Grant winners

August 7, 2008


The STFC's Science in Society Fellowships are aimed at academics with significant research experience who have demonstrated a track record in outreach or communications work.

- Award winner: Maggie Aderin

Institution: University College London

The fellowship will allow the continuation of Dr Aderin's work with the media and as a speaker for schools. She is a scientific space expert for BBC Breakfast and BBC News 24 and is currently researching and developing new programme concepts for the International Year of Astronomy.

- Award winner: Colin Pulham

Institution: University of Edinburgh

This project aims to inspire young people about science, convey the nature of the research process, support teachers in curriculum delivery and promote dialogue between scientists and the public. Demonstration lectures and hands-on workshops highlighting research into the effects of high pressures on selected materials will help achieve these aims.

The STFC's Large Awards Scheme provides funds from £15,000 to £100,000 for projects expected to have significant regional or national impact. Project teams must have strong links with the STFC's scientific research community.

- Award winner: M. Paterson

Value: £85,000

"A Life in Physics": Large Hadron Collider documentary project

- Award winner: C. Bishop

Institution: National Space Centre

Value: £90,000

"Astronomy": UK planetarium show

- Award winner: Maxwell Alexander

Value: £52,300

"The Astronomers": portrait photographs of professional/amateur astronomers


The Leverhulme Trust offers awards for the support of research and education across all subject areas, with annual funding totalling £40 million. At its most recent trustee meeting, it announced the winners of a number of grants.

Applied sciences

- Award winner: Thomas J. Joyce

Institution: Newcastle University

Value: £151,449 over 30 months

Design and manufacture of simulator for testing shoulder prostheses

- Award winner: Simon Harper

Institution: University of Manchester

Value: £112,187 over 24 months

SCweb2: senior citizens and Web 2.0

- Award winner: Dan Nicolau

Institution: University of Liverpool

Value: £176,160 over 36 months

Fungal behaviour in microfluidics structures

- Award winner: Peter Markowich

Institution: Cambridge University

Value: £222,478 over 36 months

Kinetic and mean field partial differential models for socioeconomic processes

Basic sciences

- Award winner: Anna Amtmann

Institution: University of Glasgow

Value: £223,446 over 36 months

Remember last time? Stress memory and its relation to stress intolerance in plants

- Award winner: Evelyn Buckwar

Institution: Heriot-Watt University

Value: £77,480 over 24 months

Investigation of stability issues for stochastic differential equations (SDEs) and for numerical algorithms for SDEs

- Award winner: Lesley Cohen

Institution: Imperial College London

Value: £187,689 over 36 months

Defects in 2D frustrated prototype spin ice systems

- Award winner: Andrew Cooper

Institution: University of Liverpool

Value: £213,495 over 36 months

Microporous organic polymers for ambient temperature gas storage

- Award winner: Robin Huw Crompton

Institution: University of Liverpool

Value: £221,466 over 36 months

Pads versus claws in arboreal locomotion: mechanics of predator-prey relationships

- Award winner: Trevor Dale

Institution: Cardiff University

Value: £149,391 over 36 months

Engineering protein fibres with nucleic acids

- Award winner: Stephen Donkin

Institution: £134,741 over 36 months

Value: University of York

Invariant theory and applications

Award winner: Walter Federle

Institution: University of Cambridge

Value: £129,212 over 36 months

Nepenthes pitcher traps and counteradaptations of specialised ants

Award winner: Franca Fraternali

Institution: King's College London

Value: £140,383 over 36 months

Role of surface flexibility in protein interaction networks

Award winner: Susan Gathercole

Institution: University of York

Value: £135,059 over 36 months

The impact of training on everyday use of working memory in the classroom

Award winner: Juan Antonio Valiente Kroon

Institution: £83,732 over 24 months

Value: Queen Mary, University of London

Analysis of initial data at isotropic singularities and its evolution

Award winner: Adrian Linacre

Institution: University of Strathclyde

Value: £118,979 over 36 months

Identification of CITES in listed species in traditional East Asian medicines

Award winner: Graeme D Ruxton

Institution: £43,495 over 12 months

Value: University of Glasgow

Missing midges: a first field demonstration of predator confusion

Award winner: Ari Sadnandom

Institution: £97,497 over 24 months

Value: University of Glasgow

Ubiquitinated suppressors of plant immunity

Award winner: Karl Sandeman

Institution: University of Cambridge

Value: £14,880 over 24 months

Towards magnetic refrigeration: magentostriction and spin states in Co-Mn-Si

Award winner: Vincent Savolainen

Institution: £228,709 over 36 months

Value: Imperial College London

Global patterns of diversification and dispersal in monocotyledonous plants

Award winner: Joe Silk

Institution: £230,2 over 36 months

Value: University of Oxford

Citizen Science: Image processing via the wisdom of crowds

Award winner: David Smith

Institution: £123,370 over 36 months

Value: University of York

Insights into chemical evolution - amplification/catalysis in gel formation

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