Grant winners - 20 November 2014

November 20, 2014

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Technology Programme

Audio data exploration: new insights and value

  • Award winner: Marianne Ellis
  • Institution: University of Bath
  • Value: £105,790

Capillary bed bioreactor: improved estimation of dermal bioavailability

Standard Research

  • Award winner: Karen Turner
  • Institution: University of Strathclyde
  • Value: £302,477

Energy-saving innovations and economy-wide rebound effects


National Institute for Health Research

Health Technology Assessment (NIHR HTA) Programme

  • Award winner: Jane Norman
  • Institution: University of Edinburgh
  • Value: £1,3,029

An open randomised trial of the Arabin pessary to prevent preterm birth in twin pregnancy – STOPPIT – 2

Aspirin for venous ulcers: randomised trial (AVURT)

  • Award winner: Ruth Gilbert
  • Institution: University College London
  • Value: £1,856,285

Preventing infection using antibiotic impregnated long lines (PREVAIL)


Leverhulme Trust

Research Project Grants

  • Award winner: Ian Kenneth Bailiff
  • Institution: Durham University
  • Value: £102,443

Developing new approaches to dating ancient irrigation features

  • Award winner: Michael Fulford
  • Institution: University of Reading
  • Value: £260,639

From Roman England to Roman Britain: rural settlement, society and economy

  • Award winner: Matthew Rampley
  • Institution: University of Birmingham
  • Value: £286,602

Promoting national and imperial identities: museums in Austria-Hungary

  • Award winner: Jon Williamson
  • Institution: University of Kent
  • Value: £222,096

Grading evidence of mechanisms in physics and biology


Arts and Humanities Research Council

Science in Culture Innovation Awards

  • Award winner: Adam Zeman
  • Institution: University of Exeter
  • Value: £64,169.41

The eye’s mind – a study of the neural basis of visual imagination and its role in culture

In detail

Jason Hall, University of Exeter

Award winner: Jason Hall
Institution: University of Exeter
Value: £64,187

Poetry by numbers, then and now: metre, mathematics, machines and manufacture

This project centres on a Latin verse machine, invented by John Clark in the early 19th century, which “composes” lines of poetry in a random sequence. The study aims to discover the competencies, methods and skill sets needed to build such a device, as well as the extent to which the convergence of these specialisms can be put to productive use today to inform restoration projects relating to Britain’s technological heritage. Hall and his team will study the machine and documents relating to its use to try to understand its operation, preserve it and return the device to a functioning state. The project will also construct virtual and actual replicas of the machine.

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