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Research Project Grants 2013

Sciences

Dr Patti Adank
University College London
The role of speech motor resonances in spoken language processing
£150,989

Dr James Adelman
University of Warwick
The easyNet system for implementing and visualising cognitive models
£253,912

Dr Mete Atature
University of Cambridge
Revealing magnetic phenomena at oxide interfaces via diamond-based nano-MRI
£249,792

Dr Jennifer Barclay
University of East Anglia
Timing is everything: anticipating future eruptive activity on Ascension Island
£242,932

Dr Benedetta Bassetti
University of York
Effects of orthography on phonology in second language speakers of English: pronunciation, phonological awareness, speech perception and spelling
£181,486

Dr Ian Bastow
Imperial College London
The building of North America: evidence from seismology
£126,349

Dr Marco Beato    
University College London
The tuning of motor circuits by recurrent excitation and inhibition
£196,355

Professor Kai Bongs
University of Birmingham
Understanding and exploiting quantum processes in nature
£249,910

Dr Martin Booth
University of Oxford
Three-dimensional photonic engineering of diamond using adaptive optics
£237,648

Dr Melanie Britton
University of Birmingham
Magnetic resonance imaging of aluminium and zinc electroplating in ionic liquids
£149,951

Dr Mark Brosnan
University of Bath
Computer-delivered social stories to reduce challenging behaviour in ASD
£210,761

Professor Manfred Buck
University of St Andrews
Supramolecular self-assemblies as nanotemplates for electrodeposition
£104,436

Professor Larry Bull
University of the West of England
Embodied evolutionary computing design: vertical axis wind turbine case study
£92,420

Professor Stephen Busby
University of Birmingham
New roles for old transcription factors
£124,368

Professor Roger K Butlin
University of Sheffield
The role of natural selection in divergence between aphid host races
£129,902

Dr Cristian Capelli
University of Oxford
The genetic landscape of southern Africa human populations
£177,880

Dr Paola Carbone
University of Manchester
Effect of responsive copolymers on the structure of phospholipid bilayers
£150,482

Dr Donatella Cassettari
University of St Andrews
Advanced atom traps for precise rotation sensing
£249,791

Dr David Cassidy
University College London
Gravitational free fall experiments with positronium
£147,622

Dr Adrian Chaplin
University of Warwick
Transition metal-based [2]rotaxanes for the investigation of alkane activation
£160,874

Professor Deborah Charlesworth
University of Edinburgh
Evolution of suppressed recombination between the X and Y chromosomes of a plant
£106,696

Dr Victor Chechik
University of York
Chemistry at cold plasma—liquid interfaces
£153,237

Professor David Clary
University of Oxford
Calculation of rates of chemical reactions
£131,003

Professor Hilary Downes
Birkbeck, University of London
Forming the Earth and other rocky planets
£169,716

Professor John Gerard Doyle
Armagh Observatory
The contribution of jets and sporadic events to the coronal heating puzzle
£249,678

Dr Ingrid Dreveny
University of Nottingham
Molecular basis of ciliary trafficking: lessons from Bardet Biedl proteins
£150,721

Dr Denis Drieghe
University of Southampton
Phonological processing during Arabic reading
£155,779

Dr Dorothy Duffy
University College London
Modifying semiconductors by exciting electrons
£158,285

Professor Maurice Elphick
Queen Mary, University of London
Neuropeptide ‘cocktails’: is there a message in the mix?
£119,640

Dr David Fermin
University of Bristol
Novel dehydrogenase-based architectures for electrocatalytic conversion of liquid fuels
£141,512

Professor Vincent Fusco    
Queen’s University Belfast
Near field subwavelength resolution imaging in lossy inhomogeneous media  
£173,435

Dr Elizabeth Gibson
University of Nottingham
Dye-sensitised NiO photocathodes for solar fuel generation
£95,779

Dr Richard Goodey
City University London
Interaction between new and existing buried infrastructure
£155,950

Dr Anjali Goswami
University College London
Walking the cat back: evolutionary mechanics and modularity of felid locomotion
£219,910

Dr David Grainger
University of Birmingham
How do cells protect their genes from pervasive transcription?
£141,388

Professor Murray Grant
University of Exeter
Re-engineering plant defenses to nullify phytopathogen virulence strategies
£200,129

Professor Claire Grierson
University of Bristol
How plant roots cohere with soil
£251,769

Dr Ramon Grima
University of Edinburgh
Pushing the frontiers of stochastic modelling in biology: intrinsic noise in non-dilute conditions
£124,461

Dr Paul Harris
University of Brighton
A mathematical model of the formation and growth of cavities in the spinal cord
£101,947

Professor Elisabeth Hill
Goldsmiths, University of London
The role of motor abilities in the development of typical and atypical social behaviour
£216,005

Dr Richard Holland
Queen’s University Belfast
The mystery of bird migration: testing hypotheses of true navigation
£159,214

Dr Zhaorong Huang
Cranfield University
Self-powered electrochemical promotion of catalysis
£213,370

Professor John Hutchinson
Royal Veterinary College, University of London
The evolutionary biomechanics of sesamoid bones in vertebrate limbs: a synthesis
£284,288

Professor Alan Johnston
University College London
Temporal characteristics of gaze perception
£244,098

Dr Rufus Johnstone
University of Cambridge
Adaptive modelling of human infant growth
£144,340

Professor Gareth Jones
University of Bristol
Ecosystem services, bats and biodiversity: an evidence-based approach in Malawi
£201,136

Dr Mark W Jones
Swansea University
Advanced visualisation techniques for urban modelling/simulation
£89,523

Dr Yuri Kalnishkan
Royal Holloway, University of London
Online self-tuning learning algorithms for handling historical information
£133,964

Dr Aris Karastergiou
University of Oxford
Real time discovery on next generation telescopes with graphics processing units
£230,685

Dr Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern
University of Bath
Wastewater profiling for community-wide human exposure assessment from environmental endocrine-disrupting chemicals in personal care and consumer products
£226,866

Dr Vitaliy Khutoryanskiy
University of Reading
Developing in vitro approaches for testing mucoadhesive drug delivery systems
£160,851

Dr Dmitry Krizhanovskii
University of Sheffield
Soliton phenomena in strongly light-matter coupled microcavities and waveguides: fundamentals and applications
£162,644

Dr Leonid Kulakov
Queen’s University Belfast
A phage metagenomics approach to forecast the evolution of microbial communities
£84,070

Dr Pedro Lacerda
Queen’s University Belfast
A laboratory and telescopic study of the colours of icy solar system objects
£153,609

Professor James Ladyman
University of Bristol
Applying homotopy type theory in logic, metaphysics and philosophy of physics
£177,093

Dr Robert Leech
Imperial College London
Vocal learning and the importance of noise
£175,806

Professor Tim Lenton
University of Exeter
Controls on ocean redox structure and atmospheric oxygen during the Proterozoic
£224,415

Professor Philip Lightfoot
University of St Andrews
New chemical paradigms in the search for quantum spin liquids
£164,036

Professor Adrian Lister
Natural History Museum
Evolutionary patterns in deer on Mediterranean islands
£180,110

Dr Virpi Lummaa    
University of Sheffield
Causes and consequences of parasite infection in Myanmar timber elephants     
£290,467

Professor Stefan Maier
Imperial College London
Nano-particle assisted super-resolution microscopy for live cell imaging
£124,143

Dr Ilya Mandel
University of Birmingham
Testing general relativity with ground-based gravitational-wave observations
£162,185

Dr Louise Martin
University College London
Prehistoric hunting strategies in Jordan: reconstructing prey behaviour and ecology
£252,262

Dr Karen McComb
University of Sussex
Emotional awareness as a basis for social success in a non-human: the domestic horse 
£285,389

Professor Francis McGlone
Liverpool John Moores University
Investigation of the role of 5-HT in psychological responses to affective touch
£235,639

Professor Paul McGraw
University of Nottingham
The effect of abnormal visual experience early in life on cortical representation
£238,184

Mr Anthony Miller
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Conserving the flora of the Socotra Archipelago: integrating evolution into conservation
£237,426

Dr Russell Minns
University of Southampton
High harmonic spectroscopy as a tool for the study of photochemical reactivity
£210,002

Dr Wesley Moran
University of Huddersfield
Iodonium salts: new varieties and novel reactions
£104,664

Professor Philip Mountford
University of Oxford
Synthesis and reactions of novel alkaline earth and rare earth metal-metal bonds
£179,354

Dr Darren Obbard
University of Edinburgh
The phylogenetic origins of antiviral RNAi in animals
£110,307

Dr Cock van Oosterhout
University of East Anglia
Testing a paradigm-shifting new theory of MHC evolution
£224,114

Dr Anastasia Papavasiliou
University of Warwick
Statistical inference of complex systems through rough paths
£197,766

Dr Karen Polizzi
Imperial College London
How does yeast Golgi organisation contribute to protein glycosylation?
£108,160

Professor Robert Poole
University of Sheffield
Carbon monoxide (CO) and CO-releasing molecules (CO-RMs) as adjuvants to antibiotics?
£224,515

Dr Emmanuel Pothos
City University London
Quantum similarity: harnessing the flexibility of human similarity judgments
£98,962

Dr Matthew Powner
University College London
Phosphoro-Strecker reaction: amino acid synthesis and phosphoryl activation
£189,794

Professor Alexander Premet
University of Manchester
Finite W-algebras: quantization and the Gelfand-Kirillov conjecture
£147,507

Professor David Procter
University of Manchester
Asymmetric reductive desymmetrisation of feedstocks by electron transfer
£149,616

Professor Kathleen Rastle
Royal Holloway, University of London
Moving beyond the monosyllable in models of skilled reading
£161,537

Professor Katharine Reid
University of Nottingham
Time-resolved measurements in the molecular frame
£154,132

Dr Luke Rendell
University of St Andrews
Developing a data-driven multi-agent model for studying humpback whale song
£119,556

Dr James Russell
University of Cambridge
The development of episodic foresight in young children: spatiotemporal binding.
£91,398

Professor David Saad
Aston University
Islands of equilibrium in a non-equilibrium world
£155,624

Professor Mark S P Sansom
University of Oxford
Design of biomimetic nanopores
£171,571

Professor Julie Scholes
University of Sheffield
Understanding virulence in Striga, a major parasite of African cereal crops
£241,718

Professor Michael Siva-Jothy
University of Sheffield
Characterising insect haemocyte function in vivo
£244,327

Professor Trevor Smart
University College London
Photo-modulation of native GABA-A receptors in the brain
£299,217

Dr Marie Smith
Birkbeck, University of London
Exploration of typical and atypical development of flexible face-processing strategies
£112,203

Dr Claire Spottiswoode
University of Cambridge
The role of phenotypic plasticity in driving a remarkable adaptive radiation
£183,593

Dr Benjamin W Tatler
University of Dundee
Learning and representing three-dimensional environments from multiple two-dimensional dynamic views
£144,477

Dr Nickolay Trendafilov
Open University
Sparse factor analysis with application to large data sets
£173,257

Dr Abigail Tucker
King’s College London
Evolution of mammals: a comparative study of the developing middle ear
£197,593

Dr James Tucker
University of Birmingham
Expanding the range and versatility of ferrocene nucleic acids
£118,436

Dr Lyudmila Turyanska
University of Nottingham
Colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals with dual functionality
£150,170

Dr Chris Venditti
University of Reading
The evolutionary paths to diversity and innovation
£250,202

Dr Richard Walker
University of Oxford
Climatic, environmental and tectonic influences on prehistoric human development in Iran
£176,559

Professor Michael Ward
University of Sheffield
Redox-based switching of guest uptake and release in a polyhedral cage host
£100,215

Dr Meesha Warmington
University of York
Executive control, working memory and literacy skills in bilingual children
£217,890

Dr Chris Wendl
University College London
Intersections in low-dimensional symplectic field theory
£151,035

Dr Chris West
University of Leeds
Determining the molecular links between transcription and recombination
£181,241

Dr Andrew Wilson
University of Leeds
Towards bionic proteins: tertiary structures from non-natural building blocks
£244,987

Professor Stephen Wimperis
University of Glasgow
Structure and function of immobilised enzymes by solid-state NMR spectroscopy
£160,233

Dr Jonathan Worrall
University of Essex
Fat(al) attraction of cytochrome c: a new approach to study protein-lipid interactions
£162,175

Dr Wolfgang Wüster
Bangor University
Going with the flow? The genetic and genomic basis for snake venom evolution
£101,951

Dr Johannes Zimmer
University of Bath
A novel passage from particles to PDEs far from equilibrium
£192,378

Humanities

Dr Nick Ashton
British Museum
Mapping Palaeolithic Britain: place, space and time
£159,347

Professor Graeme Barker
University of Cambridge
How resilient were Neanderthals and modern humans in southwest Asia to climate change? Reinvestigating Shanidar Cave
£470,805

Dr Silvia M Bello
Natural History Museum
Cutmark micro-morphometrics and the stage of carcass decay: a pilot study using three-dimensional microscopy
£89,389

Dr Paul Botley
University of Warwick
Isaac Casaubon in England (1610–1614): a critical edition of his correspondence
£184,040

Dr Andrew Burnett
British Museum
Coinage, policy and civic life in the Roman imperial provinces at the end of the Severan Age, 218–244 CE
£157,113

Professor Andrew Chamberlain
University of Manchester
An investigation of ancient animal mummies using diagnostic radiographic imaging
£246,725

Professor Guy Cook
King’s College London
People, products, pests and pets: the discursive representation of animals
£249,951

Professor Nicholas Cronk
University of Oxford
Constructing contemporary history in the Enlightenment: Voltaire historian
£115,530

Professor James Crow
University of Edinburgh
Engineering the Byzantine water supply: procurement, construction and operation
£250,795

Dr S William G Davies
University of Southampton
Palaeolithic origins of ceramic technology: innovative and creative revolutions
£136,663

Professor Mark Edmonds
University of York
Working stone, making communities: technology and identity in prehistoric Orkney
£243,207

Professor Clive Gamble
University of Southampton
Seasonality, mobility and storage in Palaeolithic hunting societies
£163,228

Professor Elizabeth Graham
University College London
The role of past human activity in structuring modern landscapes and soils
£210,554

Professor Colin Haselgrove
University of Leicester
(Re)dating Danebury hillfort and later prehistoric settlements in the environs: a Bayesian approach
£242,743

Dr Jules Holroyd
University of Nottingham
Bias and blame: do moral interactions modulate the expression of implicit bias?
£220,608

Professor Ronald E Hutton
University of Bristol
The figure of the witch: the European witch-hunt in full cultural context
£220,799

Professor Richard P Ingham
Birmingham City University
A bilingual thesaurus
£108,329

Professor Adrian Johnstone
Royal Holloway, University of London
Notions and notation: Babbage’s language of thought
£222,540

Professor Geoffrey Khan
University of Cambridge
Untapped manuscripts and reading traditions for a new Biblical Hebrew grammar
£136,175

Dr Marion Löffler
University of Wales 
Knowledge transfer and social networks: European learning and the revolution in Welsh Victorian scholarship
£85,302

Dr William Lyons
University of Bristol
Scripture, dissent and Deaf space: St Saviour’s, Oxford Street
£244,911

Dr Stephen Parker
University of Worcester
Faith on the air: a religious educational broadcasting history c.1920 to present
£219,050

Professor Anne Marie Rafferty
King’s College London
From microbes to matrons: infection control in British hospitals, 1870–1970
£223,827

Professor Lord Colin Renfrew
University of Cambridge
Icon and centre in the Cycladic early bronze age: the implications of Keros
£148,329

Professor Stephen Rippon
University of Exeter
Planning in the early Medieval landscape: technology, society and settlement
£98,381

Dr Leigh Shaw-Taylor
University of Cambridge
Transport, urbanisation and economic development in England, c. 1670–1911
£278,418

Professor Florian Urban
Glasgow School of Art
The New Tenement
£179,389

Mr David Whitley
University of Cambridge
In living memory: the place and uses of learning poetry
£135,677

Dr Abigail Williams
University of Oxford
A new history of reading and authorship in the eighteenth century
£206,386

Professor Matthew Worley
University of Reading
Punk, politics and British youth culture, 1975–1985
£110,569

Social Sciences

Dr Philip Boland
Queen’s University Belfast
From plantation to peace: Derry/Londonderry as the UK’s first City of Culture
£197,819

Dr Lynda Boothroyd
Durham University
Impact of media access and local ecology on beauty ideals in Nicaragua
£249,918

Professor Rupert Brown
University of Sussex
The indirect experience of hate crime: the victim group response
£247,602

Dr Jenny Byrne
University of Southampton
A longitudinal study to explore the impact of pre-service teacher health training on early-career teachers’ roles as health promoters
£56,630

Dr Mitchell Callan
University of Essex
Personal relative deprivation and status consumption
£129,479

Dr Giacinta Cestone
City University London
Internal labour and capital markets in French business groups
£130,070

Professor David Simon Cowan
University of Bristol
Shared ownership: crisis moments
£71,686

Dr Jadunandan Dash
University of Southampton
Assessing current and future tropical cyclone vulnerability in east India
£87,626

Dr Ruth Evans
University of Reading
Death in the family in urban Senegal: bereavement, care and family relations
£135,532

Professor Martin Everett
University of Manchester
Collecting and analysing secondary covert social network data
£247,940

Mr John Forth
National Institute of Economic and Social Research
Workplace employment relations: an Anglo–French study
£218,649

Professor Barry Godfrey
University of Liverpool
After care: youth justice and its long term impacts, 1850–1945
£85,506

Dr Rachel Harris
SOAS, University of London
Sounding Islam in China: a multi-sited ethnographic study
£304,601

Dr Jennifer vanHeerde-Hudson
University College London
The changing socio-economic profile of PPCs and MPs in Britain, 1945–2015
£98,271

Professor Carolyn Hoyle
University of Oxford
Last resorts: decisions and discretion at the Criminal Cases Review Commission
£110,338

Professor Deborah James
London School of Economics and Political Science
Creative interventions: innovation in public legal services after Legal Aid
£122,387

Dr Danny McGowan
Bangor University
Demand shocks and productivity: evidence from a natural experiment
£30,294

Professor Michael Moore
University of Warwick
The finance microstructure approach to the economics of exchange rates
£198,554

Professor Linda Mulcahy
London School of Economics and Political Science
Design and due process: facilitating participation in the justice system
£132,726

Dr Fiona Nunan
University of Birmingham
Networking for fisheries co-management on Lake Victoria, East Africa
£129,556

Dr Theodoros Papaioannou
Open University
Unpacking the role of industry associations in diffusion and governance of health innovations in developing countries
£142,196

Dr Martyn Pickersgill
University of Edinburgh
Neuroscience and family life: the brain in policy and everyday practice
£106,031

Professor Brian Rappert
University of Exeter
Beyond the digital divide: sharing research data across developing and developed countries
£123,228

Professor Chris Reed
University of Dundee
Dialogue-based exploration of argument and mediation space
£188,834

Dr Chris Stiff
University of Keele
Campus citizen behaviours: predicting students’ pro-social behavious
£71,291

Dr Harriet Tenenbaum
University of Surrey
Children’s reasoning about peer rejection based on status
£171,625

Dr Leon Watts
University of Bath
Investing care and appreciating effort in the use of personal communication technology
£135,401

Dr Netta Weinstein
University of Essex
Motivational prosody: a new approach to understanding motivational communication
£189,478

Professor Dirk van Zyl Smit
University of Nottingham
Life imprisonment worldwide: principles and practice
£222,785

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