Grant winners

October 11, 2012

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCIL

Global Uncertainties Leadership Fellowships

• Award winner: Kim Knott

• Institution: Lancaster University

• Value: £376,917

Ideologies and beliefs: ideological commitment, boundary-making and sacralisation

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR THE REPLACEMENT, REFINEMENT AND REDUCTION OF ANIMALS IN RESEARCH - NC3RS

Project Grants

• Award winner: Melissa Bateson

• Institution: Newcastle University

• Value: £478,643

Assessing cumulative severity in macaques used in neuroscience research

Pilot Study Grants

• Award winner: Christopher Petkov

• Institution: Newcastle University

• Value: £74,888

Individually customisable, non-invasive head immobilisation for primates with the option for voluntary engagement

LEVERHULME TRUST

Research Project Grants

Sciences

• Award winner: Chris Greenwell

• Institution: Durham University

• Value: £240,015

Archaean Earth peptide formation: setting geochemical constraints on the origin of proteins

• Award winner: Todor Gerdjikov

• Institution: University of Leicester

• Value: £82,067

Optogenetic analysis of reward mechanisms in the brain: contributions of the PPN-VTA circuit

• Award winner: Fiona Gill

• Institution: University of Leeds

• Value: £85,002

Investigating biogeochemical evidence for chemosymbiosis at fossil cold seeps

Humanities

• Award winner: Tim Ayers

• Institution: University of York

• Value: £118,832

The building accounts for St Stephen's Chapel, Palace of Westminster, 1292-1366

• Award winner: Pratik Chakrabarti

• Institution: University of Kent

• Value: £221,439

An antique land: Geology, philology and the making of the Indian subcontinent, 1830-1920

Social sciences

• Award winner: John Gaffney

• Institution: Aston University

• Value: £77,055

The nature and process of the construction of contemporary leadership discourse and persona

• Award winner: Susie Scott

• Institution: University of Sussex

• Value: £103,782

A qualitative exploration of asexual identities and practices of intimacy.

IN DETAIL

Research Project Grant

• Award winner: Kasia Szpakowska

• Institution: Swansea University

• Value: £158,220

Ancient Egyptian demonology project: second millennium BC

Some of the most common rituals in the ancient world were those designed to target demons and make use of their power. The residues of these beliefs can be traced in the archaeology of ancient Egypt, but although they played a crucial role in the Egyptian understanding of the cosmos, demons have remained peripheral to most scholarship focusing on Egyptian religion or ancient ritual practice. This project aims to illuminate this darker and more private side of ancient Egyptian religion that affected daily lives, driving individuals to access the supernatural realm through rituals. One of the goals of the project is to help develop the criteria for defining these entities so they can be brought together to construct a modern demonology of ancient Egypt. The team will combine science with traditional humanistic study and digital technology to create an open-ended interdisciplinary collaborative project.

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