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Fellowships and grants for pure research in science & engineering and applied research in industry & industrial design

The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 awards some 25 postgraduate Fellowships and Scholarships a year, for advanced study and research in science, engineering, the built environment and design.  It also makes a small number of Special Awards to support projects consistent with its overall aims. Many of these are focused on raising the awareness of the young to the opportunities presented by science and engineering.

The total annual disbursement is some £2m a year, funded from the Commission’s investment portfolio.


Research Fellowships in 2014 (Bioscience and Health) included:

  • Defining the contribution of stromal cells in colorectal cancer - Dr Robert Fordham, Beatson Institute, Cancer Research

  • Virulence in a natural host-parasite system: an experimental approach - Dr Helen Leggett, University of Cambridge, Veterinary Medicine

  • Foundations of biomedical micro robots - Dr Thomas Montenegro-Johnson, University of Cambridge, DAMTP


Industrial Fellowships in 2014 (Bioscience and Health) included:

  • A new tool for synthetic biology: application to industrial manufacturing - Stephen McColm, Ingenza and the University of Edinburgh

  • 3D realtime imaging for ultrasound enhanced drug delivery - Shuning “Steve” Bian, Lein Applied Diagnostics and the University of Oxford, IBME CDT Healthcare Innovation

  • Engineering drug-eluting embolisation systems and mechanistic insights into enhanced local delivery - Alice Hagan, Biocompatibles UK Ltd and the University of Brighton

  • Improving reliability of radiography through image processing - Misty Haith, BP and Imperial College London, UK Research Centre in NDE


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