Grant winners

February 12, 2009


RCUK has announced £12 million of funding for its science bridges scheme, which encourages collaborations between UK universities and institutions in China, India and the US. It promotes research with strong international alliances and close links with business.

Principal investigator: G.W. Irwin

Institutions: Queen's University Belfast, Tsinghua University and Zhejiang University

Value: £875,108

UK-China science bridge in sustainable energy and the built environment

Principal investigator: C.X. Wang

Institutions: Heriot-Watt University, University of Edinburgh, University of Bristol, University of Southampton, University of Bedfordshire, University College London and a Chinese consortium

Value: £939,623

UK-China science bridge: research and development on 4G wireless mobile communications

Principal investigator: W.J. Davies

Institutions: Lancaster University and several labs in China

Value: £1,330,641

Water availability and quality: natural environments, domestic use and food production

Principal investigator: P.D. Coates

Institutions: University of Bradford and various Chinese institutions

Value: £1,266,655

Science bridge: Bradford-China programme for pharmaceutical sciences and medical technology

Principal investigator: P.A. Davies

Institutions: Aston University and Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

Value: £1,465,899

Bioenergy: technology and business solutions for the UK

Principal investigator: P.E. Urwin

Institutions: University of Leeds and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and Indian Agricultural Research Institute

Value: £898,919

Sustainable Indo-UK agricultural initiative

Principal investigator: K. Shakesheff

Institutions: University of Nottingham, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore

Value: £758,480

Biopharm 2020: entrepreneurial opportunities for Indian/UK scientists in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries

Principal investigator: C.J. Humphreys

Institutions: University of Cambridge and University of California, Santa Barbara

Value: £1,480,152

Harnessing materials for energy

Principal investigator: A.I. Ferguson

Institutions: University of Strathclyde, University of St Andrews, Heriot-Watt University, University of Glasgow, Stanford University and the California Institute of Technology

Value: £1,605,922


Principal investigator: S.J. Gaskell

Institutions: University of Manchester and the Centre for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology, Boston

Value: £1,324,412

Innovative technology for healthcare delivery


Economic and Social Research Council

Programme leader: Eleanor van den Heuvel

Institution: Brunel Institute for Ageing Studies (BIAS)

Value: £1.6 million

Tackling social taboos associated with ageing

This three-year project will examine ageing and incontinence, focusing on treatments, assistive technologies and environmental barriers. It is substantially backed by the "dynamics of ageing" programme, a cross-council funding scheme. BIAS is leading the project, with research also carried out by teams at the Royal College of Art, the University of Manchester, the University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University, Bristol Urological Institute, Southmead Hospital and the University of the West of England.

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