SEK 84 million for research in science and technology

Twenty-five researchers in science and technology at LiU have been awarded grants in this year’s round of funding from the Swedish Research Council. The total amount they receive is SEK 84 million.

Five junior researchers receive four-year starting grants to cover the period 2019 till 2022. Two of these are at the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology: Jonas Björk, who works with multilevel modelling for the surface synthesis of graphene nanobands with atomic precision, and Feng Wang, who is working to improve the stability of high performance tin-based perovskites in solar cells. Eric Glowacki works at the Department of Science and Technology with organic photocapacitors for use in optical cell stimulation; Neda Haj Hosseini at the Department of Biomedical Engineering is developing new methods of intraoperative diagnosis of brain tumours; and Markus Henningsson at the Department of Medical and Health Sciences is looking into new methods to quantify cardiac muscle perfusion by magnetic resonance imaging.

The call for proposals attracted 448 applications for starting grants, 74 (17%) of which were granted.

Project grants

Twenty researchers at LiU receive project grants ranging from SEK 2.5 million to SEK 4 million for four years.

Twelve of the principal applicants for the projects work at the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology: Jens Birch, Feng Gao, Naureen Ghafoor, Grzegorz Greczynski, Ulf Helmersson, Carl Hemmingsson, Ching-Lien Hsiao, Jianwu Sun, Maria Sunnerhagen, Roger Uhrberg, Dominic Wright and Rositsa Yakimova.

Two researchers, Tino Ebbers and Maria Engström, work at the Department of Medical and Health Sciences. Others who receive grants are Jana Björn and Jan Nordström at the Department of Mathematics, Gunnar Cedersund at the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Michael Felsberg at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Patrick Lambrix at the Department of Computer and Information Science, and Valentin Polischuk at the Department of Science and Technology.

The success rate for project grant applications this year was 23%. The Swedish Research Council has distributed nearly SEK 1.2 billion for research in the natural sciences and technology for the period 2018 to 2022.

Translation by George Farrants

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