Grant winners - 14 August 2014

August 14, 2014

Royal Society

Wolfson Research Merit Awards

Awards are worth £10,000-£30,000 a year, which is a salary enhancement

Dynamics and geometry of curves and surfaces in negatively curved spaces

Building an in silico description of the host-pathogen interaction in TB

New paradigms in connected global health for infectious diseases


Health Foundation

Clinician Scientist Fellowships

Optimised imaging for integrated serial evaluation in traumatic brain injury prognosis (OPTIMISE-TBI prognosis)

Mechanistic and biomarker evaluation of POLE proofreading mutations in cancers

Health inequalities in ethnic minority service users with serious mental illness: understanding pathways to reduced life expectancy


Leverhulme Trust

Research Project Grants

Plant-water interlinkages in northern uplands: mediation of climate change?

Urban airborne particulate pollution, air ions and electric charge effects

Social sciences

Tolerating tigers: do local beliefs offset human–carnivore conflicts?


Economic and Social Research Council

Citizen led forensics: DNA and data-banking as technologies of disruption – a novel way to learn and intervene in the search for the disappeared in Mexico

In detail

John Garry, Queen's University Belfast

Transformative Research Call

Award winner: John Garry
Institution: Queen’s University Belfast
Value: £186,018

Randomly selected “politicians”: transforming democracy in the post-conflict context

This project investigates an alternative to voting. Would randomly selecting ordinary citizens to become politicians enhance the quality of democracy? “A parliament made up of a random sample of citizens would be, statistically, very similar to society as a whole (unlike current parliaments dominated by middle-aged, well-educated men),” said Dr Garry. “We focus on the post-conflict setting of Northern Ireland and ask whether the addition of a random chamber could help to solidify peace, giving power to ordinary citizens (who typically have quite moderate views) to determine the direction of politics.” He added that the project hopes to discover how much support there is among Northern Ireland citizens for changing the system to incorporate a random component and what the views of current elected politicians are to such a proposal.

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