Grant winners

August 13, 2009


Seven new projects have been awarded funding under the AHRC's Research Networking Scheme. The financial backing has been provided to encourage the discussion and development of new ideas in specific areas, or to provide solutions to problems through the use of workshops, seminars and other similar research-networking events. Listed below are six of the winners: the seventh project, led by Joss Hands and Jussi Parikka, was published in detail last week.

Award winner: R.W. Bradley

Institution: London School of Economics

Value: £37,166

Choice theory network

Award winner: P. Knight

Institution: University of Manchester

Value: £37,355

Culture of the market network

Award winner: R. Peel

Institution: University of Plymouth

Value: £29,353

Separateness and kinship: transatlantic exchanges 1600-1900

Award winner: A. Rowland

Institution: University of Salford

Value: £26,479

The future of testimony

Award winner: V. Scheid

Institution: University of Westminster

Value: £37,421

Traditional East Asian Medicines Research Network (TEAMsRN): making medical humanities relevant to the globalisation of East Asian medicine

Award winner: J.M. Webber

Institution: Cardiff University

Value: £,5

Reading Sartre: on phenomenology and existentialism


More than £9 million has been awarded by the MRC to four high-throughput sequencing hubs across the UK. The funding seeks to build on existing resources and expertise in the field to create centres of excellence and provide greater insights into genome variation and evolution.

Award winner: John Todd (University of Cambridge)

Institutions: European Bioinformatics Institute, Babraham Institute, NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre

Value: £2,257,596

The Eastern sequence and informatics hub (EASIH)

Award winner: Neil Hall (University of Liverpool)

Institutions: Universities of Sheffield and Manchester

Value: £2,068,064

High-throughput sequencing hub for the North of England

Award winner: Peter Donnelly (University of Oxford)

Institutions: MRC Mammalian Genetics Unit, MRC Functional Genomics Unit, MRC Molecular Haematology Unit, MRC Human Immunology Unit, MRC Mary Lyon Centre, NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre and Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust

Value: £2,284,500

Oxford regional high-throughput sequencing hub


Award winner: R.W. Martin

Institution: University of Strathclyde

Value: £574,658

Ultra-energy-efficient III-nitride/polymer hybrid white LEDs using nanotechnology

Award winner: M.M. Parish

Institution: University of Cambridge

Value: £561,015

Correlated phases in novel superconductors and ultra-cold atomic gases

Award winner: D.S. McPhail

Institution: Imperial College London

Value: £2,322,333

Determination of surface and interface processes in materials science

Award winner: R.K. O'Reilly

Institution: University of Warwick

Value: £104,173

Software-controlled assembly of oligomers

Award winner: R. Vilar Compte

Institution: Imperial College London

Value: £1,259,831

Interaction of metal complexes with DNA and proteins: towards a new generation of therapeutic and imaging agents


Award winner: Mark Blaxter (University of Edinburgh)

Institutions: Universities of Dundee, Glasgow, Aberdeen and the MRC Human Genetics Unit

Value: £2,426,748

Establishment of an MRC sequencing hub at the GenePool

Funding for this project will go towards Scotland's next-generation genomics facility, the GenePool, which is based at the University of Edinburgh. Building on its existing capabilities, it is intended that the facility will be able to deliver to a wider range of biomedical investigators in the Scottish research sector in areas such as cardiovascular disease, psychiatric disorders and cancer. The GenePool will also support major research groups examining the genetics of early development and the pathology and epidemiology of infectious diseases.

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