The RSE has announced funding for 48 research projects across science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medicine, arts, humanities and social sciences.

Around half of the recipients will benefit from a RSE Small Research Grant, supporting personally conducted high-quality research.

The funded research includes examining harassment and abuse in the UK music industry and business incubators’ role in scaling up women-led start-ups.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh has announced 48 exceptional researchers as recipients of the RSE Research Awards programme, awarding a total of £836,000 in research funding. With 10 of the 15 Scottish universities represented by the awardees.

With an average grant value of £17,000, various disciplines have been supported, including science, art, humanities, social science, and multidisciplinary projects. The research projects also support international collaboration between researchers in Scotland and those in Brazil, Indonesia, and the United States.

They will work on a wide and diverse range of projects, from transforming autism research and examining harassment in the UK music industry to confronting customer abuse during the Covid-19 crisis and business incubators’ role in scaling up women-led start-ups.

Launched in spring 2021, the revised RSE Research Awards programme runs twice a year in spring and autumn. The funding programme aims to support Scotland’s academic researchers, nurture promising talent, stimulate research in Scotland, and promote international collaboration, which will be of lasting benefit to the individuals and communities concerned and to broader society.

The next call for applications to the RSE Research Awards programme will be in spring 2022.

The RSE Research Awards programme is vital for sustaining the knowledge and talent pipeline in our vibrant research and innovation sector across the length and breadth of Scotland. Funding enables awardees to deepen their research into significant global challenges, to support career development, and to make significant benefits to society and the economy. The RSE sends its congratulations to each of the award winners and wishes them good fortune in the conduct and outcomes of their research.

Professor Emerita Anne Anderson OBE FRSE, Chair of the RSE Research Awards Committee, Royal Society of Edinburgh

The full list of spring 2021 RSE Research Awards are as follows:

RSE International Joint Projects

  • Dr Tayebeh Ameri, University of Edinburgh
    Long-Term Outdoor Stability of Organic Ternary Photovoltaic Modules
  • Dr Gang Li, University of Glasgow
    Mitigating Virtual Reality Sickness Using Neurostimulation in Users During Immersive Cognitive Therapies
  • Dr Craig Simpson, The James Hutton Institute
    Regulation of transcript switching in response to temperature changes in barley and rice.

RSE Personal Research Fellowships

  • Dr Catherine Berry, University of Glasgow     
    Bioengineering Stem Cell Vesicles for Improved Wound Healing
  • Dr Karen Cameron, University of Glasgow
    Glaciofluvial sediments: sources or sinks of greenhouse gases?
  • Dr Joy Farnaby, University of Glasgow
    Using experimental actinide nano-chemistry to solve technical challenges in plutonium treatment and storage.
  • Dr Lauren Hall-Lew, University of Edinburgh
    Our Stories, Ourselves: Narratives of Covid-19 from Edinburgh and the Lothians
  • Dr Louise Harris, University of Glasgow
    Interpreting Data through Creative Audiovisualisation (IDCA)
  • Dr Charlie Peevers, University of Glasgow
    Scotland’s long Cold War (1945-1999): nuclear weapons and women’s activism on a global front line’
  • Dr Audrey Repetti, Heriot-Watt University
    Optimisation theory for data science: Efficient and scalable proximal algorithms to improve decision-making processes
  • Dr Andrea Schapper, University of Stirling
    Super-Networks: Fostering Rights & Justice for Sustainable Environmental Policy-Making (Acronym: SuperSustainable)
  • Dr Michael Simpson, University of St Andrews
    Decolonizing Decarbonization?: Race, Colonialism, and Energy Justice in the Sustainable City

RSE Research Network Grants

  • Dr Eilidh Cage, University of Stirling
    Striving to Transform Autism Research Together – Scotland (STARTS)
  • Professor Fiona Macpherson, University of Glasgow
    Augmented Reality: Ethics, Perception, Metaphysics
  • Professor Apala Majumdar, University of Strathclyde
    Nematic-Based Materials for the Next Generation of Applications
  • Dr Kallia Manoussaki, University of the West of Scotland
    Bullying, Harassment and Abuse in the UK music Industry
  • Dr Elizabeth Reeder, University of Glasgow
    COVID 19 as Catalyst for Writing and Discussing Death, Dying and Grief through Objects, Diaries and Collective Archives
  • Dr Thomas Russ, University of Edinburgh
    Partners in Research: collaboration at the heart of clinical dementia research
  • Professor Thomas Wagner, Heriot-Watt University
    Building a local sustainable supply chain network for recyclable materials for medium-sized cities in SE Asia (Indonesia)

RSE Research Workshop Grants

  • Dr Emily Alder, Edinburgh Napier University
    Scottish Shores: Gothic Coastal Environments
  • Dr Justin Borg-Barthet, University of Aberdeen
    Laying the Foundations for a Restatement of Scots Private International Law
  • Dr Poppy Lamberton, University of Glasgow
    Scottish Schistosomiasis Workshop: Building local interdisciplinary collaborations for global research
  • Dr Silvia Paracchini, University of St Andrews          
    Specific learning disorders in Scotland
  • Dr Sebnem Susam-Saraeva, University of Edinburgh
    Translating informed consent in Scottish maternity services
  • Dr Elaine Webster, University of Strathclyde
    Integrated Implementation of Scotland’s New Human Rights Framework.

RSE Small Research Grants

  • Dr Richard Anderson, University of Aberdeen
    Scotland and Slavery after Abolition
  • Davide Dominoni, University of Glasgow
    Are cities ecological traps? High-throughput DNA sequencing to reveal seasonal changes in diet and fitness of a common songbird
  • Dr Marcello Ferrera, Heriot-Watt University
    Zero-Index Neural Networks – ZINN
  • Dr Amy Gilligan, University of Aberdeen
    Probing Into the Crust Through eastern Scotland (PICTS)
  • Dr Enric Grustan Gutierrez, University of Glasgow
    Electrospray Bladeless Wind Turbine
  • Dr Anastasios Hadjisolomou, University of Strathclyde
    Confronting customer abuse and harassment during the COVID-19 crisis? Evidence from Scotland’s hospitality industry
  • Dr Ros Holmes, University of St Andrews
    ‘A Revolution is not a Pyjama Party’: Art and Insomnia in the Cultural Revolution
  • Dr Itandehui Jansen, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art
    The adaptation of an ancient Mixtec pictorial text to a contemporary film: developing decolonial approaches.
  • Aleksandar Kocic, Edinburgh Napier University
    Scottish community radio journalistic skills assessment
  • Dr Heidi Mehrkens, University of Aberdeen
    Future Kings and the Political Sphere, 1815-1914. Royal Heirs in France, Great Britain and Prussia-Germany
  • Dr Paul Melo e Castro, University of Glasgow
    Autonomy and its Discontents: First Republic Goa in the Short Stories of José da Silva Coelho
  • Dr Benjamin Molineaux, University of Edinburgh
    A corpus of sound changes for Older Scots
  • Dr Luís Novo, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC)
    Metal and particulate matter accumulation in the urban hedges of Edinburgh – a preliminary survey
  • Dr Jonathan Nylk, University of Dundee
    Myoscope: A microscopy platform for volumetric imaging of pressurised blood vessels
  • Professor Bruce Peter, Glasgow School of Art
    Clyde-built Ship Interiors
  • Dr Katharina Schnitzspahn, University of Aberdeen
    To smile or not to smile? The role of facial expression and memory in searching for wanted and missing persons.
  • Dr Christopher Stock, University of Edinburgh
    Towards Magnetic Graphene:  Synthesis and magnetic/electronic properties of two-dimensional van der Waals ferromagnets
  • Dr Minna Törmä, University of Glasgow
    Broughton and Branklyn: East Asian elements in two Scottish gardens established in the 1920s
  • Dr Maria Antonia Vélez Serna, University of Stirling
    Representing energy transitions: Colombian and Scottish coalmining on film
  • Dr Lori Watson, University of Edinburgh
    The New Traditional School in Scotland: pilot study
  • Dr Jonathan Wild, University of Edinburgh
    A Scholarly Edition of Conan Doyle’s Complete Brigadier Gerard Stories
  • Dr Jie Yuan, University of Strathclyde
    Multi-Scale thermomechanIcal analysis of fRiction involved complEx dyNamic systems (SIREN)
  • Dr Nadia Zahoor, University of Strathclyde
    Role of Business Incubators and Accelerators in Scaling Up of Women Start-Ups: The Case Study of Pakistan