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New research grants and contracts – University of Reading

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New research grants and contracts

Each month, we take a look at some of the new research grants and contracts which have been awarded to the University of Reading.

September 2013

The total amount of money awarded in research grants and contracts in September was £1,608,331. The grants awarded ranged from £4,088 to £872,836, and this money came from a number of national and international sources including UK Government departments, the European Commission, research councils, industry, other research institutions and charitable trusts.

Dr Julie Hawkins, School of Biological Sciences, received £872,836 from the European Commission for the project 'Phylogenetic exploration of medicinal plant diversity', which was the single largest award for September. The project's scientific aim is to develop new approaches and technologies for selection of plants with potential as drugs, and for the safe and sustainable use of plant resources as medicines. The project focuses on training young researchers in the areas of biodiversity-driven drug lead discovery and the medicinal use of plants.

The University of Reading is one of 10 full partners working on the project, alongside two industrial partners and partners from eight other countries. The School of Biological Sciences team will be working with four associate partners, the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the University of Aberdeen and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). In Reading, we will be considering how traditional use might highlight evolutionary lineages which show potential, whether these lineages are threatened, and how the plants within these lineages can be identified to monitor current use.

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