Grant winners

February 21, 2008

European Research Council

Forty-one UK researchers have won European Research Council "starting independent research grants". Below we publish details of 18 winners, following on from the details of 23 winners published in last week's issue. The grants provide between EUR500,000 (£357,000) and EUR2 million over five years for researchers to study at institutions of their choice. The greatest number of grants went to German researchers, followed by Italian, French and British researchers. The ERC expects roughly 300 proposals across the European Union to be funded overall. List is by alphabetical order of institution.

Award winner: Rosalind Rickaby

Institution: University of Oxford

Category: Earth system science

Award winner: Graham Taylor

Institution: University of Oxford

Category: Engineering sciences

Award winner: Claire Vallance

Institution: University of Oxford

Category: Material and chemical sciences

Award winner: Permission to publicise name not granted

Institution: University of Oxford

Category: Evolutionary, population and environmental biology

Award winner: William Percival

Institution: University of Portsmouth

Category: Universe science

Award winner: Francesca Lodovico

Institution: Queen Mary, University of London

Category: Fundamental constituents of matter

Award winner: Cathy Craig

Institution: Queen's University Belfast

Category: The human mind and its complexity

Award winner: Virpi Lummaa

Institution: University of Sheffield

Category: Evolutionary, population and environmental biology

Award winner: Jon Slate

Institution: University of Sheffield

Category: Evolutionary, population and environmental biology

Award winner: Antonio Guarino

Institution: University College London

Category: Individuals and organisations

Award winner: Nicoletta Kessaris-Tekki

Institution: University College London

Category: Molecular, cellular and developmental biology

Award winner: Thomas Mrsic-Flogel

Institution: University College London

Category: Neurosciences

Award winner: Nicola Pavoni

Institution: University College London

Category: Individuals and organisations

Award winner: Felix Baumberger

Institution: University of St Andrews

Category: Condensed matter in physics and chemistry

Award winner: Michael Smith

Institution: University of St Andrews

Category: Institutions, behaviour, values and beliefs

Award winner: Lucia Quaglia

Institution: University of Sussex

Category: Institutions, behaviour, values and beliefs

Award winner: Milja Kurki

Institution: (Wales) Aberystwyth University

Category: Institutions, behaviour, values and beliefs

Award winner: Rachel Edwards

Institution: University of Warwick

Category: Engineering sciences

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

Award winner: Alistair Pike

Institution: University of Bristol

Value: £101,841

Dating the Palaeolithic cave art of the Iberian peninsula by uranium-series

Award winner: Claus-Dieter Hillenbrand

Institution: British Antarctic Survey

Value: £60,988

Reliable dating of the postglacial ice retreat in West Antarctica by an integrated palaeomagnetic and radiocarbon approach

Award winner: Jonathan Carrivick

Institution: University of Leeds

Value: £74,591

Modelling rapid landscape change due to outburst floods

Award winner: Jan Kaiser

Institution: University of East Anglia

Value: £121,383

Isotopic signature of nitrate in the remote troposphere

Award winner: D. Greig

Institution: University College London

Value: £76,501

A screen for recessive yeast hybrid sterility genes

Award winner: S. R. Arnold

Institution: University of Leeds

Value: £88,095

Investigating key uncertainties in models of tropospheric photochemistry

Award winner: C. L. Peacock

Institution: University of Southampton

Value: £52,111

Mechanisms of trace-metal incorporation in ferromanganese deposits: implications for reconstructing ocean history

Award winner: W. O. H. Hughes

Institution: University of Leeds

Value: £87,599

Host resistance and within-host competition between leaf-cutting ant parasites with opposing transmission strategies

MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL

Award winner: Richard John Hayes

Institution: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Value: £604,200

Intravaginal practices in Tanzania and Uganda: relationships with the vaginal microenvironment, HIV and other STIs

Award winner: Ervin Fodor

Institution: University of Oxford

Value: £1,157,052

Molecular interactions between the transcriptional machinery of influenza virus and the host cell

ENGINEERING AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL

Award winners: Chris Binns (University of Leicester), Ramin Golestanian (University of Sheffield)

Value: £300,222 (Leicester), £73,337 (Sheffield)

The Casimir force in complex topologies and its utility in nanomachines

Award winners: Philip Withers (University of Manchester), David Nowell and Fionn Dunne (University of Oxford), Martin Bache (Swansea University)

Value: £365,958 (Manchester), £290,782 (Oxford), £235,620 (Swansea)

Structural integrity of components with deep compressive residual stresses

Award winner: Stephen Creagh

Institution: University of Nottingham

Value: £126,811

Squeezing light from optical resonators

Award winners: Pavlos Lagoudakis and Alexei Kavokin

Institution: University of Southampton

Value: £414,239

Spin currents and superfluidity of microcavity polaritons

Award winner: Peter Pietzuch

Institution: Imperial College London

Value: £515,840 and £299,175

Smart flow extendable event-based middleware and DISSP (dependable internet-scale stream processing)

Award winner: Nigel Wilding

Institution: University of Bath

Value: £297,414

Simulation studies of colloidal phase behaviour: beyond effective one-component models

Award winner: Sarah Waters

Institution: University of Oxford

Value: £307,726

New mathematical models for perfusion bioreactors in tissue engineering

Award winner: Chris Hunter

Institution: University of Sheffield

Value: £362,424

Molecular recognition as a probe of solvation phenomena

Award winner: Jianhua Shao

Institution: Cardiff University

Value: £9,646

International workshop on advances in database research

Award winner: Bernd Fischer

Institution: University of Southampton

Value: £300,008

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