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'Diverse range' of funders confirm research awards in May

Martin Lukac

Martin Lukac (Agriculture) is researching the link between agroforestry and climate.

Researchers at the University of Reading have secured more than £2.1million of funding during May.

A total of £2,173,327 was confirmed during the month, with funds awarded by research councils, businesses, government departments and agencies, charities, and learned societies. The awards will be distributed across 20 new research projects.   

Professor Steve Mithen, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation, said: “Once again, well done to everyone who has been involved in securing this latest batch of research awards.

“The list of funders this month highlights how our researchers are engaging with a diverse range of organisations outside academia, including in business and policy areas.” 

Among those winning funding are:

  • Martin Lukac, from Agriculture, has been awarded £237,772 from NERC for a project to study how agroforestry – the growing of trees and food crops together – could play a role in helping to regulate the climate
  • Rachel McCrindle, from Biomedical Engineering, has secured £283,333 jointly from Innovate UK and One Sightsolutions Ltd, for a new Knowledge Transfer Partnership 
  • Dimitris Charalampopoulos (Food and Nutritional Sciences) secured a £386,300 award from BBSRC as part of its Global Challenges funding, to explore how cocoa pod husks – a waste product in cocoa production in Indonesia – could be processed to create new products.
  • Sylvie Dubuc (Geography) secured £441,530 from the ESRC for a project examining the causes, trends and implications of parents preferring sons over daughters in the UK

Others winning awards in May were Michael Shaw (Agriculture), Roger  Matthews (Archaeology),  Giuseppe Feola, Kevin White (Geography and Environmental Sciences), William Holderbaum (Biomedical Engineering), Angela Clerk, Alice Pollitt (Biological Sciences), Rosalind Fallaize, Glenn Gibson, Paula Jauregi (Food and Nutritional Sciences), Mai Sato (Law), Nick Klingaman (Meteorology), Beatrice Heuser (Politics & International Relations), Claire Williams, and Peter Scarfe (Psychology).

A full list of recent awards is available on the Research & Enterprise Services website (requires UoR log-in details).

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