Grant winners

January 7, 2010

ROYAL SOCIETY

The Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship scheme supports scientists and engineers at an early stage of their career and is designed to help researchers progress to permanent academic positions across the UK. The Royal Society covers up to 80 per cent of scholars' salaries, estates and indirect costs. Research expenses of up to £13,000 for the first year and up to £11,000 thereafter are also provided.

Award winner: Janet Anders

Institution: University College London

Dynamics of information in quantum many-body systems

Award winner: Jenny Clark

Institution: University of Cambridge

Understanding charge generation in conjugated polymers for better solar cells

Award winner: Tom Dunkley Jones

Institution: Imperial College London

An Earth system model approach to the Eocene-Oligocene climate transition

Award winner: Andreea Font

Institution: University of Cambridge

Constraining the assembly history of local group galaxies

Award winner: Verena Gortz

Institution: University of York

Liquid-crystalline polymer microspheres

Award winner: Jennifer Bizley

Institution: University of Oxford

Sound features in the mammalian brain

Award winner: Veronica Grieneisen

Institution: University of East Anglia

Polarity and cell-shape dynamics

Award winner: Elva Robinson

Institution: University of York

Ant collective organisation in robust networks (ACORN)

Award winner: Sarah Newey

Institution: University of Oxford

Cell-cell signalling during brain development

Award winner: Heather Sibley

Institution: University of Edinburgh

Brain function in high-risk bipolar disorder and schizophrenia

ENGINEERING AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL

These research grants have been awarded as part of the Bright IDEAS scheme, which intends to support genuinely novel and potentially transformative research activities. This round of funding has been awarded solely in the area of materials manufacturing.

Award winner: Andrew Abbott

Institution: University of Leicester

Value: £175,525

High-strength starch-based plastics

Award winner: Martin Booth

Institution: University of Oxford

Value: £241,043

Optical strategies for the manufacture of photonic materials

Award winner: Daren Caruana

Institution: University College London

Value: £253,538

Plasma-olyte

Award winner: Rob Eason

Institution: University of Southampton

Value: £190,025

Nanoparticles on demand via multiphoton absorption (NOVA): the practical nanoparticle-making machine

Award winner: Julian Evans

Institution: University College London

Value: £162,980

The clay aeroplane - step one

Award winner: Chris Bowen

Institution: University of Bath

Value: £165,104

A low-cost route to manufacture nanostructured materials

Award winner: Andrew Mills

Institution: University of Strathclyde

Value: £218,917

Intelligent pigments and plastics

IN DETAIL

Arts and Humanities Research Council

Award winner: Mike Parker Pearson

Institution: University of Sheffield

Value: £800,000

Feeding Stonehenge

This research project sets out to answer key questions about how ancient people lived and ate at Stonehenge. It will develop the research further by analysing the bones of the cows slaughtered in the area 4,500 years ago to discover which areas the cattle - and the Stonehenge visitors - came from. The team also aims to explore the dressing of the sarsen stones, study how the public and private spaces at the nearby Durrington Walls differ from each other and establish in which season animals were culled at Stonehenge and Durrington Walls.

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