Grant winners – 19 March 2015

March 19, 2015

Leverhulme Trust

Research Project Grants

The development of procedural working memory

Dual catalysis: gold and photoredox catalysis for stereoselective synthesis

Structural elucidation and reactivity modification in metal-organic frameworks

Social sciences

  • Award winner: Nicholas Bardsley
  • Institution: University of Reading
  • Value: £77,373

How individual is “individual choice”? Exploring team reasoning in context


Royal Society

Wolfson Research Merit Awards

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

Low-cost thin film transistor electronic systems for healthcare and diagnostics

  • Award winner: Andrew Smith
  • Institution: University of St Andrews

Developing catalysis research: new reaction discoveries and practical applications

Computational audio: the importance of sound in computational systems


Arts and Humanities Research Council

Leadership Fellowships

  • Award winner: Catriona Kelly
  • Institution: University of Oxford
  • Value: £194,544

The Soviet cine-underground: Lenfil’m (the Leningrad State Film Studio) and the transformation of late Soviet culture, 1956-1991

  • Award winner: Dale Timothy Townshend
  • Institution: University of Stirling
  • Value: £179,998

Writing Britain’s ruins, 1700-1850: the architectural imagination

  • Award winner: Robert Stern
  • Institution: University of Sheffield
  • Value: £195,374

The ethical demand: Løgstrup’s ethics and its implications

In detail

Amanda Rees, University of York

Award winners: Amanda Rees (PI), Iwan Morus and Lisa Garforth
Institutions: York, Aberystwyth and Newcastle universities
Value: £598,742 (AHRC contribution)

Unsettling science: expertise, narrative and future histories

This project investigates the relationship between science, fiction and popular culture over the course of the long technological 20th century (1887-2007), focusing on the ways in which writers, policymakers and the general public used innovations in science, technology and medicine to understand their present as well as to “anticipate, think and worry about the future”, Amanda Rees, senior lecturer in the department of sociology at the University of York, told Times Higher Education. “We hope it will clearly demonstrate the influence that science has had on the directions taken by literary, political and philosophical culture over the course of the 20th and 21st centuries – especially in relation to how these cultures have conceived and represented their futures,” she added. “Persistent misunderstandings and assumptions about the nature of the relationship between science and society, and of the ways in which science and technology form the context for social development and change, tends to hinder the public and policymakers in identifying and solving problems at both the systemic and the individual level.”

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