution 1) Sectorial workshops with NBIC Company / Academic Community. This gives the opportunity to form links and possible POC projects to be identified. 2) Holding Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. This gives the opportunity to influence NBIC strategy and funding calls. 3) Identifying NBIC fully or part funded Strategic Research (Defined by Sectorial Workshops and approved by Boards). 4) Providing access to POC calls aligned with NBIC Strategy along with Industrial Partner via Sector or Theme. Competitive transparent Open Process Univ signed up to NBIC with companies willing to sign Project Agreement. Selected using range of criteria within a template case. Support in POC submissions and advice from NBIC engagement officers 5) Facilitating collaborative Access to facilities (eg Diamond / Hartree) (Note Science and Industrial Advisory Boards will have regular review and input into these processes and content of themes etc)
Collaborator Contribution 1) Participation in Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. 2) Application to the NBIC Proof of Concept funding for translational research projects 3) Application to studentships and placements with industrial partners
Impact NBIC has awarded 26 Proof of Concept projects, these projects are with the academic partners lists and industry collaborators. We have held one workshop (Biofilm detection), also see publications. The National Biofilms innovation centre is working across disciplines, including: engineering, chemistry, surface and interface science, functional materials, soft matter and non-equilibrium physics, environmental sciences, microbiology, 'omics, bioinformatics, computation and advanced techniques.
Start Year 2018
 
Description National Biofilm Innovation Centre 
Organisation University of Bath
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution 1) Sectorial workshops with NBIC Company / Academic Community. This gives the opportunity to form links and possible POC projects to be identified. 2) Holding Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. This gives the opportunity to influence NBIC strategy and funding calls. 3) Identifying NBIC fully or part funded Strategic Research (Defined by Sectorial Workshops and approved by Boards). 4) Providing access to POC calls aligned with NBIC Strategy along with Industrial Partner via Sector or Theme. Competitive transparent Open Process Univ signed up to NBIC with companies willing to sign Project Agreement. Selected using range of criteria within a template case. Support in POC submissions and advice from NBIC engagement officers 5) Facilitating collaborative Access to facilities (eg Diamond / Hartree) (Note Science and Industrial Advisory Boards will have regular review and input into these processes and content of themes etc)
Collaborator Contribution 1) Participation in Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. 2) Application to the NBIC Proof of Concept funding for translational research projects 3) Application to studentships and placements with industrial partners
Impact NBIC has awarded 26 Proof of Concept projects, these projects are with the academic partners lists and industry collaborators. We have held one workshop (Biofilm detection), also see publications. The National Biofilms innovation centre is working across disciplines, including: engineering, chemistry, surface and interface science, functional materials, soft matter and non-equilibrium physics, environmental sciences, microbiology, 'omics, bioinformatics, computation and advanced techniques.
Start Year 2018
 
Description National Biofilm Innovation Centre 
Organisation University of Birmingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution 1) Sectorial workshops with NBIC Company / Academic Community. This gives the opportunity to form links and possible POC projects to be identified. 2) Holding Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. This gives the opportunity to influence NBIC strategy and funding calls. 3) Identifying NBIC fully or part funded Strategic Research (Defined by Sectorial Workshops and approved by Boards). 4) Providing access to POC calls aligned with NBIC Strategy along with Industrial Partner via Sector or Theme. Competitive transparent Open Process Univ signed up to NBIC with companies willing to sign Project Agreement. Selected using range of criteria within a template case. Support in POC submissions and advice from NBIC engagement officers 5) Facilitating collaborative Access to facilities (eg Diamond / Hartree) (Note Science and Industrial Advisory Boards will have regular review and input into these processes and content of themes etc)
Collaborator Contribution 1) Participation in Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. 2) Application to the NBIC Proof of Concept funding for translational research projects 3) Application to studentships and placements with industrial partners
Impact NBIC has awarded 26 Proof of Concept projects, these projects are with the academic partners lists and industry collaborators. We have held one workshop (Biofilm detection), also see publications. The National Biofilms innovation centre is working across disciplines, including: engineering, chemistry, surface and interface science, functional materials, soft matter and non-equilibrium physics, environmental sciences, microbiology, 'omics, bioinformatics, computation and advanced techniques.
Start Year 2018
 
Description National Biofilm Innovation Centre 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution 1) Sectorial workshops with NBIC Company / Academic Community. This gives the opportunity to form links and possible POC projects to be identified. 2) Holding Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. This gives the opportunity to influence NBIC strategy and funding calls. 3) Identifying NBIC fully or part funded Strategic Research (Defined by Sectorial Workshops and approved by Boards). 4) Providing access to POC calls aligned with NBIC Strategy along with Industrial Partner via Sector or Theme. Competitive transparent Open Process Univ signed up to NBIC with companies willing to sign Project Agreement. Selected using range of criteria within a template case. Support in POC submissions and advice from NBIC engagement officers 5) Facilitating collaborative Access to facilities (eg Diamond / Hartree) (Note Science and Industrial Advisory Boards will have regular review and input into these processes and content of themes etc)
Collaborator Contribution 1) Participation in Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. 2) Application to the NBIC Proof of Concept funding for translational research projects 3) Application to studentships and placements with industrial partners
Impact NBIC has awarded 26 Proof of Concept projects, these projects are with the academic partners lists and industry collaborators. We have held one workshop (Biofilm detection), also see publications. The National Biofilms innovation centre is working across disciplines, including: engineering, chemistry, surface and interface science, functional materials, soft matter and non-equilibrium physics, environmental sciences, microbiology, 'omics, bioinformatics, computation and advanced techniques.
Start Year 2018
 
Description National Biofilm Innovation Centre 
Organisation University of Dundee
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution 1) Sectorial workshops with NBIC Company / Academic Community. This gives the opportunity to form links and possible POC projects to be identified. 2) Holding Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. This gives the opportunity to influence NBIC strategy and funding calls. 3) Identifying NBIC fully or part funded Strategic Research (Defined by Sectorial Workshops and approved by Boards). 4) Providing access to POC calls aligned with NBIC Strategy along with Industrial Partner via Sector or Theme. Competitive transparent Open Process Univ signed up to NBIC with companies willing to sign Project Agreement. Selected using range of criteria within a template case. Support in POC submissions and advice from NBIC engagement officers 5) Facilitating collaborative Access to facilities (eg Diamond / Hartree) (Note Science and Industrial Advisory Boards will have regular review and input into these processes and content of themes etc)
Collaborator Contribution 1) Participation in Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. 2) Application to the NBIC Proof of Concept funding for translational research projects 3) Application to studentships and placements with industrial partners
Impact NBIC has awarded 26 Proof of Concept projects, these projects are with the academic partners lists and industry collaborators. We have held one workshop (Biofilm detection), also see publications. The National Biofilms innovation centre is working across disciplines, including: engineering, chemistry, surface and interface science, functional materials, soft matter and non-equilibrium physics, environmental sciences, microbiology, 'omics, bioinformatics, computation and advanced techniques.
Start Year 2018
 
Description National Biofilm Innovation Centre 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution 1) Sectorial workshops with NBIC Company / Academic Community. This gives the opportunity to form links and possible POC projects to be identified. 2) Holding Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. This gives the opportunity to influence NBIC strategy and funding calls. 3) Identifying NBIC fully or part funded Strategic Research (Defined by Sectorial Workshops and approved by Boards). 4) Providing access to POC calls aligned with NBIC Strategy along with Industrial Partner via Sector or Theme. Competitive transparent Open Process Univ signed up to NBIC with companies willing to sign Project Agreement. Selected using range of criteria within a template case. Support in POC submissions and advice from NBIC engagement officers 5) Facilitating collaborative Access to facilities (eg Diamond / Hartree) (Note Science and Industrial Advisory Boards will have regular review and input into these processes and content of themes etc)
Collaborator Contribution 1) Participation in Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. 2) Application to the NBIC Proof of Concept funding for translational research projects 3) Application to studentships and placements with industrial partners
Impact NBIC has awarded 26 Proof of Concept projects, these projects are with the academic partners lists and industry collaborators. We have held one workshop (Biofilm detection), also see publications. The National Biofilms innovation centre is working across disciplines, including: engineering, chemistry, surface and interface science, functional materials, soft matter and non-equilibrium physics, environmental sciences, microbiology, 'omics, bioinformatics, computation and advanced techniques.
Start Year 2018
 
Description National Biofilm Innovation Centre 
Organisation University of Hull
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution 1) Sectorial workshops with NBIC Company / Academic Community. This gives the opportunity to form links and possible POC projects to be identified. 2) Holding Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. This gives the opportunity to influence NBIC strategy and funding calls. 3) Identifying NBIC fully or part funded Strategic Research (Defined by Sectorial Workshops and approved by Boards). 4) Providing access to POC calls aligned with NBIC Strategy along with Industrial Partner via Sector or Theme. Competitive transparent Open Process Univ signed up to NBIC with companies willing to sign Project Agreement. Selected using range of criteria within a template case. Support in POC submissions and advice from NBIC engagement officers 5) Facilitating collaborative Access to facilities (eg Diamond / Hartree) (Note Science and Industrial Advisory Boards will have regular review and input into these processes and content of themes etc)
Collaborator Contribution 1) Participation in Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. 2) Application to the NBIC Proof of Concept funding for translational research projects 3) Application to studentships and placements with industrial partners
Impact NBIC has awarded 26 Proof of Concept projects, these projects are with the academic partners lists and industry collaborators. We have held one workshop (Biofilm detection), also see publications. The National Biofilms innovation centre is working across disciplines, including: engineering, chemistry, surface and interface science, functional materials, soft matter and non-equilibrium physics, environmental sciences, microbiology, 'omics, bioinformatics, computation and advanced techniques.
Start Year 2018
 
Description National Biofilm Innovation Centre 
Organisation University of Kent
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution 1) Sectorial workshops with NBIC Company / Academic Community. This gives the opportunity to form links and possible POC projects to be identified. 2) Holding Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. This gives the opportunity to influence NBIC strategy and funding calls. 3) Identifying NBIC fully or part funded Strategic Research (Defined by Sectorial Workshops and approved by Boards). 4) Providing access to POC calls aligned with NBIC Strategy along with Industrial Partner via Sector or Theme. Competitive transparent Open Process Univ signed up to NBIC with companies willing to sign Project Agreement. Selected using range of criteria within a template case. Support in POC submissions and advice from NBIC engagement officers 5) Facilitating collaborative Access to facilities (eg Diamond / Hartree) (Note Science and Industrial Advisory Boards will have regular review and input into these processes and content of themes etc)
Collaborator Contribution 1) Participation in Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. 2) Application to the NBIC Proof of Concept funding for translational research projects 3) Application to studentships and placements with industrial partners
Impact NBIC has awarded 26 Proof of Concept projects, these projects are with the academic partners lists and industry collaborators. We have held one workshop (Biofilm detection), also see publications. The National Biofilms innovation centre is working across disciplines, including: engineering, chemistry, surface and interface science, functional materials, soft matter and non-equilibrium physics, environmental sciences, microbiology, 'omics, bioinformatics, computation and advanced techniques.
Start Year 2018
 
Description National Biofilm Innovation Centre 
Organisation University of Leeds
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution 1) Sectorial workshops with NBIC Company / Academic Community. This gives the opportunity to form links and possible POC projects to be identified. 2) Holding Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. This gives the opportunity to influence NBIC strategy and funding calls. 3) Identifying NBIC fully or part funded Strategic Research (Defined by Sectorial Workshops and approved by Boards). 4) Providing access to POC calls aligned with NBIC Strategy along with Industrial Partner via Sector or Theme. Competitive transparent Open Process Univ signed up to NBIC with companies willing to sign Project Agreement. Selected using range of criteria within a template case. Support in POC submissions and advice from NBIC engagement officers 5) Facilitating collaborative Access to facilities (eg Diamond / Hartree) (Note Science and Industrial Advisory Boards will have regular review and input into these processes and content of themes etc)
Collaborator Contribution 1) Participation in Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. 2) Application to the NBIC Proof of Concept funding for translational research projects 3) Application to studentships and placements with industrial partners
Impact NBIC has awarded 26 Proof of Concept projects, these projects are with the academic partners lists and industry collaborators. We have held one workshop (Biofilm detection), also see publications. The National Biofilms innovation centre is working across disciplines, including: engineering, chemistry, surface and interface science, functional materials, soft matter and non-equilibrium physics, environmental sciences, microbiology, 'omics, bioinformatics, computation and advanced techniques.
Start Year 2018
 
Description National Biofilm Innovation Centre 
Organisation University of Manchester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution 1) Sectorial workshops with NBIC Company / Academic Community. This gives the opportunity to form links and possible POC projects to be identified. 2) Holding Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. This gives the opportunity to influence NBIC strategy and funding calls. 3) Identifying NBIC fully or part funded Strategic Research (Defined by Sectorial Workshops and approved by Boards). 4) Providing access to POC calls aligned with NBIC Strategy along with Industrial Partner via Sector or Theme. Competitive transparent Open Process Univ signed up to NBIC with companies willing to sign Project Agreement. Selected using range of criteria within a template case. Support in POC submissions and advice from NBIC engagement officers 5) Facilitating collaborative Access to facilities (eg Diamond / Hartree) (Note Science and Industrial Advisory Boards will have regular review and input into these processes and content of themes etc)
Collaborator Contribution 1) Participation in Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. 2) Application to the NBIC Proof of Concept funding for translational research projects 3) Application to studentships and placements with industrial partners
Impact NBIC has awarded 26 Proof of Concept projects, these projects are with the academic partners lists and industry collaborators. We have held one workshop (Biofilm detection), also see publications. The National Biofilms innovation centre is working across disciplines, including: engineering, chemistry, surface and interface science, functional materials, soft matter and non-equilibrium physics, environmental sciences, microbiology, 'omics, bioinformatics, computation and advanced techniques.
Start Year 2018
 
Description National Biofilm Innovation Centre 
Organisation University of Oxford
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution 1) Sectorial workshops with NBIC Company / Academic Community. This gives the opportunity to form links and possible POC projects to be identified. 2) Holding Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. This gives the opportunity to influence NBIC strategy and funding calls. 3) Identifying NBIC fully or part funded Strategic Research (Defined by Sectorial Workshops and approved by Boards). 4) Providing access to POC calls aligned with NBIC Strategy along with Industrial Partner via Sector or Theme. Competitive transparent Open Process Univ signed up to NBIC with companies willing to sign Project Agreement. Selected using range of criteria within a template case. Support in POC submissions and advice from NBIC engagement officers 5) Facilitating collaborative Access to facilities (eg Diamond / Hartree) (Note Science and Industrial Advisory Boards will have regular review and input into these processes and content of themes etc)
Collaborator Contribution 1) Participation in Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. 2) Application to the NBIC Proof of Concept funding for translational research projects 3) Application to studentships and placements with industrial partners
Impact NBIC has awarded 26 Proof of Concept projects, these projects are with the academic partners lists and industry collaborators. We have held one workshop (Biofilm detection), also see publications. The National Biofilms innovation centre is working across disciplines, including: engineering, chemistry, surface and interface science, functional materials, soft matter and non-equilibrium physics, environmental sciences, microbiology, 'omics, bioinformatics, computation and advanced techniques.
Start Year 2018
 
Description National Biofilm Innovation Centre 
Organisation University of Portsmouth
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution 1) Sectorial workshops with NBIC Company / Academic Community. This gives the opportunity to form links and possible POC projects to be identified. 2) Holding Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. This gives the opportunity to influence NBIC strategy and funding calls. 3) Identifying NBIC fully or part funded Strategic Research (Defined by Sectorial Workshops and approved by Boards). 4) Providing access to POC calls aligned with NBIC Strategy along with Industrial Partner via Sector or Theme. Competitive transparent Open Process Univ signed up to NBIC with companies willing to sign Project Agreement. Selected using range of criteria within a template case. Support in POC submissions and advice from NBIC engagement officers 5) Facilitating collaborative Access to facilities (eg Diamond / Hartree) (Note Science and Industrial Advisory Boards will have regular review and input into these processes and content of themes etc)
Collaborator Contribution 1) Participation in Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. 2) Application to the NBIC Proof of Concept funding for translational research projects 3) Application to studentships and placements with industrial partners
Impact NBIC has awarded 26 Proof of Concept projects, these projects are with the academic partners lists and industry collaborators. We have held one workshop (Biofilm detection), also see publications. The National Biofilms innovation centre is working across disciplines, including: engineering, chemistry, surface and interface science, functional materials, soft matter and non-equilibrium physics, environmental sciences, microbiology, 'omics, bioinformatics, computation and advanced techniques.
Start Year 2018
 
Description National Biofilm Innovation Centre 
Organisation University of Sheffield
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution 1) Sectorial workshops with NBIC Company / Academic Community. This gives the opportunity to form links and possible POC projects to be identified. 2) Holding Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. This gives the opportunity to influence NBIC strategy and funding calls. 3) Identifying NBIC fully or part funded Strategic Research (Defined by Sectorial Workshops and approved by Boards). 4) Providing access to POC calls aligned with NBIC Strategy along with Industrial Partner via Sector or Theme. Competitive transparent Open Process Univ signed up to NBIC with companies willing to sign Project Agreement. Selected using range of criteria within a template case. Support in POC submissions and advice from NBIC engagement officers 5) Facilitating collaborative Access to facilities (eg Diamond / Hartree) (Note Science and Industrial Advisory Boards will have regular review and input into these processes and content of themes etc)
Collaborator Contribution 1) Participation in Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. 2) Application to the NBIC Proof of Concept funding for translational research projects 3) Application to studentships and placements with industrial partners
Impact NBIC has awarded 26 Proof of Concept projects, these projects are with the academic partners lists and industry collaborators. We have held one workshop (Biofilm detection), also see publications. The National Biofilms innovation centre is working across disciplines, including: engineering, chemistry, surface and interface science, functional materials, soft matter and non-equilibrium physics, environmental sciences, microbiology, 'omics, bioinformatics, computation and advanced techniques.
Start Year 2018
 
Description National Biofilm Innovation Centre 
Organisation University of Surrey
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution 1) Sectorial workshops with NBIC Company / Academic Community. This gives the opportunity to form links and possible POC projects to be identified. 2) Holding Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. This gives the opportunity to influence NBIC strategy and funding calls. 3) Identifying NBIC fully or part funded Strategic Research (Defined by Sectorial Workshops and approved by Boards). 4) Providing access to POC calls aligned with NBIC Strategy along with Industrial Partner via Sector or Theme. Competitive transparent Open Process Univ signed up to NBIC with companies willing to sign Project Agreement. Selected using range of criteria within a template case. Support in POC submissions and advice from NBIC engagement officers 5) Facilitating collaborative Access to facilities (eg Diamond / Hartree) (Note Science and Industrial Advisory Boards will have regular review and input into these processes and content of themes etc)
Collaborator Contribution 1) Participation in Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. 2) Application to the NBIC Proof of Concept funding for translational research projects 3) Application to studentships and placements with industrial partners
Impact NBIC has awarded 26 Proof of Concept projects, these projects are with the academic partners lists and industry collaborators. We have held one workshop (Biofilm detection), also see publications. The National Biofilms innovation centre is working across disciplines, including: engineering, chemistry, surface and interface science, functional materials, soft matter and non-equilibrium physics, environmental sciences, microbiology, 'omics, bioinformatics, computation and advanced techniques.
Start Year 2018
 
Description National Biofilm Innovation Centre 
Organisation University of Warwick
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution 1) Sectorial workshops with NBIC Company / Academic Community. This gives the opportunity to form links and possible POC projects to be identified. 2) Holding Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. This gives the opportunity to influence NBIC strategy and funding calls. 3) Identifying NBIC fully or part funded Strategic Research (Defined by Sectorial Workshops and approved by Boards). 4) Providing access to POC calls aligned with NBIC Strategy along with Industrial Partner via Sector or Theme. Competitive transparent Open Process Univ signed up to NBIC with companies willing to sign Project Agreement. Selected using range of criteria within a template case. Support in POC submissions and advice from NBIC engagement officers 5) Facilitating collaborative Access to facilities (eg Diamond / Hartree) (Note Science and Industrial Advisory Boards will have regular review and input into these processes and content of themes etc)
Collaborator Contribution 1) Participation in Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. 2) Application to the NBIC Proof of Concept funding for translational research projects 3) Application to studentships and placements with industrial partners
Impact NBIC has awarded 26 Proof of Concept projects, these projects are with the academic partners lists and industry collaborators. We have held one workshop (Biofilm detection), also see publications. The National Biofilms innovation centre is working across disciplines, including: engineering, chemistry, surface and interface science, functional materials, soft matter and non-equilibrium physics, environmental sciences, microbiology, 'omics, bioinformatics, computation and advanced techniques.
Start Year 2018
 
Description National Biofilm Innovation Centre 
Organisation University of the West of England
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution 1) Sectorial workshops with NBIC Company / Academic Community. This gives the opportunity to form links and possible POC projects to be identified. 2) Holding Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. This gives the opportunity to influence NBIC strategy and funding calls. 3) Identifying NBIC fully or part funded Strategic Research (Defined by Sectorial Workshops and approved by Boards). 4) Providing access to POC calls aligned with NBIC Strategy along with Industrial Partner via Sector or Theme. Competitive transparent Open Process Univ signed up to NBIC with companies willing to sign Project Agreement. Selected using range of criteria within a template case. Support in POC submissions and advice from NBIC engagement officers 5) Facilitating collaborative Access to facilities (eg Diamond / Hartree) (Note Science and Industrial Advisory Boards will have regular review and input into these processes and content of themes etc)
Collaborator Contribution 1) Participation in Scientific NBIC Forum around key themes to establish consensus areas and key unanswered questions. 2) Application to the NBIC Proof of Concept funding for translational research projects 3) Application to studentships and placements with industrial partners
Impact NBIC has awarded 26 Proof of Concept projects, these projects are with the academic partners lists and industry collaborators. We have held one workshop (Biofilm detection), also see publications. The National Biofilms innovation centre is working across disciplines, including: engineering, chemistry, surface and interface science, functional materials, soft matter and non-equilibrium physics, environmental sciences, microbiology, 'omics, bioinformatics, computation and advanced techniques.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Smith and Nephew Consultancy 
Organisation Smith and Nephew
Department Smith and Nephew Wound Management
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Confidential
Collaborator Contribution Confidential
Impact This collaboration is multi-disciplinary: Microbiology Clinical research
Start Year 2018
 
Description NBIC Workshop - The Detection of Biofilms 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact NBIC held its first Industry /Research Partner meeting on the 24th September in Birmingham on the subject of Biofilm Detection. This is one of the four core strategic interventional themes (the others being Prevent, Manage and Engineer) NBIC is centring its research and engagement strategy around. There were approximately 70 delegates in attendance (75 registrations) with approximately 40% from Industry. There were twenty different companies represented from SME to large and from multiple sectors. Fifteen different Research Institutions (members or affiliates of NBIC) also attended, We discussed, in a workshop format led by industry problem owners , approaches to achieve accurate quantitative and actionable biofilm detection across multiple scales and sectors (e.g. the built & natural environment , manufacturing processes and supply chain, finished products, food, human and veterinary). Fifteen different industry partners had already provided their summation of unmet needs and all delegates received these ahead of time. Outputs are: 1. Report for all attendees and wider dissemination; 2. Translational priorities for possible funding calls, 3. Identifying gaps in current research; 4. Key basic science challenges, 5. Industry-relevant solutions to immediately addressable challenges, 6. Collaboration opportunities between academic partners, 7. Possible responses to additional funding / grant routes both UK/International, 8. Building our map of the biofilm field. We will in addition be following up directly with industry members to further explore how the workshop output can help them progress their identification of solutions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Activity about bacteria stickiness, using dental plaque as a model 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Increasing awareness in biofilms in the mouth, raising knowledge level about dental health care.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Activity about bacteria stickiness, using dental plaque as a model--Leith Labs 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Increasing awareness in biofilms in the mouth, raising knowledge level about dental health care.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description BioCity Meeting with NBIC 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact BioCity and NBIC met and share progress of development, planned potential collaboration in research, joint funding application, and training opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Biocity - BIKC Commercialisation Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Exchanged knowledge at the Biocity meeting with industrial participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Caol Ceilidh 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Community event featuring physics activities and a "science ceilidh", where the dances played are linked to the activities. Also featured a show and prize giving for the pupils we visited the day before.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Drug-free Antibacterial Technology for Medical Applications-HyMedPoly 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Jeremy Webb introduced the National Biofilms Innovation Centre to the audience, who were interested in Drug-free Antibacterial Technology for Medical Applications advances and needs in these technologies from business, clinical and research perspectives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://hymedpoly.eu/2018/10/29/drug-free-antibacterial-technology-for-medical-applications-14-decem...
 
Description Industrial Partners Engagement 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Since the establishment of NBIC in December 2017, our CEO and Co-Directors from four leading universities have been actively engaging industrial partners in dialogues about what biofilms resources we have, and to discover industrial needs in biofilms research. We have invited some to be on our industrial advisory board, and others we have, or in the process of establishing, partnerships in funding PhD research. We have met with 10 companies as of 14 March 2018, they are: Smith and Nephew, GSK, Akzo Nobel, BP, Mondelez, Perfectus  Biomed, Vitacress, AB Agri, Anglian Water and 3M. Our partnership PhD with Mondelez is already in recruitment process.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
 
Description Inspiring Future Scientists 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Students were invited to the School of Biological Sciences Building to participate in exhibition and interactive games with researchers in areas of healthy and life. NBIC representative was hosting Biofilm: When Slime Gets Serious activity where participants could touch and feel a block of algae with beads concreted in. They were told that this would be biofilms in one's body in real life and how this is stronger than individual microbiomes and how this poses a challenge in drug treatment, and we need further research in such anti-microbial resistance.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited Lecture: Making an Impact Week - Welcome and Accelerating Innovation through the Industrial Strategy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Lecture to introduce industrial collaboration
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description KTN Microbiome event 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The workshop was carried out in order to engage industry from across several sectors, together with key academic/technology providers to identify what is needed to stimulate translation of microbiome research into commercial reality and ensure the UK stays competitive in this emerging area. In the workshop major industry challenges and needs: technical, regulatory, infrastructure, skills and models for collaborative work to expedite delivery of commercial solutions were explored.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://biofilms.ac.uk/ktn-workshop-report-on-the-exploitation-of-microbiome/
 
Description Kinlochleven Music & Physics Party 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact With over 300 attendees, a fantastic response from the local community, new partnerships created, and the validation of an innovative way to conduct community events, this project is a massive success. We met most of our objectives and plan to develop this project further, in this region of Scotland.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Magnificent Microbes 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The public engagement aims of the School of Life Sciences are to:
1. Build on our creative partnerships to deliver a high quality, innovative engagement programme.
2. Engage a range of people with our research.
3. Collaborate with our local communities to meet their needs and widen our reach.
4. Promote and support a culture of active participation in public engagement within our life sciences community. This includes students, research and non-research staff.
Magnificent Microbes is a 2-day event with the objective of helping school pupils, teachers and the public to learn about the wide and varied role of microbes in our world and the research taking place at the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee. There is a significant component of microbiology within the Scottish school curriculum. Prior to the event participating teachers take part in a microbiology-theme CPD (Continued Professional Development) session and are able to take a Microbiology Resource Box back to the classroom with them in order to explore the topic further with their pupils.
During the two day event researchers and students from the Division of Molecular Microbiology facilitated interactive activities at 'stands' in the Dundee Science Centre - the first day welcomed over 180 P6 and P7 school pupils, while the second saw over 450 members of the public. These stands touched on topics like antibiotic resistance, the human microbiome and biofilm formation.
Professor Nicola Stanley-Wall was represented in this programme of work by and interactive stand that highlights the form and function of bacterial biofilms. The children are invited to build their own biofilm and to try and blast it away. This allows discussions about chronic infections and the need to brush teeth daily.
Following the event, the schools were offered an in class visit and support from researchers. This was to guide the in-class learning and curriculum enhancement. The programme of events culminated with a visit by the teachers and pupils from the participating schools to the School of Life Sciences to share their learning with their peers from other schools and with participating scientists.
Evaluation was undertaken through collecting comments from the children and marking the development of teachers' confidence and knowledge base. Feedback from pupils and public showed an increased knowledge of the uses of microbes in our everyday life for example in food and energy production. There was also more varied and positive association of terms linked with the topic "microbes" coupled with improved hygiene practice as a result of the activities they undertook at the Dundee Science Centre facilitated by researchers from the School of Life Sciences.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description NBIC Twitter and LinkedIn communication update 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact NBIC has setup Twitter and LinedIn account as social media outlet to communicate with our academic and industrial audience. We have managed to engage around 400 active followers who are researchers, stakeholders from both UK and international community. We expect the quality followers to increase beyond 500 in 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
 
Description NBIC representation at KTN Biofilms event, York 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact NBIC attended a workshop organised by the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)
This was a one day session attended by Companies and Universities to get a common understanding of the unmet needs across a range of industrial sectors in the context of Biofilms. This ranged from Marine, Medical, Oil , Water, Personal Care, and Agriculture. NBIC representative presented the introduction of NBIC and the services we provide.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description SPOTY event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Buffet followed by a talk on Mars bar physics and award ceremony.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description School club visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Help at a school club in the most deprived primary school in Edinburgh.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Science ceilidh: class visits 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Workshops on the physics of music and creams, liquids, etc., taught through traditional art. Involves experiential learning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Science in a summer evening 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Event featuring two research talks, for local school. Presented some activities during the break.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Street Food 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 75 adults attended the School of Life Sciences for an evening event as part of both Dundee Science Festival and the University's newly launched Festival of the Future. Included in the attendees were secondary school teachers from local schools who were invited specifically to allow them to learn from, and ask questions inspired by, our research and facilities.
The event combined food and drink makers, from Dundee, Angus, Fife and beyond, with our own researchers to explore the surprising, inspiring ways that research meets repast. Scientists and makers set up stalls together with activities and samples using links with food as an entry point to discuss particular areas of research. For example, Gin and the quinine in tonic was an opportunity to discuss malaria prevention and the research undertaken in Dundee on developing new therapeutics to tackle malaria. Or for example, ice cream was used as a tool to discuss emulsifiers in food and the production of such qualities by bacterial biofilms.
Professor Nicola Stanley-Wall's team were involved through the demonstration of how proteins first identified in the biofilm matrix can be repurposed for biotechnology purposes. The visitors were treated to ice cream and invited to handle 3D printed biofilms.
The audience reported that they had enjoyed the event, particularly the chance to meet scientists in such an informal, friendly setting. One teacher said "It's interesting to see science live and to make the connection with real life." Audience members also used social media such as Twitter and Instagram to share their images from the evening.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description The Antimicrobial Resistance on Biomaterials Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Bring together leaders in science, medicine, and industry to discuss how antimicrobial surfaces can be used rationally to reduce the risk of anti-microbial resistance evolution and spread on medical implants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description The good, the bad and the ugly of biofilms 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Another public engagement event, another beautiful mix of microbes. Researchers spoken about biofilms on teeth, gut microbiomes, and antibiotic resistance.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description This Week in Microbiology 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact NBIC research Callum's research on chlorine wash and food safety was picked up the the ASM community and his work was included in one of the podcast. The session concerning his work lasts about 10 minutes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.asm.org/index.php/podcasts/twim
 
Description UK-Singapore Engagement 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact In January 2017, the UK Dept. for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) led a delegation to Singapore to inaugurate the UK-Singapore Science Dialogue, building upon the UK-Singapore Innovation and Research Partnership signed by David Cameron, then UK PM, and Lee Hsien Loong, PM of the Republic of Singapore. Following on from this delegation a number of strategic dialogues have taken place. In Feb 2017 the UK High Commission in Singapore facilitated a 2-day meeting between the Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE), and the UK's recently awarded National Biofilms Innovation Centre (NBIC) (see Appendix 1 for details on meeting programme and attendees, including NRF, British High Commission representation and SCLESE Governing Board Chair Mr Peter Ho). These discussions have identified a number of clear strengths and synergies that will allow us to amplify our efforts to address the core scientific challenges caused by biofilms, on a cutting edge platform of basic and translational research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018