Grant winners – 23 July 2015

A round-up of recent recipients of research council cash

July 23, 2015
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Royal Society/Academy of Medical Sciences/British Academy

Newton Advanced Fellowships

The scheme provides researchers with a chance to develop the strengths of their research groups through collaboration and reciprocal visits with a UK partner

Identification of proteins conferring protection against dental erosion

Measurements and modelling of anthropogenic pollution effects on clouds in the Amazon

Functional genomics and hormonal regulation of Crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) in a C4-CAM facultative species

Leverhulme Trust

Research project grants

A longitudinal investigation of the development of mimicry in infancy

Biophysical and molecular characterisation of ER-organelle interactions in plant

Designing and validating novel voltage-sensitive dyes for neuroscience research

Probing regulation of the complement system by factor H on biomimetic surfaces

Economic and Social Research Council

Research grants

Nurturing a lexical legacy: understanding the transition from novice to expert in children’s reading development

Buildings in the making: a sociological exploration of architecture in the context of health and social care

International professional fora: a study of civil society organisation participation in internet governance

In detail

Award winner: Robert Hope
Institution: University of Oxford
Value: £177,634

Mobile payment systems to reduce rural water risks in Africa

Community management of handpumps has been the accepted mode of thinking for rural water supply in Africa for 30 years. However, one-third of the handpumps are not functioning at any one time and 35 million more people were without rural water services in 2011 compared with 1990. This project aims to improve handpump management by insuring payment risks. Like insurance products that pool risk of unanticipated events, the team proposes to apply the approach to handpumps in Kenya. Currently, communities must save and pay for maintenance on a case-by-case basis, which is fine until an unexpected repair. These communities, unable to afford repairs, resort to distant and often dirty water sources. The team’s approach brings communities together in a shared financial model, reducing costs by sharing them among handpumps. The project can reduce repair times from more than a month to a couple of days.

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