Grant winners - 3 October 2013

Cancer Research Wales

  • Award winner: Ramsay McFarlane
  • Institution: Bangor University
  • Value: £99,815

Application of systematic genome scale analysis of germ line genes: biomarker and oncogenic potential


Economic and Social Research Council

ESRC–Research Grants Council (Hong Kong) Bilateral Award

  • Award winner: Richard Xiao
  • Institution: Lancaster University
  • Value: £78,769

Comparable and parallel corpus approaches to the third code: English and Chinese perspectives


Leverhulme Trust

Early Career Fellowships

These awards provide salary costs for researchers at the beginning of their academic career, offering them the opportunity for career advancement and enabling them to undertake a significant piece of original publishable research. The awards cover research expenses and salary costs of 50 per cent of fellows’ total salary, to a limit of £23,000

  • Award winner: William Abberley
  • Institution: University of Oxford

Tricks of nature: biology, mimicry and disguise in English culture 1860-1914

  • Award winner: Christos Anastopoulos
  • Institution: University of Sheffield

Understanding the nature of electroweak symmetry breaking (EWSB)

  • Award winner: Harriet Archer
  • Institution: Newcastle University

New poets: writing and authority in 1570s England

  • Award winner: Iain Bailey
  • Institution: University of Manchester

Modernism’s connoisseurs

International Network Grants

  • Award winner: Alistair Jump
  • Institution: University of Stirling
  • Value: £126,5

Assessing ecosystem recovery after extreme drought-related dieback events worldwide

Social sciences

  • Award winner: Ben Anderson
  • Institution: Durham University
  • Value: £76,910

Governing emergencies


Royal Society

Wolfson Research Merit Awards

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

  • Award winner: John Clark
  • Institution: University of York

The automated discovery of software and systems via meta-heuristic search

  • Award winner: Essi Viding
  • Institution: University College London

Refining the neurocognitive phenotype of children with conduct problems

In detail

Grant winner (3 October 2013)

European Union
Marie Curie Initial Training Network

Award winners: James Scourse and Paul Butler
Institution: Bangor University
Value: £2.6 million in total (£600,000 for Bangor)

ARAMACC: annually resolved archives of marine climate change – development of molluscan sclerochronology for marine environmental monitoring and climatology

This pan-European collaborative project uses the shells of very long-lived molluscs as a record of change in the European marine environment over the past 1,000 years. Seashells retain evidence of marine conditions at the time they were produced. “Our use of the oceans has become much more intensive in the past few decades, and this pressure is additional to the effects of rapid climate change,” Dr Butler said. “We need to be able to disentangle the [long-term] combined effects of climate change and human use, so we can distinguish between natural background variation and changes caused by humans. That will help us to predict more accurately changes in the marine climate system, thereby helping governments and industry to take the best policy decisions.”

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