Grant winners – 23 February 2017

A round-up of academics awarded research council funding

February 23, 2017
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National Institutes for Health Research

Health Services and Delivery Research grants

Drivers of Demand for Emergency and Urgent CarE (DEUCE)


An evidence synthesis of holistic services for refractory breathlessness in advanced malignant and non-malignant disease


Relationship between care home staffing and quality of care: a mixed methods approach


Public Health Research grant

EXILENS: Exploring the Impact of alcohol Licensing in England and Scotland: a mixed-method, natural experiment evaluation of public health engagement in alcohol premises licensing and impact on alcohol-related harms


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Research grants 

Deformed shape optimisation for elastic bodies


 Solid state superatoms


 Modelling sperm-mucus interactions across scales


Controlling viscous fingering with fluid-structure interactions


Science and Technology Facilities Council

Research grants

Directional assessment of radiation sources


Understanding the dynamical solar atmosphere


Testing the foundations of cosmology


In detail

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Research grant

Award winner: Michael Bok

Institution: University of Bristol

Value: £304,823

Looking with gills: the evolution and function of distributed visual systems in fan worms with a view to future resilient sensor arrays

Marine fan worms are among Earth’s oddest known creatures: they live on the sea floor in tubes of hardened mucus and have protruding fans of tentacles (radioles). Among other functions, the radioles are used for vision. Some species of marine fan worm have just two eyes on the end of each tentacle, while others have hundreds on each tentacle. As these may be unique evolutionary developments, marine fan worms are valuable in explorations of the origin of visual sensory systems. Michael Bok will study radiolar eyes using computational, molecular and neurobiological approaches, including using new sequencing techniques to identify the genes involved with detecting light. He will use his findings to create a simple model for distributed optical sensory arrays, which will contribute to biomimetic robotics.

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