Grant winners – 10 November 2016

 A round-up of recent recipients of research council cash

November 10, 2016
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Natural Environment Research Council

Research grants

Assessing the strength of volcanic eruptions using acoustic infrasound measurements

Holistic decision-support system for organic slurry storage and treatment techniques for maximum nutrient use efficiencies (SLURRY-MAX)

Routes to speciation in Littorina

National Institute for Health Research

Health Technology Assessment programme

A pragmatic randomised controlled trial of sensory integration therapy versus usual care for sensory processing difficulties in autism spectrum disorder in children: impact on behavioural difficulties, adaptive skills and socialisation (SenITA)

  • Award winner: Steve Halligan
  • Institution: University College London
  • Value: £248,773

Prognostic biomarkers to identify patients with severe Crohn’s disease: systematic review, meta-analysis and prognostic model with external validation

Leverhulme Trust

Research project grants

The psychology of philosophical thought experiments

Living standards and material culture in English rural households, 1300–1600


Novel approaches for constructing optimised multimodal data spaces

Visible-light mediated synthesis of nitrogen-centred radicals

Tuning thermal transport in nanocomposites with size, shape and interface control

In detail

Award winner: John Divers
Institution: University of Leeds
Value: £165,945

Thinking counterfactually: how ‘would have been’ reveals what is and what must be

Everyone will be familiar with counterfactuals, even if not by that name. For example, if you get caught in the rain, you might rage that if you had had an umbrella, you wouldn’t be wet. Statements that take the form “if A had been, then B would have been” often intrude on our thinking, and there is reason to think that they can tell us something about what is and what must be. This project will explore this idea. “The main objective is to make sense of this habit that we have – of speaking (and thinking) – counterfactually”, Shyane Siriwardena, postdoctoral fellow in philosophy at the University of Leeds, told Times Higher Education. “Researchers want to discover why it’s useful and how it’s useful. How does it tell us about the way the world is? How does it tell us about what we ought to do when faced with a decision? How does it tell us what has to be the case?”

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