Grant winners - 22 May 2014

May 22, 2014

Royal Society

Wolfson Research Merit Awards

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

Energy efficiency through advanced optical diagnostics and modelling

  • Award winner: Geoffrey Vallis
  • Institution: University of Exeter

Geophysical fluid dynamics and climate

  • Award winner: Karen Vogtmann
  • Institution: University of Warwick

Outer spaces in geometric group theory


Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Research Grants

Molecular and functional characterisation of protein-lipid interactions at the bacterial host interface

  • Award winner: Alessia Buscaino
  • Institution: University of Kent
  • Value: £382,648

Establishment, maintenance and modulation of heterochromatin domains

  • Award winner: Christopher Whitelaw
  • Institution: University of Edinburgh
  • Value: £301,496

Measurements of telomere length at different life stages as predictive biomarkers of health, reproduction and longevity in dairy cattle

  • Award winner: Emma Robinson
  • Institution: University of Bristol
  • Value: £243,520

Investigating the role of neuropsychological processes in stress induced negative affective states and associated behaviour


Leverhulme Trust

Research Project Grants

Development of a rapid diagnostic test for amphibian chytridiomycosis

Quantitative use of pattern recognition in the analysis of complex data distributions

  • Award winner: Bradley Love
  • Institution: University College London
  • Value: £256,226

Circumventing limits in memory retrieval


The medieval parish churches of Norwich: city, community and architecture

In detail

Jennie Batchelor, University of Kent

Award winner: Jennie Batchelor
Institution: University of Kent
Value: £185,147

The Lady’s Magazine (1770-1818): understanding the emergence of a genre

This will examine the historical and cultural significance of one of the most influential periodicals of its day (and precursor of the modern women’s magazine). It affords a “unique window” into women’s engagement with the world at the turn of the 19th century, Dr Batchelor said. “First, we will produce an annotated index of contributor pseudonyms, which will allow us to analyse career profiles, and list, where we can prove them, the identities of individual magazine authors. Second, we will produce a statistical/interpretive analysis of the magazine’s generic composition as the publication reimagined itself to reflect shifting literary tastes and cultural values over five decades.” The project may serve to “revise our conceptions of Romantic-era print culture”, she added.

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