Grant winners – 4 February 2016

A round-up of recent recipients of research council cash

February 4, 2016
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Royal Society

University research fellowships

Where particle physics meets cosmology: searching for dark matter at the LHC

The prokaryotic prehistory of the eukaryotic cell

Low loss hollow core-photonic crystal fibres for mid-ir (2.5-12 µm) applications

Amplitudes, strings, and branes

Defining molecular mechanisms of macropinosome processing and remodelling

Leverhulme Trust

Research project grants

The Irish and British famine, 1845–50: comparing lives lost and lives saved

Recovering the earliest English language in Scotland: evidence from place names


Effects of social and practical experience on tool manipulation skills in small apes

Arts and Humanities Research Council

smART cities and waste: developing an arts-led interdisciplinary network for waste management and treatment innovation

Sensations of Roman life: reconstructing and experiencing a multisensory virtual reality environment

  • Award winner: Andrea Liggins
  • Institution: University of Wales Trinity Saint David
  • Value: £35,946

Cross-pollination: re-valuing pollinators through arts and science collaboration

In detail

Award winners: Jon Dovey (PI) and Tom Abba, Kate Pullinger and Ian Gadd, and Matt Hayler
Institutions: University of the West of England, Bath Spa University and the University of Birmingham
Value: ~£800,000 (£630,327 – AHRC contribution)

Ambient Literature

“We want to develop the idea of the augmented book, how can digital content add to the experience of a narrative on page or screen? We’re especially excited about how content made available in particular places, the train, the cafe, the bus station, might add to the reader’s experience,” said Jon Dovey, professor of screen media in the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries, and Education at the University of the West of England. “So, in part this is about what happens when data in our environment aspire to literary form. We’re going to ask how situated literary experiences can be delivered through pervasive media systems.” The project draws upon “performance, audio walks and creative writing to commission three new works by contemporary authors that will demonstrate the power of situated literary experience”.

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