Grant winners - 11 July 2013

July 11, 2013

National Institute for Health Research

Health Technology Assessment Programme

The clinical and cost-effectiveness of lamotrigine for people with borderline personality disorder: a randomised controlled trial 

The clinical and cost-effectiveness of temporarily quadrupling the dose of inhaled steroid to prevent asthma exacerbations: a pragmatic, randomised, normal care-controlled, clinical trial


European Commission

  • Award winner: Brian Tighe
  • Institution: Aston University
  • Value: £237,744

Develop new contact lens systems for ocular drug delivery

To develop nanomaterial photonic sensor for food manufacturing

Advanced regenerator technologies for high-capacity systems


Economic and Social Research Council

Transformative Research Call: ‘Transforming’ Social Science

Maximum limit of £250,000; will run for 18 months.

  • Award winner: Fernand Gobet
  • Institution: University of Liverpool

Automatic generation of scientific theories

  • Award winner: Stephen Reicher
  • Institution: University of St Andrews

Beyond the “banality of evil”: a new understanding of conformity and atrocity


Leverhulme Trust

Research Project Grants

  • Award winner: Adrian Chaplin
  • Institution: University of Warwick
  • Value: £160,874

Transition metal-based [2]rotaxanes for the investigation of alkane activation

  • Award winner: David Fermin
  • Institution: University of Bristol
  • Value: £141,512

Novel dehydrogenase-based architectures for electrocatalytic conversion of liquid fuels


  • Award winner: Stephen Rippon
  • Institution: University of Exeter
  • Value: £98,381

Planning in the early medieval landscape: technology, society and settlement

International Networks

  • Award winner: Pat Monaghan
  • Institution: University of Glasgow
  • Value: £98,000

Interdisciplinary network on telomere biology

Social sciences

In detail

Chris Reed, University of Dundee

Award winner: Chris Reed
Institution: University of Dundee
Value: £188,834

DrEAMS: dialogue-based exploration of argument and mediation space

Publicly funded mediation offers a cheaper alternative to litigation, but still costs tens of millions of pounds. This project aims to build a philosophically and linguistically grounded model of the mediation process to serve as a foundation for developing software tools to provide practical support. The project will develop an argument-mapping tool built on a theoretical account of argumentation in dispute mediation. It will also develop models of dialogue for the approach, depending on factors such as the willingness of the parties to participate and the exact stage of the process.

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