Grant winners – 16 June 2016

A round-up of recent recipients of research council cash

June 16, 2016
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National Institute for Health Research

Health Services and Delivery Research Programme

Surgical care for female urinary incontinence in England

Health Technology Assessment Programme

A multi-centre cluster randomised controlled trial to evaluate the Guide to Action Care Home fall-prevention programme in care homes for older people (FinCH)

Leverhulme Trust

Research Fellowships

Global ice mass balance and sea level (GIMBal)

Physical impact of storage and display environments on historic film material

Climate response theory in the near-equilibrium limit and beyond

Analytic structure for the Brownian web and Brownian net

Research Project Grants

Quantum nano-plasmonics

Gamete-mediated transmission of parental experience

Asymmetric “click”-synthesis of helicenes

European Research Council

Research grant

International finance and monetary policy

In detail

Award winner: Mercedes Maroto-Valer
Institution: Heriot-Watt University
Value: €3 million

Advanced Award: MILEPOST: Micro‑scale processors governing global sustainability

This project will grow “smart rocks” that can “tell” researchers what goes on deep underground. The security of water, food and energy supplies all depend on a clear understanding of how liquids and gases travel through porous rocks in the subsurface. But rocks aren’t great communicators, so Mercedes Maroto-Valer, principal investigator and Robert Buchan chair in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Heriot-Watt University, and her team plan to use 3D‑printing to create porous rocks with embedded micro-sensors to replicate what happens deep underground and collect information not previously attainable. “By 3D‑printing our own core samples, we can decide exactly what sort of rock we wish to study, and implanted micro-sensors will be able to tell us directly, in real time, what is going on as gases and liquids pass through them,” she said. “This fundamental knowledge at such a tiny scale will feed hugely into our understanding of such processes at the large scale and enable us to maximise the success of industries from oil extraction to water safety and the storage of captured CO2.”

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