What is Metals in Biology, a BBSRC NIBB?

Metals in biology: elements of biotechnology and bio-energy is a BBSRC Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bio-energy (BBSRC NIBB).

Our aim is to develop multidisciplinary collaborations in the metals in biology community between industry and academia.

How do you become a member?

If you want to join the Network simply read the Terms and Conditions, complete a membership form, save it and email to: metals.bbsrcnibb@durham.ac.uk.

You can also register to use the Metals in Biology Network forum.

What will we be doing?

Seven key areas

We will be assembling teams and submitting grant applications to a variety of funding agencies in seven areas, see Themes.


The teams will be developed via workshops of 2 types: Open scoping workshops for about 20 people and follow-up ad hoc workshops for smaller defined grant teams to put together specific applications. Contact us with a list of the seven areas you are interested in so we can plan the workshops, if you are interested in more than one area, give a priority order. If you already have an idea for a grant application and a team, let us know and we can arrange ad hoc workshops to help you to develop the grant.

Grant applications

A top early priority is to develop grant applications for the £45m IB Catalyst fund, deadline for registration 7 May 2014, expressions of interest pre-application 14 May and invited full applications 7 August. Further information can be found here. In due course we will also announce a deadline to apply for one of about 5 proof of concept awards of about £100,000 each. Network membership is free of charge, there are two levels with the second required if you are to apply for a grant linked to this NIBB.


There will be a large conference in three years time and other activities yet to be finalised. Contact us with expressions of interest in the workshops ASAP, and we look forward to hearing from you.

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