£13m for UK researchers

Philip Nelson EPSRCAcademics from 10 UK universities have been awarded a total of £13m in Fellowship grants to boost research advanced materials, robotics, autonomous systems, and synthetic biology

The Fellowship awards range between £804,000 and £1,250,000 and will fund work for five years.

“To provide opportunities for growth, both scientific and economic, it is vital that the UK has a steady supply of academic talent in the physical sciences and engineering. To do this we must support academics throughout their careers. These Fellowships will mean we are retaining the leaders we need,” said Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) CEO Professor Philip Nelson.

Advanced materials projects include work in semiconductors research, and using imaging to understand how metals behave during solidification and casting.

In robotics, researchers at the University of Glasgow will develop tactile synthetic skin that can be printed, for use on healthcare robots.

Synthetic biology projects include applying control theory to biological parts such as cells.

Fellowships for Growth:

Professor T. Ashley University of Warwick
Narrow Band-gap Semiconductors for Integrated Sensing and Communications. £1,015,000

Professor A.J. Bell University of Leeds
Engineering Fellowships for Growth: Polar Materials for Additive Manufacturing. £1,031,000

Professor R. Williams University of Liverpool
Engineering Fellowships for Growth: Building Advanced Materials to Treat Vision Loss. £1,213,000

Dr C.M. Gourlay Imperial College London
Engineering Fellowships for Growth: Solidification Processing of Alloys for Sustainable Manufacturing. £804,000

Dr S.T. Pinho Imperial College London
Engineering Fellowships for Growth: Next Generation of Lightweight Composites – How Far Can We Go? £818,000

Dr M.F. Craciun University of Exeter
Engineering Fellowships for Growth: Imperceptible Smart Coatings Based on Atomically Thin Materials.£1,127,000

Dr H.A. Kim University of Bath
Engineering Fellowships for Growth: Materials by Design for Impact in Aerospace Engineering.£1,237,000

Dr RS Trask University of Bristol
Engineering Fellowships for Growth – Morphogenesis Manufacturing: Smart Materials with Programmed Transformations.£871,000

R. Dahiya University of Glasgow
Engineering Fellowships for Growth: Printable Tactile Skin £1,068,000

Dr G.V. Stan Imperial College London
Engineering Fellowships for Growth: Systems and control engineering framework for robust and efficient synthetic biology. £1,016,000

Dr T. Ellis Imperial College London
Engineering Fellowships for Growth: Advanced synthetic biology measurement to enable programmable functional biomaterials. £964,000

Professor A. Papachristodoulou University of Oxford
Engineering Fellowships For Growth: Designing Feedback Control in Biology for Robustness and Scalability. £1,068,000

Dr W. Huang University of Sheffield
Engineering Fellowships for Growth: Development of SimCells as building blocks for synthetic biology. £843,000

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