Grant winners – 4 June 2015

A round-up of recent recipients of research council cash

June 4, 2015
Grant winners

National Institute for Health Research

Public Health Research programme

Evaluation of the Healthy Start voucher scheme in the UK: a natural experiment using the Growing Up in Scotland record linkage study and the infant feeding survey

Health Services and Delivery Research programme

Understanding the outcomes of people with cognitive impairment and/or dementia admitted to the general hospital

Measuring general practice productivity

RCT of clinical and cost-effectiveness of drug-coated balloons, drug-eluting stents and balloon angioplasty with bail-out bare metal stent revascularisation strategies for severe limb ischaemia due to femoro-popliteal disease: BASIL-3 (balloon vs stenting in severe ischaemia of the leg)

Economic and Social Research Council/DFID

ESRC-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research

Female labour supply and the escape from poverty: new evidence from household data

Does “shame-proofing” anti-poverty programmes improve their effectiveness? Theory of change and impact policy evaluation in cross-national settings

Leverhulme Trust

Research Project Grants

Super-resolved functional mapping of protein-protein interactions

Novel discretisations of higher-order non-linear PDE

Identifying peptide candidates for a vaccine against the contagious cancer, devil facial tumour disease

In detail

Award winner: Silvia Dalla
Institution: University of Central Lancashire
Value: £159,542

Predicting solar energetic particle radiation at Earth and Mars

Solar electrons and ions accelerated to very high speeds during flares and coronal mass ejections can escape the Sun’s atmosphere and reach planets. Near Earth, these solar energetic particles can cause problems: radiation from them poses a health risk to astronauts and can damage spacecraft’s instruments, and the SEPs may also disrupt high-frequency communications and GPS systems. To reduce these risks, it is vital to build space weather tools that can forecast the radiation risk of SEPs. This research aims to discover how SEPs propagate through space to reach locations near Earth or Mars, and what impact they have. Silvia Dalla, reader in solar physics at Uclan, will develop models of how SEPs are influenced by the magnetic fields of interplanetary space after they leave the Sun. She will link the results of simulations of the magnetic fields in space with a new model able to trace SEP trajectories to distances millions of kilometres away from the Sun. Radiation doses that would be experienced near Earth and Mars will be calculated from the SEP flux. The project will also have a practical output with applications to operational space weather systems.

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