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Doubling of External Research Grant Awards for Cardiff School of Biosciences

17 August 2012

New BIOSI building

Research grants awards for the 2011/2012 session have significantly increased above the Cardiff University target for the School of Biosciences. The total of new awards received from external sources was over £12 million, almost the double of the research grant awards in the previous session (2010/2011).

This achievement comes despite many funding bodies tightening their budgets and shows that the School’s research is highly competitive and is seen to deliver real benefits as well as having a positive impact on society, environment and the economy.

The School conducts cutting-edge research, which spans the full range of life sciences from whole (eco) systems to molecular biology.  The two largest new awards (>£1 million each) in the 2011/2012 session, were both obtained from UK Research Councils:

Other successful research projects winning substantial funding (>£0.5 million each) were:

  • Prof OH Petersen: Ion channels and pumps in secretory cells (£837,749; MRC)
  • Dr. SP Brooks: A comparative study of behavioural, anatomical and molecular changes in mouse models of Huntingdon's Disease (£726,290; CHDI)
  • Prof JAH Murray and Dr W Dewitte: A novel pathway of cell cycle activation in root formative divisions (£673,682; BBSRC)
  • Prof PJ Kemp, Dr ND Allen and Prof AE Rosser: Joint Steering Committee Agreement (£592,000; CHDI)
  • Prof TC Dale: Identification of WNT pathway inhibitors (£528,808; Merck Serono)

MRC Professor Ole Petersen CBE FRS, Director of the Cardiff School of Biosciences said: “The very significant increase in external research funding, in the currently very challenging and increasingly competitive grant climate, is excellent news for our School. External peer-reviewed grant funding is crucial to the future success of our research-led School and the impressive 2011/2012 result provides a sound basis for our research work in the next several years and gives confidence in our future.”