University of Glasgow researchers share in £727,000 of new RSE funding

A total of 13 new projects involving researchers across three of the University of Glasgow’s colleges will share in new funding from the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

The projects, from the Colleges of Science & Engineering, Arts & Humanities, and Social Sciences, are among 60 selected at the RSE’s autumn 2023 Research Awards open call.

A total of £727,752.71 will enable research across all’academic disciplines, with projects ranging from uncovering Scotland’s earliest textiles to terahertz quantum nanoelectronics to fire festivals and the collective entrainment of crowds.

In this latest round, lead investigators represent 17 of the 19 Scottish higher education institutions. However, the reach of these awards extends far beyond Scotland, with funded projects enabling collaboration between researchers based at 47 institutions in total, including internationally, with academics based in India, New Zealand, and Japan.

The RSE’s Research Awards Programme runs twice a year in spring and autumn. It aims to support Scotland’s research sector by nurturing promising talent, stimulating research in Scotland, and promoting international collaboration.

RSE Vice President, Research, Professor Anne Anderson OBE FRSE, said "The Research Awards Programme of the RSE plays a vital role in supporting Scotland’s thriving research community. These awardees will help to advance our knowledge, address global challenges, and contribute positively to Scottish society. On behalf of the RSE, I offer my congratulations to these leading researchers and their international colleagues and look forward to following the outcomes of their work."

The RSE is grateful for the ongoing support from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), with contributions also from the RSE Scotland Foundation.

The projects involving researchers from the University of Glasgow are:

International Joint Projects

    Dr Nicola L Bell , School of Chemistry and Dr Michael Schulz, Virginia Tech (United Kingdom)

    IMPASS: Immobilization of actinides by polymer sequestration

    Dr Giorgos Georgiou , James Watt School of Engineering

    Terahertz Quantum Nanoelectronics (TEQNO)

    Sgoil nan Daonnachdan
    Uncovering Scotland’s earliest textiles

    Sgoil nan Daonnachdan
    A Twentieth-Century life: The journals of Rhoda McWhannell

    Dr Charchit Kumar , Professor Daniel Mulvihill and Dr Satyaranjan Bairagi , James Watt School of Engineering
    Additive manufacturing based smart shoe for energy harvesting from human movement

    Professor Gerard Carruthers , School of Critical Studies

    A history of the Saltire Society: Setting and achieving national cultural priorities

    Sgoil nan Daonnachdan
    Rock Art Research Framework for Scotland (RockARF)

    Dr Christopher Stock, University of Edinburgh; Professor Sandy Cochran , James Watt School of Engineering; and Professor Sang Cheong, Rutgers University
    Magnetostrictive and piezomagnetic materials for magnetoelastic harvesting devices

    Dr Michael Crichton, Heriot-Watt University and Dr Ankush Aggarwal , University of Glasgow

    Bringing inclusivity into biomechanics-based technologies

    Mr Eamon Keane , Professor Fiona Leverick , and Professor Jacqueline Kinghan , School of Law

    Reforming rape prosecutions: International comparisons and lessons

Scotland-Asia Partnerships Higher Education Research (SAPHIRE) Fund - Supported by Scottish Government

    Dr Edward Curley , School of Geographical & Earth Sciences, in partnership with colleagues from the Birla Institute of Technology, India
    Kabartal wetland: establishing drivers of historical decline and a framework towards future conservation

    Dr Jeremy Singer , School of Computing Science, in partnership with colleagues from the Australian National University and Singapore Institute of Technology
    Secure virtual machine collaboration

    Dr Gerardo Aragon Camarasa , University of Glasgow in partnership with colleagues from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan
    Robotic teleoperation demystified: Examining non-expect user experiences in Scotland and Japan