Grant winners

March 4, 2010

EUROPEAN RESEARCH COUNCIL

The ERC's second Advanced Grants Awards, worth up to EUR3.5 million (£3.1 million), are for established researchers. Life sciences, physical sciences and engineering awards are listed here: others will be published in future issues.

Life sciences

Award winner: Claudio Stern

Institution: University College London

Gene networks controlling embryonic polarity, regulation and twinning

Award winner: Paul Stewart

Institution: University of Birmingham

Pre-receptor cortisol metabolism and human ageing

Award winner: Frank Uhlmann

Institution: Cancer Research UK

A molecular view of chromosome condensation

Award winner: Stephen West

Institution: Cancer Research UK

Defects in DNA strand break repair and links to inheritable disease

Physical sciences and engineering

Award winner: Varinder Aggarwal

Institution: University of Bristol

Revolutionising organic synthesis: efficient one-pot synthesis of complex organic molecules for non-experts

Award winner: Anthony Bell

Institution: University of Oxford

Cosmic ray acceleration, magnetic field and radiation hydrodynamics

Award winner: Jonathan Blundy

Institution: University of Bristol

Critical behaviour in magmatic systems

Award winner: Frederick Cloke

Institution: University of Sussex

Reductive transformations of carbon oxides

Award winner: Russell Cowburn

Institution: Imperial College London

Three-dimensional spintronics

Award winner: Simon Donaldson

Institution: Imperial College London

Geometric analysis, complex geometry and gauge theory

Award winner: Judith Driscoll

Institution: University of Cambridge

Perfectly interfaced nanomaterials for next-generation oxide electronics

Award winner: James Dunlop

Institution: University of Edinburgh

A complete history of massive proto-galaxies

Award winner: Michael Friswell

Institution: Swansea University

Optimisation of multiscale structures with applications to morphing aircraft

Award winner: Raymond Goldstein

Institution: University of Cambridge

Physical aspects of the evolution of biological complexity

Award winner: Georg Gottlob

Institution: University of Oxford

Domain-centric intelligent automated data-extraction methodology

Award winner: Michael Green

Institution: University of Cambridge

Properties and applications of the gauge/gravity correspondence

Award winner: Jon Gregory

Institution: University of Reading

Sea-level change due to climate change

Award winner: Clare Grey

Institution: University of Cambridge

Structure and function: the development and application of novel ex- and in-situ NMR approaches to study lithium-ion batteries and fuel-cell membranes

Award winner: Alexander Halliday

Institution: University of Oxford

New isotope systems for the geosciences

Award winner: Wilhelm Huck

Institution: University of Cambridge

The influence of interfaces, confinement and compartmentalisation on chemical reactions

Award winner: Serafim Kalliadasis

Institution: Imperial College London

Complex interfacial flows: from the nano- to the macro-scale

Award winner: Marta Kwiatkowska

Institution: University of Oxford

From software verification to everyware verification

Award winner: Edmund Linfield

Institution: University of Leeds

Terahertz optoelectronics - from the science of cascades to applications

Award winner: Ian Manners

Institution: University of Bristol

Functional nanomaterials via controlled block copolymer assembly

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European Commission

Award winner: James Woodburn

Institution: Glasgow Caledonian University

Value: EUR3.73 million

A-Footprint

Professor Woodburn and his team will seek to build medical devices to tackle debilitating ankle and foot conditions, which affect about 200 million European citizens. The team will collaborate with institutions across the UK and mainland Europe to develop personalised ankle and foot braces that are cost-effective and can be manufactured rapidly.

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