The awards, which celebrate innovative social sciences projects that have made a social or economic difference to individuals, communities, and societies were presented at a ceremony attended by several Reading researchers, at St Anne’s College, Oxford on 19th April.
A project to explore how growing more trees on farmland could regulate the climate is one of those that was secured 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.”
More than £2 million of new funding was confirmed for University of Reading research during April.
A total of 19 research projects received awards ranging in size from less than £1,000 up to nearly £500,000. The total value is £2,033,172.
Professor Steve Mithen, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation, said: “Congratulations to all those who have been awarded research funds.
“I am pleased that we are attracting funding for both applied and pure research. It is vital that we continue both to research topics that show immediate benefits to society, as well as projects aiming more generally to advance our understanding.”
Funders during the month include UK research councils and trusts, charities, and international government agencies in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
The University of Reading’s Research Engagement and Impact Awards 2017 are open to all Reading researchers, with entries open until Friday 5 May.
The awards are intended to recognise and reward those who undertake or support high-quality engagement and impact activities. Entrants can be at any level in their careers, and activities of any scale are welcome.
Winners will receive a package of communications support – including film, events support and written materials as appropriate – to help progress their projects. In addition the winner of the Embark award will receive £1,000 towards their project or for personal development.
Three University of Reading scientists in the Department of Meteorology have been honoured with awards and prizes from the Royal Meteorological Society.
The awards, which will be presented on 17th May, celebrate excellence in meteorology are well regarded among weather and climate scientists across the world.
The prizewinners from Reading are
The Buchan Prize has been won by Professor Suzanne Gray
The Climate Science Communications Award goes to Dr Ed Hawkins
The Quarterly Journal Prize will be awarded to Prof Anthony Illingworth
Professor Dame Julia Slingo, and Professor Stephen Belcher – the former and current Chief Scientist of the Met Office respectively, both of whom previously worked full time at the Department of Meteorology, are also honoured in the awards.