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Research Project Grants 2019

March 2019
Sciences

Professor Manfred Auer
University of Edinburgh
Understanding the biological ramifications of a ‘forbidden’ peptide nullomer
£133,650

Dr Iestyn Barr
Manchester Metropolitan University
Using glaciers to identify, monitor, and predict volcanic activity
£221,194

Dr Roger Behrend
Cardiff University
The combinatorics of alternating sign matrices and plane partitions
£208,057

Dr Pavel Berloff
Imperial College London
Eddy backscatter in primitive equations: mechanism and parameterisation
£245,014

Dr Markus Bindemann
University of Kent
Face detection by humans
£248,611

Professor Martin Buck
Imperial College London
Unravelling signaling for CARF domain functioning in RNA end joining
£342,654

Professor Andrew Burrows
University of Bath
The controlled release of semiochemicals from porous materials for pest control
£291,808

Professor J. Stephen Clark
University of Glasgow
A novel and efficient polyether synthesis based on apparent and latent symmetry
£249,244

Dr Jonathan Codd
University of Manchester
Living inside a box: performance adaptations in turtles
£186,207

Professor Markus Damian
University of Bristol
Does being bilingual work wonders for your brain?
£264,135

Professor Andrew Ellis
University of Leicester
Chemical origins of atmospheric aerosols
£129,321

Professor Emily Farran
University College London
LEGO® construction, spatial thinking and mathematics achievement
£246,703

Dr Ruth Filik
University of Nottingham
Examining the causes and consequences of ‘risky’ reading in older adults
£164,415

Professor Kevin Fowler
University College London
Understanding the coevolution of mitochondrial and nuclear genomes
£280,301

Dr Jonathan Fraser
University of St Andrews
New perspectives in the dimension theory of fractals
£324,135

Dr Elizabeth Fullam
University of Warwick
Photo-active probes for dissecting the mycobacterial glyco-proteome
£212,083

Professor Hartmut Grote
Cardiff University
Search for quantisation of space-time with precision-interferometry
£354,940

Dr Ceri Hammond
Cardiff University
Do zeolite catalysts mimic nature during aqueous phase methane oxidation?
£180,923

Professor Julie Harris
University of St Andrews
Visual salience: patterns that maximally activate the visual system?
£184,893

Dr Thomas Hayward
University of Sheffield
Harnessing complexity: neuromorphic computation with magnetic domain walls
£145,056

Professor Alistair Hetherington
University of Bristol
Investigating the origin and evolution of stomata 
£436,156

Dr Sui Jie
University of Bath
The ubiquitous self: testing the enhanced binding account
£230,517

Dr Zerina Johanson
Natural History Museum
How to tuna fish: drivers of diversity in Pelagiaria (tunas, mackerels and kin) 
£284,912

Dr Matthew Johnson
University of Sheffield
Elucidating metabolic control of photosynthetic membrane structure
£410,504

Professor Cliff Jones
Newcastle University
Separation and interference: learning from the history of concurrency
£138,263

Dr Nick Jones
Imperial College London
The control of mitochondrial populations
£270,436

Professor Malgosia Kaczmarek
University of Southampton
DiG for the future: taming disorder in self-assembled materials with topology
£399,866

Dr Andrew Kerridge
Lancaster University
Tuneable molecules for the exploration of heavy element chemical space
£82,483

Dr Ilya Kuprov
University of Southampton
Inverse quantum theory using deep neural networks
£202,868

Dr Reinhard Maurer
University of Warwick
Tunnelling or electronic friction: what controls hydrogen chemistry on metals?
£175,151

Dr Wesley Moran
University of Huddersfield
Electrochemical synthesis with iodine compounds
£173,251

Dr John Mulley
Bangor University
Decoding dark DNA
£196,897

Dr Nikolai Pedentchouk
University of East Anglia
Deciphering past sea-ice dynamics using novel stable isotope proxies
£220,222

Professor Josephine M Pemberton
University of Edinburgh
Mapping inbreeding depression in the wild
£189,141

Dr Gareth Roberts
Imperial College London
Scaling regimes of landscapes and biodiversity
£166,620

Dr Kazuya Saito
University College London
Does having a good ear promote successful second language speech learning? 
£233,813

Professor Michael Shaver
University of Manchester
Polymeric frustrated Lewis pairs for carbon capture and hydrogenation
£321,264

Dr Helena Shepherd
University of Kent
Synthesis of switchable molecules through mechanochemistry
£175,708

Professor Alexandra Silva
University College London
Verification of machine learning algorithms
£203,928

Professor Alison Smith
John Innes Centre
Origins of starch granule diversity in seeds of the grass family
£485,599

Dr Lisa Smith
University of Sheffield
A plant-specific motor during cell division and seed development
£173,950

Dr Adam Tierney
Birkbeck, University of London
Individual differences in dimensional weighting in speech perception
£118,326

Dr Salvador Tomas
Birkbeck, University of London
Controlling chemical reactivity in the cavity of lipid vesicles
£213,261

Professor Mark Trimmer
Queen Mary, University of London
Temperature and nitrogen modulated nitrous oxide fixation
£285,552

Dr Joseph Wright
University of East Anglia
Metal hydrides probed using muon spectroscopy
£177,755

Dr Yongde Xia
University of Exeter
Porous oxide-based catalytic membrane reactors for carbon dioxide conversion
£209,318
 

Humanities

Dr David Carey
Bangor University
Can cerebral asymmetries be predicted from behaviour?
£116,998

Mr Nick Millea
University of Oxford
Understanding the medieval Gough Map through physics, chemistry and history
£112,242

Dr Emily Selove
University of Exeter
A sorcerer's handbook: medieval Arabic magic in context
£126,588

Professor Jon Williamson
University of Kent
Evidential pluralism in the social sciences
£244,183

Social Sciences

Dr Katy Bennett
University of Leicester
Mapping multiculture: disrupting representations of an ethnically diverse city
£101,183

Professor Jill Porter
University of Reading
Access and higher education: inclusive online learning for deaf students
£218,577

Dr Krystal Wilkinson
Manchester Metropolitan University
An exploration of fertility/pre-conception and work
£85,134

June 2019
Sciences

Professor Dave Adams
University of Glasgow
Spatially- and temporally-controlled photothermal gels
£180,491

Dr Donna Arnold
University of Kent
Designing magnetic materials with new frustrated topographies
£142,016

Dr Patric Bach
University of Plymouth
Social perception as Bayesian hypothesis testing and revision
£462,995

Dr Rebecca Bell
Imperial College London
Why do subductions zones exhibit widely-contrasting seismic behaviour?
£232,968

Professor Robert Beynon
University of Liverpool
Grow fast or keep warm? Protein metabolism in the neonate
£94,823

Dr Mikhail Cherdantsev
Cardiff University
Stochastic homogenisation of high-contrast composites
£216,638

Professor Manish Chhowalla
University of Cambridge
Ultraclean contacts between 2D semiconductors and 3D metals
£119,233

Dr Mingyuan Chu
University of Aberdeen
Giving cognition a helping hand: how gesture facilitates spatial thinking
£122,236

Dr Rachel Crespo Otero
Queen Mary, University of London
Understanding the effect of aggregation in light-emitting organic crystals      
£230,791

Professor Fabio Cuzzolin
Oxford Brookes University
Theory of mind at the interface of neuroscience and AI
£273,366

Dr Simone De Liberato
University of Southampton
Electrical injection of hybrid phonons for low-cost mid-IR devices
£110,974

Dr Barry Denholm
University of Edinburgh
Cell and molecular architecture of a countercurrent exchange system in a beetle
£188,713

Professor Robert Angus William Dryfe
University of Manchester
Electrowetting on conductors: fundamentals and applications
£181,225

Dr Thomas Dyer
University of Dundee
Engineering harbour surfaces to limit colonisation by invasive species
£59,157

Dr Peter Ellis
University of Kent
Mechanisms of meiotic drive: how do genes break Mendel's laws?
£282,284

Dr Katie Jayne Field
University of Leeds
Friend or foe; who wins in the competition for plant resources?   
£464,540

Professor David Goulson
University of Sussex
Unravelling the ecology of mites on bumblebees
£256,881

Professor Ivana Gudelj
University of Exeter
Quantifying the relationship between parasitic growth and host plant damage
£193,611

Dr Jelle Hartong
University of Edinburgh
What is non-relativistic quantum gravity and is it holographic?
£163,317

Professor Jeremy Henley
University of Bristol
What do Kainate receptors do in the brain and how do they do it?
£273,925

Dr Andrew Ho
Royal Holloway, University of London
Intertwined superfluid and density-wave orders in quantum many-body systems
£278,707

Professor David Hodell
University of Cambridge
Human–climate–environment interactions in the lowlands of northern Yucatan 
£314,998

Dr Yongyun Hwang
Imperial College London
Assessing attached eddy hypothesis using quasi-linear approximations
£211,930

Dr Anton Ilderton
University of Plymouth
Uncharted regimes of light–matter interactions
£122,610

Dr Karen Johnston
University of Strathclyde
Catching nucleation in action using surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy
£262,942

Dr Katherine Joy
University of Manchester
Accessing Ancient Solar Records on the Moon
£245,959

Dr Euan Kay
University of St Andrews
Hierarchical reaction networks: nanoscale amplification by molecular replication
£281,592

Professor Mark Leake
University of York
Beyond traditional biometrology: understanding how cells distribute molecules
£249,424

Professor Rohan Lewis
University of Southampton
Comparative palaeontology using nanoscale and 3D imaging
£177,310

Dr Steven Lind
University of Manchester
Sounds of the seaside: breaking wave noise prediction via numerical simulation
£186,551

Professor Martin Lowe
University of Manchester
Cell organisation: an unexpected role for membrane lipids in vesicle traffic
£202,853

Dr Lee Martin
Nottingham Trent University
Chiral and racemic 2D superconductors
£163,913

Professor Thomas Nowotny
University of Sussex
Peripheral olfactory coding: information processing outside the brain
£293,703

Dr Cian O'Donnell
University of Bristol
Generalisable neural learning from noisy synapses
£207,224

Dr Sheehan Olver
Imperial College London
Constructive approximation theory on and inside algebraic curves and surfaces
£243,114

Professor Mark Pagel
University of Reading
The fabric of macroevolution
£183,262

Dr Teuta Pilizota
University of Edinburgh
A physiological approach to understanding osmotically induced growth modulation 
£177,818

Dr Argyris Politis
King's College London
How do membranes communicate with their molecular partners?
£292,249

Professor Phillip Poole
University of Oxford
Imaging bacterial chemotaxis to roots: role of the global regulator PTSNtr
£129,428

Dr Matthew Powner
University College London
3'-amino-TNA: predisposed synthesis and non-enzymatic replication
£288,566

Professor Vivek Ranade
Queen's University Belfast
Oxidative desulphurisation without using any catalyst and external oxidant
£199,097

Dr Neil Rees
University of Birmingham
Recycling critical metals: making catalysts directly from waste
£261,994

Dr Matteo Salvalaglio
University College London
Modelling the structure and assembly of protein low complexity domains
£201,387

Dr Philipp Seib
University of Strathclyde
Engineered substrates for the isolation and expansion of mesenchymal stem cells 
£271,652

Dr Martin Smith
Durham University
A fizzle or a bang: how fast was the Cambrian ‘explosion’?
£499,986

Dr Pavel Tumarkin
Durham University
Reflections and mutations
£197,605

Professor Robert Upstill-Goddard
Newcastle University
Control of air–water gas exchange rates in lakes by natural surfactants
£173,221

Dr Gerben van Ooijen
University of Edinburgh
Dynamic regulation of magnesium and cellular circadian timekeeping
£219,045

Professor Michael Ward
University of Warwick
Glycosylated coordination complexes for luminescent imaging of lectins
£180,472

Dr Nicholas Warren
University of Leeds
Reconfigurable polymers via supramolecular self-sorting
£270,114

Dr Jonathan Wilden
University College London
Electrochemical, bio-inspired activation of molecular oxygen for C–H activation 
£124,981

Dr Elizabeth Wonnacott
University College London
Language learning as expectation: a discriminative perspective
£320,358

Professor Yi Xu
University College London
High quality simulation of early vocal learning
£361,598

Professor Andrei Yafaev
University College London
Diophantine problems related to Shimura varieties
£312,448

Dr Martinus Antonius Zwijnenburg
University College London
Exploring metal-free pathways for hydrogen evolution by polymer photocatalysts
£114,893
 

Humanities

Professor Jocelyn Alexander
University of Oxford
Global soldiers in the cold war: making southern Africa’s liberation armies
£393,789

Dr Matthew Haigh
Northumbria University
Does “Scientists believe…” imply “All Scientists believe…”?
£67,642

Dr Rosalind Love
University of Cambridge
Latin Arthurian literature and the rise of fiction
£194,821

Professor Clare McManus
Roehampton University
Engendering the stage: the records of early modern performance
£314,137

Dr Karen Milek
Durham University
Cohabiting with Vikings: social space in multi-species communities
£311,848

Professor Janet Montgomery
Durham University
Mobility, sex, and the Neolithic transition in Europe
£272,475

Dr Richard Staley
University of Cambridge
Making climate history
£499,958

Social Sciences

Professor Marco Mariotti
Queen Mary, University of London
Economic choices and cognitive diversity: a window to the human soul
£352,071

Dr Ben Worthy
Birkbeck, University of London
Who’s watching parliament? Monitory democracy at Westminster
£51,659

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