The government has awarded 97 projects a share of £113 million from the UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowship Scheme, a £900 million three-year initiative to fund early career researchers.
The fifth round of fellows was announced on 8 September. The initiative awards individual researchers up to £1.5m, with fellowships varying from four to seven years.
The research minister Amanda Solloway said the latest funds would “equip our most inventive scientists and researchers across the country with the tools to develop and bring their innovations to market quickly”.
Most recipients work in universities and research institutes. UKRI mentioned several of the fellows in its announcement, including Dr Dimitrios Kanoulas at University College London, who leads a project to devise ways for autonomous four-legged robots to traverse complex terrains, like those after natural disasters.
Another fellow, Dr Yujiang Wang at Newcastle University, investigates epileptic seizures using brain recordings. Dr James Byrne at the University of Bristol is researching iron-containing minerals found in the ground for use as natural batteries – known as biogeobatteries. Dr Uche Okpara at the University of Greenwich is to establish citizen labs and a conflict and environment observatory near Lake Chad, to “deepen public understanding of ways to achieve climate-friendly peace and prosperity in the region”.