Grant Winners

November 12, 2009

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

Award winner: N.J.K. Howden

Institution: Cranfield University

Value: £93,529

Modelling water-quality response to climate and large-scale land-use change using the world's longest water-quality time series (1868 to date)

Award winner: R. Corstanje

Institution: Cranfield University

Value: £32,562

Towards a general framework to assess scale dependency in environmental covariates

Award winner: R. Hammond

Institution: University of Hull

Value: £66,712

Intraspecific tests of selfishness and enforced altruism in social insects

Award winner: U. Salzmann

Institution: Nerc British Antarctic Survey

Value: £91,863

Southern high-latitude vegetation response to rapid climate change at the Cenozoic greenhouse-to-icehouse transition

Award winner: S.M. Mudd

Institution: University of Edinburgh

Value: £43,984

A coupled geomorphic and geochemical model for testing the dominant controls on chemical weathering rates in eroding landscapes

Award winner: R.F. Katz

Institution: University of Oxford

Value: £55,090

Coupled models of magma/mantle dynamics: melt transport at mid-ocean ridges and subduction zones

Award winner: D.J.P. Moore

Institution: King's College London

Value: £56,961

The response of soil respiration to insect-induced tree mortality: fusing ecophysiological measurements with ecosystem models

Award winner: B.J. Murray

Institution: University of Leeds

Value: £80,168

Quantifying the efficiency with which solid mineral particles nucleate ice when immersed in supercooled water droplets

Award winner: A.C.G. Henderson

Institution: University of Glasgow

Value: £87,466

The centennial-scale response of the Indian monsoon to Holocene climate change: a high-resolution lacustrine isotope record from Peiku Co, Tibet

Award winner: Z. Li

Institution: University of Glasgow

Value: £67,355

GAS: generic atmosphere solutions for radar measurements

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Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Award winner: Andy Sewell

Institution: Cardiff University

Value: £3 million

Comprehensive analysis of T-cell receptor degeneracy and T-cell cross-reactivity

The essential T-cells present in the immune system, which control and protect humans from infection, are the focus of this research project. Working with colleagues from Cardiff's School of Medicine, Professor Sewell will examine the nature of T-cell receptors in detecting foreign antigens, and how this process can lead to harmful autoimmune diseases such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. The results will be used to aid the development of new treatments and therapies for a variety of diseases.

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