Grant winners - 5 February 2015

February 5, 2015

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council


The root to stability – the role of plant roots in ecosystem response to climate change

Interplay between phosphorylation and ubiquitination in plant immune signalling homeostasis

Research Grant

  • Award winner: Andrew Thompson
  • Institution: Cranfield University
  • Value: £485,362

Genomics-assisted selection of Solanum chilense introgression lines for enhancing drought resistance in tomatoes


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

  • Award winners: Peter McClintock and Igor Khovanov
  • Institutions: Lancaster University and University of Warwick
  • Value: £971,326 (Lancaster) and about £460,000 (Warwick)

Using physics to understand how ion channels in biological cells function

Standard research

  • Award winner: Joanna Chataway
  • Institution: The Open University
  • Value: £1,178,449

E&ID:USES – The next generation of low-cost energy-efficient appliances and devices to benefit the bottom of the pyramid

  • Award winner: Hengan Ou
  • Institution: University of Nottingham
  • Value: £299,705

Developing a bespoke incremental sheet-forming machine for cranioplasty

Standard Research – NR1

  • Award winner: Nick Hawes
  • Institution: University of Birmingham
  • Value: £340,806

ALOOF: Autonomous learning of the meaning of objects


Leverhulme Trust

Major Research Fellowships

Oshima Nagisa: a politics of cinema

  • Award winner: Alexandra Walsham
  • Institution: University of Cambridge
  • Value: £158,303

The reformation of the generations: age, ancestry and memory in England 1500-1700

In detail

Mick Dumper, University of Exeter

Award winner: Mick Dumper
Institution: University of Exeter
Value: £139,9

Power, piety and people: the politics of holy cities in the 21st century

Does the “holiness” of a city matter in contemporary political and policy analysis, and how does that designation further understanding of conflict generally and, specifically, in cities divided by sectarianism? To explore the question, this project will draw on earlier research done in divided cities such as Belfast and Jerusalem and will look at cities where religion plays a key role in urban development, such as Lhasa, Kyoto, Najaf and Rome. These cities are characterised by particular forms of land use and ownership, by the public performance of rituals such as processions and by significant religious monumental construction. “I would like to see how powerful vested interests are created in holy cities and examine their relations with the state within which they are located,” said Mick Dumper, professor in Middle East politics at the University of Exeter. He thinks that they may “exacerbate state fragility through constraints on state sovereignty and through urban fragmentation”, and that religion’s role in state and city fragility has been “largely overlooked”. The convergence of the “growing religiosity of society…and rapid urbanisation” makes this an “urgent topic” for study, he said.

Times Higher Education free 30-day trial

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Assistant Recruitment - Human Resources Office

University Of Nottingham Ningbo China

Outreach Officer

Gsm London

Professorship in Geomatics

Norwegian University Of Science & Technology -ntnu

Professor of European History

Newcastle University

Head of Department

University Of Chichester
See all jobs

Most Commented

men in office with feet on desk. Vintage

Three-quarters of respondents are dissatisfied with the people running their institutions

A face made of numbers looks over a university campus

From personalising tuition to performance management, the use of data is increasingly driving how institutions operate

students use laptops

Researchers say students who use computers score half a grade lower than those who write notes

Canal houses, Amsterdam, Netherlands

All three of England’s for-profit universities owned in Netherlands

As the country succeeds in attracting even more students from overseas, a mixture of demographics, ‘soft power’ concerns and local politics help explain its policy