The Leverhulme Trust Board are pleased to announce the first of four winners of its 2020 Leverhulme International Professorships award, each of whom will receive up to £5m over five years. The competition was designed to encourage universities to recruit world-class research leaders of any nationality, currently working outside the UK, to fill global research leadership positions in this country. Leverhulme International Professors will contribute significantly to the university’s strategic aims and objectives, reshaping an existing area or field of study, or branching out into new areas or disciplines.
The Trust supports research of outstanding originality and quality, which is fundamental or curiosity-driven, multi-disciplinary and often high risk. Applicants were therefore invited to be bold in compiling their bids and the choice of research topic was open to the applicant university. The quality of the bids was exceptionally high and the task of selecting just four was correspondingly challenging.
Niall FitzGerald, Chairman of the Trust Board, said:
“Through the Leverhulme International Professorship scheme the Trust aims to maintain the UK’s international standing as a world renowned research destination; open to outstanding talent and ideas from around the globe. We are delighted to confirm that the Trust has committed an initial £100m to this programme over the next 5 years.”
The first of these appointments is Professor Teresa Carlomagno who will lead the Biomolecular Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) national facility at the University of Birmingham.
NMR allows for the study of 3D structures and interactions of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, lipids and metabolites; providing scientists with insights into the molecular mechanisms underlying biological systems, human health, cancer progression and infectious diseases.
Professor Laura Green OBE, Head of the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham comments;
“The NMR is an exceptionally important facility within the University. We are thrilled that Professor Carlomagno is joining the University of Birmingham to advance the uses of NMR to answer important questions in biology and medicine.”
Further details of the other three winners will be announced soon, but we can tell you they will be based at the following universities:
- Imperial College London
- University of Cambridge
- University of Oxford