Grant winners – 17 November 2016

A round-up of recent recipients of research council cash

November 17, 2016
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Economic and Social Research Council

Research Grants

  • Award winner: Victoria Canning
  • Institution: Open University
  • Value: £105,328

Gendered experiences of social harm in asylum: Exploring state responses to persecuted women in Britain, Denmark and Sweden


Renewing party politics? Digital innovations in political campaigning


What is the difference between “good” and “bad” stress? Understanding possible effects of socio-economic status on learning


  • Award winner: Giacomo Persi Paoli
  • Institution: RAND Europe Community Interest Company
  • Value: £80,440

Behind the Curtain: an investigation of the illicit trade in firearms and explosives on the dark net


Australian Research Council

Discovery Projects

Evolving landscapes of our early South African ancestors


Enhancing single-molecule magnets


War stories and the meaning of the American Revolution


Leverhulme Trust

Research Grants

Challenging the standard model with black holes


How to build a spider: regulation of segmentation in Parasteatoda tepidariorum


Thinking counterfactually: How would have been reveals what is and what must be


In detail

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Award winner: Paul David Fraser
Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Value: £477,940

Optimisation of tomato fruit carotenoid content for nutritional improvement and industrial exploitation

The bright colours of most flowers, fruits and vegetables are caused by organic pigments, such as carotenoids. Carotenoids – which are responsible for the orange of carrots and the yellow of daffodils – are vital constituents of a healthy human diet, dissipating certain types of molecules that cause damage to the body. They are desirable not just to the food industry but also to the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries; although their commercial production is far from cheap or environmentally friendly. This project will focus not on producing more carotenoids but rather on how to retain them. Recent technological developments have allowed researchers to identify the enzyme, CCD4, that is responsible for degrading carotenoids. The team will investigate how the pigments are broken down, and will use gene editing technology to develop plants that can produce less CCD4 and, therefore, retain more useful carotenoids.

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