Global projects win funding among latest research awards

Wind turbines in the Seychelles – picture: IEA

Researchers working across national borders feature prominently in the latest group of University of Reading academics to be awarded research funding.

In total, £12.5 million of funds were awarded during the third quarter of 2017-18, to 80 projects across all five research themes at Reading: Environment, Food, Health, Heritage & Creativity and Prosperity & Resilience.

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On International Women’s Day, female academics are among research funding winners

Sarah von Billerbeck, Fiona Ross, Teresa Tavassoli, Kim Watson, Clare Watt

The University of Reading secured nearly £10m of research awards in the second quarter of 2017/18, latest figures show.

Projects worth £9.8 million were given the go-ahead, with funding from UK research councils, government, industry and charities adding to the total.

The following are among those winning awards between November 2017 and January 2018:

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Funding success from research councils up by a third in 2016/17

Reading was fifth in the UK for funding from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Researchers at the University of Reading won a record amount of research funding from the UK Research Councils in 2016/17, a new analysis has shown.

Funding for Reading-led research projects from the six main research councils increased to £14.5 million in 2016/17, up by more than 40% from 2015/16.

The success was highlighted by an analysis of Research Council success rates by Times Higher Education (THE).

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More success for researchers in Heritage & Creativity

Researchers from across the Heritage and Creativity theme at the University of Reading have started the new academic term strongly with several funding awards and the publication of new books.

Professor Roberta Gilchrist, Research Dean for Heritage & Creativity, said: “My congratulations to all our colleagues with good news to share.

“While the new university year has just begun, the summer is actually one of the busiest periods for research. Our researchers mark the new academic year with major new publications, grants, honours, and research events.”

Reading researchers with good news to share across the arts and humanities include the following:

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Japan Society for the Promotion of Science – Research Funding Opportunities for UK Researchers

Research Funder Visit:

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science – Research Funding Opportunities for UK Researchers

Tuesday 5 September, 10.30am-12.00pm

Chancellor’s Building, Room G02

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is Japan’s leading funding agency and supports research across the sciences, social sciences and humanities. JSPS run multiple funding programmes and seminars for UK-based researchers and PhD students to support new and existing research collaborations with researchers in Japan.

Representatives from their London office will speak about the range of funding opportunities available:

  • Overview of JSPS and Funding Schemes
  • International Fellowship Programmes
  • Experience of a UoR academic (Dr John Brazier, Pharmacy)

JSPS’s International Fellowship Programmes supports researchers at all career stages (from pre/post-doctoral to professor) to conduct collaborative research in Japan (see guide attached). Therefore please pass on this invitation to research students and postdoctoral researchers in your group who may be interested.

If you wish to attend the event, could you please email James Church  by Wed 30th August.

If you already have collaborators in Japan, you may be interested in the two current calls highlighted below. For further information on JSPS and their funding schemes please visit: (JSPS London)

More research funding success in May

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.”

Among those winning funding are:

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Reading researchers secure £2m of grants during April

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.

Among those winning grants are:

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Reading wins £3.3m in research grants in January

University of Reading coat of arms

Researchers at the University of Reading secured more than £3.3 million in research grants and awards in January.

A total of 25 research projects were confirmed in the first month of 2017, with a total value of £3,329,759 – an average of more than £130,000 per project.

Steve Mithen, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for research, said: “Another strong month for research grants shows that funders share our belief that Reading researchers are among the best in the world.

“Congratulations to everyone who is beginning work on new research projects. I look forward to hearing more about their work, and seeing how their research changes people’s lives for the better.”

Among those winning funding in January were…

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H2020 funding opportunities

EU Horizon 2020 Research Funding Opportunities, UKRO annual event

Date:  Tuesday 28th March 2017

Location:  Room 1L08, Agriculture building (bldg nr 59 on map ), Earley Gate, Whiteknights campus

The Reading EU team is pleased to invite you to an EU research funding event with external and case study speakers, presenting on research and innovation funding opportunities under Horizon 2020. Two European Advisors (UK Research Office in Brussels) will be visiting for the day, as well as the UK National Contact Point for Societal Challenge 6 ‘Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective Societies’ who will present on embedding the SSH agenda in Horizon 2020. Early information on the next Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020 (to be published autumn 2017) will be provided, with emphasis on areas of specific interest to Reading.  There will also be opportunities for networking. Anyone interested in EU funding is encouraged to attend.

Please register by emailing indicating morning and/or afternoon session, by 17th March latest please.

This event is for University of Reading staff.

If you have questions, email Mischa Phillips: