Grant winners

March 13, 2008

Arts and Humanities Research Council

This round of research grants has been awarded to support high-quality research whose speculative or exploratory nature means that results are uncertain and outcomes cannot be guaranteed. The work might also involve a significant degree of risk.

- Award winner: Hilary Dalke

Institution: Kingston University

Value: £130,254

Multi-sensory design interventions in perception of environments

- Award winner: Yvonne Rogers

Institution: The Open University

Value: £165,947

Extending our sense and self through designing novel technologies

- Award winner: Chris Scarre

Institution: University of Durham

Value: £134,992

The buried Neolithic landscape of Herm (Channel Islands)

- Award winner: John Swinton

Institution: University of Aberdeen

Value: £163,754

Understanding the spiritual lives of people with profound learning disabilities: a community-oriented action research approach

Medical Research Council

- Award winner: David Stuart

Institution: University of Oxford

Value: £1,710,000

A UK national protein production facility for biomedically driven structural proteomics

- Award winner: Kim Nasmyth

Institution: University of Oxford

Value: £1,525,364

Chromosome segregation in mammalian meiosis

- Award winner: Philip Woodman

Institution: University of Manchester

Value: £1,303,780

His domain phosphotyrosine phosphatase (HDPTP), a key regulator of endocytic trafficking and receptor downregulation

- Award winner: Tomoyuki Tanaka

Institution: University of Dundee

Value: £1,259,040

Mechanisms ensuring sister kinetochore bi-orientation on the mitotic spindle

Data from Thomson Scientific’s Essential Science Indicators, 2005-07
Paper Citations
Author(s), Journal 
1 %3Cb%3EAn index to quantify an individual’s scientific research output %3C/b%3EJ. E. Hirsch, %3Ci%3EPNAS: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America%3C/i%3E,02 (46): 16569-16572 15 Nov 200570
2 %3Cb%3EDoes the h-index for ranking of scientists really work%3F%3C/b%3E L. Bornmann and H. D. Daniel, %3Ci%3EScientometrics%3C/i%3E 65 (3): 391-392 Dec 200522
3 %3Cb%3EComparison of the Hirsch-index with standard bibliometric indicators and with peer judgment for 147 chemistry research groups%3C/b%3E A. F. J. Van Raan, %3Ci%3EScientometrics%3C/i%3E 67 (3): 491-502 June 200614
4 %3Cb%3EOn the h-index – a mathematical approach to a new measure of publication activity and citation impact%3C/b%3E W. Glanzel, %3Ci%3EScientometrics%3C/i%3E 67 (2): 315-321 May 200612
5 %3Cb%3EUsing the h-index to rank influential information scientists%3C/b%3E B. Cronin and L. Meho, %3Ci%3EJournal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology%3C/i%3E 57 (9): 15-18 July 200611
6 %3Cb%3EIs it possible to compare researchers with different scientific interests%3F%3C/b%3E P. D. Batista, M. G. Campiteli, O. Kinouchi and A. S. Martinez %3Ci%3EScientometrics%3C/i%3E 68 (1): 179-189 July 200611
7 %3Cb%3EAn informetric model for the Hirsch-index%3C/b%3E, L. Egghe and R. Rousseau, %3Ci%3EScientometrics%3C/i%3E 69 (1): 121-129 April 200610
8 %3Cb%3EWhat do we know about the h index%3F%3C/b%3E L. Bornmann and H. D. Daniel, %3Ci%3EJournal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology%3C/i%3E 58 (9): 1381-1385 July 20073
In late 2005, Jorge E. Hirsch, professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego, published an article describing the h-index, which he called “a useful index to characterise the scientific output of a researcher”. This paper (which can be viewed at %3Ca href%3D""target%3D_blan...) has been cited 90 times as of this writing. A survey of the current edition of Thomson Scientific’s Essential Science Indicators database reveals that the h-index is the hottest topic in information science today. The same database lists a Research Front, derived from co-citation analysis, with eight core papers (see left), including that by Professor Hirsch, that have collectively attracted more than 150 citations. Professor Hirsch himself recently published another paper on this subject: “Does the h-index have predictive power%3F,” %3Ci%3EPNAS%3C/i%3E, 104(49): 19193-8, 26 November 2007. Professor Hirsch describes the h-index thus: “A scientist has an index h if h of his or her Np papers have at least h citations each and the other (Np – h) papers have less than or equal to h citations each.” Np is the number of papers published over n years. Professor Hirsch found that among the physicists he surveyed, Edward Witten – a mathematical physicist at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, and a pioneer in string theory and related areas – had the highest h-index: 110. “That is,” he explained, “Witten has written 110 papers with at least 110 citations each.” Professor Hirsch argued that “h is preferable to other single-number criteria commonly used to evaluate scientific output of a researcher”, and he listed total papers, total citations, citation per paper, number of significant papers (defined as the number of papers with more than a certain number of citations), and number of citations to each of a researcher’s q most cited papers (for example, q %3D 5).

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

- Award winner: Richard Phillips

Institution: University of Cambridge

Value: £747,158

Coherent matter in semiconductor microcavities: non-equilibrium polariton condensates

- Award winner: Stephen Eichhorn

Institution: University of Manchester

Value: £425,496

Hybrid electrospun fibres from biomass-based carbon nanostructures

- Award winner: Peter Sewell

Institution: University of Cambridge

Value: £840,709

Reasoning with relaxed memory models

- Award winner (Institution): Alan Smaill (University of Edinburgh), Andrew Ireland (Heriot-Watt University), Simon Colton (Imperial College London)

Value: £518,935 (Edinburgh), £74,143 (Heriot-Watt), £77,901 (Imperial)

A cognitive model of axiom formulation and reformulation with application to AI and software engineering

- Award winner: Dhiraj Pradhan

Institution: University of Bristol

Value: £2,760

Synthesis and optimisation of designs based on novel canonical algebraic structures

- Award winner: Ursel Bangert

Institution: University of Manchester

Value: £30,6

Electron energy-loss spectroscopy of individual ions implanted into carbon nanostructures

- Award winner: Phil Purnell

Institution: University of Warwick

Value: £98,718

NACNet: New Applications for Cement-type materials Network

- Award winner: George Buchanan

Institution: University of Swansea

Value: £260,700

Document triage in the information-seeking process

- Award winner: Adam Squires

Institution: University of Reading

Value: £292,291

New methods for producing and analysing nanostructured self-assembled lipid mesophases with bi-continuous cubic topology as supported thin films

- Award winner: Alex Simpson

Institution: University of Edinburgh

Value: £349,861

Linear observations and computational effects

- Award winner: Guenter Moebus

Institution: University of Sheffield

Value: £402,642

Nanoparticle and element distribution studies of ion implantation processes

- Award winner: Philip Lightfoot

Institution: University of St Andrews

Value: £332,854

New fluoride-based magnetoelectrics

- Award winner: Faron Moller

Institution: University of Swansea

Value: £65,235

British Colloquium for Theoretical Computer Science 2008-10

- Award winner (Institution): Michael Fisher (University of Liverpool), Sandor Veres (University of Southampton)

Value: £385,283 (Liverpool), £433,903 (Southampton)

Engineering autonomous space software

- Award winner: Simon Blackburn

Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London

Value: £14,063

Combinatorics and wireless sensor networks

- Award winner (Institution): Thomas Walther (University of Sheffield), Asen Asenov (University of Glasgow), David Leadley (University of Warwick)

Value: £309,510 (Sheffield), £376,004 (Glasgow), £1,030,238 (Warwick)

Renaissance germanium

- Award winner: Ken Evans

Institution: University of Exeter

Value: £562,106

Auxetic textiles for blast mitigation

- Award winner: Abbie McLaughlin

Institution: University of Aberdeen

Value: £250,852

Colossal magnetoresistance in cuprates?

- Award winner (Institution): Julie Yeomans (University of Surrey), Jingzhe Pan (University of Leicester)

Value: £90,754 (Surrey), £4,730 (Leicester)

Modelling constrained shrinking and cracking

- Award winner: Alessandro Astolfi

Institution: Imperial College London

Value: £24,977

Tutorials and workshop: analysis and design of nonlinear control systems

- Award winner (Institution): Michael Ashfold (University of Bristol), Ravi Silva (University of Surrey)

Value: £3,107 (Bristol), £437,528 (Surrey)

Pulsed laser synthesis of functional nanomaterials

- Award winner: Colin Leach

Institution: University of Manchester

Value: £101,262

SEM-based technique for local property measurements in electroceramic thick/thin films: proof of principle.

Award winner: Stephen Mann

Institution: University of Bristol

Value: £307,053

Self-assembled gold nanoparticle chains for nanoplasmonics

Award winner: Richard Coles

Institution: Birmingham City University

Value: £290,016

The analysis of wellbeing parameters operating within the environment of castle vale – the application of systems approaches (a pilot study)

Award winners (institution): Jon Cooper (University of Glasgow), Richard Michael Berry (University of Oxford)

Value: £1,267,175 (Glasgow), £135,2

Listening to the micro-world

Award winners (institution): Pam Thomas (University of Warwick), Mike Glazer (University of Oxford)

Value: £185,776 (Warwick) £288,487

Crystallography and properties of lithium niobate-tantalate solid solutions: towards novel optically isotropic, electrically polar materials

Award winners (institution): George Fraser (University of Leicester), Gao Min (Cardiff University), David Leadley (University of Warwick), Phil Meeson (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Value: £8,952 (Leicester), £268,023 (Cardiff), £1,100,713 (Warwick), £284,408 (Royal Holloway)

On-chip milliKelvin electronic refrigerator for astronomical and quantum device applications

Award winner: Richard Adams

Institution: University of Cambridge

Value: £408,805

Quantifying cell behaviour in morphogenesis

Award winner: Robin Nicholas

Institution: University of Oxford

Value: £488,248

Experimental studies of graphene-carbon nanotube heterojunctions

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