The RSE is pleased to announce that 47 exceptional research projects have been selected for awards at the RSE Research Awards Programme autumn 2022 call. A total of £701,723.50 will support research in all academic disciplines, with projects ranging from nanomedicines to treat kidney diseases; to anti-abortion activism in the Republic of Ireland; to industrial trimming methods to rejuvenate knitwear for extended use; to the relationship between water and mental health in British spas and asylums between 1750 – 2000.

47 research projects to be funded
across science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medicine, arts, humanities and social science disciplines.

Over £700K
will go towards funding high-quality research in Scotland.

Funded projects range from an investigation into industrial trimming methods in knitwear to the relationship between water and mental health in British spas and asylums.

In this latest round, awardees represent 10 of the Scottish higher education institutions. The funded projects will enable collaboration with researchers based at 22 institutions in total, including internationally, with academics based in Uganda, Greece, Italy, China and the USA.

The RSE’s Research Awards programme runs twice a year in spring and autumn and aims to support Scotland’s research sector by nurturing promising talent, stimulating research in Scotland, and promoting international collaboration.

Professor Charles W. J. Withers FBA FRSE, Research Awards Convener, Royal Society of Edinburgh commented,

The RSE’s Research Awards Programme is vital to support the outstanding talent in Scotland’s vibrant research community. The innovative work of these awardees in advancing knowledge, tackling global challenges and providing new ways of thinking will provide significant benefits to society and to our economy. On behalf of the RSE, I offer my congratulations to each and every recipient, and wish them success in their research.”

The full list of new RSE Research Awardees is as follows:

RSE International Joint Projects

  • Professor Stuart Cobb, University of Edinburgh and Dr Laura Baroncelli, National Research Council of Italy (Italy)
    Developing a gene therapy for the treatment of Creatine Transporter Deficiency Syndrome
  • Dr Laura Denby, University of Edinburgh and Dr Ravi Kumar, University of Alabama (USA)
    Nanomedicines to treat kidney diseases
  • Dr Jonathan Hopkins, The James Hutton Institute and Professor John Sipple, Cornell University (USA)
    Tracking rural vibrancy and loss: the role of rural schools as keystone services
  • Professor Amir Hussain, Edinburgh Napier University and Professor Yu Tsao, Academia Sinica (Taiwan) – project joint funded between RSE and NSTC
    Cross-lingual audio-visual speech enhancement based on deep multimodal learning

RSE Personal Research Fellowships

  • Dr Amy Blakeway, University of St Andrews
    War and Governance: destruction, reconstruction and reform in Scotland, 1542-1560
  • Dr Filippo Costa Buranelli, University of St Andrews
    International society and central Asia – towards the construction of a regional order
  • Dr Kaveh Delfanazari, University of Glasgow
    On-chip, ultralow power dissipation, low-noise, coherent microwave quantum sources
  • Dr Laura Kelly, University of Strathclyde
    Anti-abortion activism in the Republic of Ireland c.1972-1992
  • Dr Joan Ma, Queen Margaret University
    Ultrasound evaluation of swallowing: clinical feasibility and stakeholders engagement
  • Professor Yvette Taylor, University of Strathclyde
    Queer futures: alternative models for social justice

RSE Research Networks

  • Dr Jane Atterton, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and Dr Ruth Wilson, James Hutton Institute
    Covid-19 and shifting mobilities: exploring new migration flows into rural, island and coastal communities
  • Dr Chris Fremantle, Robert Gordon University; Professor Deirdre Heddon, University of Glasgow; and Dr David Edwards, Forest Research
    New Leaves Network
  • Dr Michael Gallagher, University of Edinburgh; Dr Rovincer Najjuma, Makerere University (Uganda); and Dr Rebecca Nambi, Makerere University (Uganda)
    Connected policy, practice, and accreditation: connected refugee education in Ugandan higher education
  • Dr Taulant Guma, Edinburgh Napier University; Dr Kirsten Macleod, Edinburgh Napier University; and Ms Yvonne Blake, Migrants Organising for Rights and Empowerment
    “On the Margins” – Collaborative Research Network
  • Professor Michela Massimi, University of Edinburgh; Professor Abbe Brown, University of Aberdeen; and Professor Marcel Jaspars, University of Aberdeen
    Ocean and us: intersecting scientific knowledge and local knowledge for a more equitable and just ocean policy
  • Professor Andrew Millar, University of Edinburgh; Dr Tyler Stevenson, University of Glasgow; and Professor Daniel Smith, University of Edinburgh
    BioClocks UK: for robust cycles of discovery to impact
  • Professor Rachel Muers, University of Edinburgh
    Thinking the future of money in the humanities
  • Dr Jeff Sanders, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and Dr Gareth Beale, University of Glasgow
    Archaeological Play and the Performance of Identity (APPI)
  • Professor Kay Tisdall, University of Edinburgh; Professor Jennifer Davidson, University of Strathclyde; and Dr Fiona Morrison, University of Edinburgh
    Research network on children’s human rights: mobilising expertise from research, policy and practice

RSE Research Workshops

  • Professor Steve Boardman, University of Edinburgh
    Andrew of Wyntoun’s ‘Original Chronicle’
  • Professor Maria Grazia De Angelis, University of Edinburgh and Dr Eleonora Ricci, National Centre for Scientific Research Demokritos (Greece)
    A machine learning-aided modelling platform for the design of hydrogen-ready materials
  • Dr Francesca Greenwood, University of Edinburgh; Dr Jimmy Turner, University of Edinburgh; and Dr Rosalie Ashworth Ninewells Hospital, NHS Tayside
    INCLUDED: exploring ways to include people with advanced dementia as co-researchers through the arts
  • Dr Craig Smith, University of Glasgow
    Adam Ferguson tercentenary workshop
  • Professor Frank Sullivan, University of St Andrews and Professor Carl Heneghan, Centre of Evidence-Based Medicine
    Improving evidence-based early diagnosis
  • Dr Stephanie Switzer, University of Strathclyde and Dr Mark Eccleston-Turner, Kings College London
    Equity, the pandemic treaty and pathogen sharing
  • Dr David Waite, University of Glasgow; Dr Richard Crisp, Sheffield Hallam University; and Professor Anne Green, University of Birmingham
    Looking beyond growth: exploring the transformative potential of alternative economic development approaches
  • Dr Rhys Williams, University of Glasgow
    Glasgow’s Energyshed: a governance model for sustainability and citizenship

RSE Small Research Grants

  • Dr Lynn Bennie, University of Aberdeen
    Defenders of local democracy: councillors in the north-east of Scotland
  • Dr Linden Bicket, University of Edinburgh
    Scottish religious poetry: an anthology
  • Dr William Cawthorn, University of Edinburgh           
    Does the hormone adiponectin influence COVID-19 outcomes?
  • Dr Rachel Chin, University of Glasgow        
    Empire, citizenship and belonging: the Chinese in Jamaica
  • Dr Shiao Chow, University of Strathclyde
    Programmable catalysts for cancer detection
  • Professor John Ferguson, University of St Andrews
    The in-betweeners: examining the role and impact of ‘experts’ in business and human rights
  • Dr Iraklis Giannakis, University of Aberdeen
    A machine learning based open-source clutter simulator for planetary radar
  • Professor Claudia Glatz, University of Glasgow            
    Social difference and inequality in the first urbanising societies
  • Dr Martha Glazzard, University of Dundee
    Attention to details: using industrial trimming methods to rejuvenate knitwear for extended use
  • Professor Anselm Heinrich, University of Glasgow
    Theatre in Britain during WWII
  • Dr Yuying Liu, Heriot-Watt University
    Investigating the transforming sociolinguistic profile of Chinese heritage language schools in Scotland
  • Dr Scott Lyall, Edinburgh Napier University            
    Scottish scene: a new scholarly edition
  • Dr Gavin Miller, University of Glasgow      
    The narrative history of UFO practice in Scotland: a pathfinding study
  • Dr Fiona Murphy, University of Strathclyde  
    Developing a novel, physiologically-relevant in vitro model of mesothelioma for improved predictivity of patient tumour response
  • Dr Karla Neves, University of Strathclyde    
    Cardiovascular effects of the anti-cancer combination therapy with VEGF inhibitors and immune checkpoint inhibitors
  • Professor Matthew Smith, University of Strathclyde            
    Crystal clear: water and mental health in British spas and asylums, c.1750-2000
  • Dr Louise Todd, Edinburgh Napier University    
    Staycations, localisation, community and place-making: Edinburgh as a destination in tourism recovery
  • Dr Sonia Tycko, University of Edinburgh  
    The servant of one master: controlling early modern labour mobility through identity documentation
  • Dr Karine Varley, University of Strathclyde 
    Moralising violence: the Franco-British bombing of France in World War Two
  • Dr Yang Wang, University of Dundee 
    How accountants and regulators detect financial fraud using machine learning algorithms?

The next open call for RSE Research Awards will run from 9th February – noon, 28th March 2023.
The call will include five different funding opportunities covering all career stages and academic disciplines:
• Small Research Grants
• Research Workshops
• Research Networks
• Personal Research Fellowships
• International Joint Projects
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