Grant winners

December 11, 2008


The EPSRC has announced £250 million in funding to create 44 new doctoral training centres across the UK. They will bring researchers together to address current and future science and engineering challenges and train PhD students. Each will receive between £5 million and £8 million in financial support. The centres are expected to train more than 2,000 PhD students over five years. Seventeen of the new centres will conduct industrial training, equipping students with the business skills to turn ideas into products and services.

Institution: University of Manchester

Industrial doctorate centre in nuclear engineering; Northwest nanoscience doctoral training centre; Nuclear fission research

Institution: University of Birmingham

Formulation engineering; Hydrogen fuel cells and their applications

Institution: University of Reading

Technologies for sustainable built environments

Institution: Cranfield University

Industrial doctorate for UK water industry

Institution: University of Bath

Industrial doctorate centre in digital media, special effects and animation; Sustainable chemical technologies

Institution: University College London

Industrial doctorate centre for bioprocessing engineering leadership; Virtual environments, imaging and visualisation; Financial computing; Urban sustainability and resilience; Photonic systems development; Security science; Molecular modelling and materials science

Institution: University of Surrey

Industrial doctorate centre in micro and nano materials and technologies; Industrial doctorate centre in sustainability for engineering and energy systems

Institution: Newcastle University

Industrial doctorate centre in biopharmaceutical process development

Institution: University of Southampton

Complex systems simulation; Web science; Industrial doctorate centre in transport and environment

Institution: Heriot-Watt University

Industrial doctorate centre in optics and photonics technologies

Institution: Loughborough University

Industrial doctorate centre for innovative and collaborative construction engineering

Institution: University of Bristol

Industrial doctorate centre in systems; Advanced composites centre for innovation and science; Holistic doctoral training centre for chemical synthesis; Doctoral training centre in functional nanomaterials

Institution: University of Cambridge

Assembly of functional nanomaterials and nanodevices

Institution: University of St Andrews

Condensed matter physics

Institution: Queen Mary, University of London

Digital music and media for the creative economy

Institution: University of Nottingham

Efficient power from fossil energy and carbon-capture technologies; Ubiquitous computing for a digital economy

Institution: University of Strathclyde

Wind-energy systems

Institution: University of Leeds

Technologies for a low-carbon future

Institution: Lancaster University

The digital economy innovation centre

Institution: University of Oxford

Systems approaches to biomedical science industrial doctorate centre; Systems biology doctoral training centre; Biomedical engineering at the translational interface of next-generation healthcare

Institution: Imperial College London

Science and application of plastic electronic materials; Theory and simulation of materials; Controlled quantum dynamics

Institution: University of Sheffield

Interdisciplinary energy research; Advanced metallic systems - challenges in global competitiveness


Award winner: Robert Lloyd

Institution: University of Nottingham

Value: £801,000

Maintaining genome integrity: avoiding pathological consequences during DNA replication and repair

Award winner: Tony Carr

Institution: Genome Damage and Stability Centre, Sussex

Value: £5,000

Which DNA polymerase functions during HR-dependent fork restart?

Award winner: Thomas Helleday

Institution: University of Oxford

Value: £887,000

Targeting homologous recombination repair for anti-cancer therapy.

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