Get Involved



On this page you should find some useful information for getting involved in the network. You can sign up to the network and opt-in for our newsletter and marketing here.


The network will be offering pump-prime funding for proposals that aim to meet one of the goals of the network. Pump-prime funding will enable the funding of a research project for up to four months. Funding will cover the salary and consumables of a project that aims to tackle one of the IBIN’s scientific goals with the aim of developing new techniques or technologies. The funding is intended to get projects off the ground and once these projects are runnings, the applicants will then be expected to apply for funding external to IBIN.

The network also wants to encourage collaboration between research groups and is funding sabbaticals for PhD students and PDRAs. The aim of the sabbaticals is to enable researchers to work in another lab and develop skills in a particular area. The sabbatical funding covers travel and accommodation for between one week to a month.

Mentoring Programme

We are hoping to initiate a mentoring and training programme to support early career researchers. More information and training opportunities will be advertised through this website as well as our newsletter and communications.


We will be hosting a number of events throughout the lifetime of the IBIN that will encourage collaboration between researchers and our industrial partners. The first meeting on the 16th January will introduce the network and be an opportunity for us to get feedback on the outcomes that the members of IBIN aim to produce. If you believe that your research aims are in alignment with the IBIN scientific goals then get in touch to request an invitation to the first event. Further events will be advertised through this website and in the marketing communications, which you can sign up to through this site. You can also join our network on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter.

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Below are some quotes from our partners.


  • Tocris  Industrial Partner

    “The is a clear requirement from the scientific community for new chemical probes for use in cutting-edge optical imaging systems and Prof Maddy Parsons and co-investigators are ideally and uniquely placed to deliver these probes. It is therefore with great please that I recommend these investigators and offer the support of Tocris to their proposal.”

    – Robert Felix, Head of Product Management

  • Leica  Industrial Partner

    “We confirm our strong support for the IBIN and our enthusiasm to be a collaborating industrial partner in this network… Leica has a very keen interest in the ongoing development, implementation and commercialisation of novel imaging solutions to complex biological questions. We believe the IBIN will provide a unique opportunity for a multi-disciplinary group of experts to address some key unmet needs in 3-dimensional culture, tissue and whole organism imaging… The IBIN represents an excellent opportunity for the community to come together and tackle these questions as a collective.”

    – Sue Wilson, Regional Manager

  • ZEISS  Industrial Partner

    “The IBIN represents an excellent opportunity to gather cross-disciplinary experts from across the UK to identify solutions to emerging biological challenges in imaging 3D live cell signalling events. Given the combined expertise, there is significant potential for IBIN to deliver step-change instrumentation by combining multiple imaging modes into single platform solutions. At ZEISS, we also recognise that this is a priority area for instrument development and being part of this Network will provide us with an opportunity to engage with leading academics, learn more about the key biological problems being approached and how we may be able to assist with solutions.”

    – Dr. Ben Ewins, UK Sector Manager for Life Science

  • Nikon  Industrial Partner

    “Partnering with a network of high-profile researchers and microscopists to develop novel imaging solutions and techniques is likely to provoke engagement across the breadth of Nikon Instruments technologies, including high throughput imaging, super-resolution microscopes, image processing and advanced optics. The IBIN is a unique opportunity for Nikon Instruments to build on the existing collaboration we have with King’s College London to further the capabilities of biological imaging and, in turn, research effectiveness, within the UK and beyond.”

    – Dr. Darren Summers, General Manager

  • RMS  Society Partner

    “The RMS is very supportive of what the IBIN is trying to achieve and our close existing links with your proposed network members will place you in a strong position to keep the RMS informed of any outcomes which we can help disseminate to the UK community”

    – Allison Winton, Chief Executive