Grant winners - 26 September 2013

September 26, 2013

Leverhulme Trust

Research Project Grants

  • Award winner: Marco Beato
  • Institution: University College London
  • Value: £196,355

The tuning of motor circuits by recurrent excitation and inhibition

The role of natural selection in divergence between aphid host races

Effect of responsive copolymers on the structure of phospholipid bi-layers

Social sciences

Impact of media access and local ecology on beauty ideals in Nicaragua

Personal relative deprivation and status consumption


Natural Environment Research Council

  • Award winners: Peter Golyshin, Davey Jones and Nathalie Fenner
  • Institution: Bangor University
  • Value: £440,000

Characterisation of the nature, origins and ecological significance of dissolved organic matter in freshwater ecosystems

Catalyst Grant

Beyond biorecovery: environmental win-win by biorefining of metallic wastes into new functional materials


Royal Society

Wolfson Research Merit Awards

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

Re-engineering plant and crop root systems architecture

Quantum simulators and sensors with ultracold atoms

Discovery, biosynthesis and bioengineering of novel bioactive natural products

In detail

Arts and Humanities Research Council

Award winner: Mark J. Cartledge
Institution: University of Birmingham
Value: £574,512

Megachurches and social engagement in London

This project aims to investigate the social engagement of “megachurches”, defined as those attracting more than 2,000 worshippers a week; there are presently 10 such churches in London. The research will focus on the significance of this participation for public theology and aims to elucidate the policy implications for religion and society. Given the multicultural nature of megachurches, the empirical data gathered will be analysed in relation to transnationalism, globalisation and urbanisation, as well as religious social capital and theological motivations. Besides producing academic papers, the team will work with the government and voluntary sector bodies to facilitate dialogue, and will disseminate research findings via a policy report, website, podcasts, conferences for stakeholders, media outlets and public talks and lectures.

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