Grant winners

September 12, 2013

Economic and Social Research Council

ESRC–RGC (Hong Kong) bilateral Award

  • Award winner: Paul Morris
  • Institution: Institute of Education
  • Value: £70,563

Hong Kong as a source for education policy in England: rhetoric and reality

  • Award winner: Odd Westad
  • Institution: London School of Economics
  • Value: £83,569

China, Hong Kong and the long 1970s in global perspective

Language-specific and language-general influences on reading comprehension development: comparisons between an alphabetic and morphographic script

Western Power Distribution (East Midlands) plc

Low Carbon Network Fund (FALCON Project)

European Commission

The development of innovative social practices of, and for, young people in cities across Europe to combat inequality

Royal Society

Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships

The scheme is designed for scientists who would benefit from a period of full-time research without teaching and administrative duties. Employing institutions received reimbursement with full salary cost of a teaching replacement. Fellowships cover all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering but excluding clinical medicine.

Evolving networks: data to knowledge

Coherent non-linear micro-spectroscopy of quantum systems and living matter

Serotonin and oestrogen in pulmonary arterial hypertension

National Institute for Health Research

Health Technology Assessment Programme

Non-pharmacological treatments for stuttering in children and adults: a systematic review of effectiveness, and exploration of barriers to successful outcomes

In detail

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme

Award winner: David Miller
Institution: University of Leeds
Value: £1,373,336

HABSelect: hyaluronic acid binding sperm selection

In many cases of male infertility, the man’s sperm are present but for mostly unknown reasons they are unable to reach and fertilise his partner’s egg. Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) – a process whereby the sperm is injected directly into the egg – is successful in achieving fertilisation, but less than a quarter of all resulting embryos, once transferred into the womb, will develop normally. We are still not very good at choosing the best sperm for ICSI. A recently developed method selects sperm by their ability to stick to a naturally occurring substance, hyaluronan, normally found close to the surface of the egg. This research aims to introduce the method into UK clinics to show that it can improve success rates for couples, and to find out more about what makes “sticky” sperm different. It is possible that making simple changes in the way sperm are chosen will improve the chances of achieving pregnancy.

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