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Cabot Innovation Fund winners 2015

7 December 2015

Winners of this year's Cabot Institute Innovation Fund, whose funds are aimed at supporting bold, ambitious, and impactful ideas, have been announced.

The Cabot Institute Innovation fund is an annual open call of approximately £20,000.  Those who apply for funds must reflect the Cabot Institute’s interdisciplinary and engaged research approach, which brings together the social sciences, life and physical sciences and engineering and involves non-academic partners.  Awards are decided by the Cabot Institute Steering Group which comprises of the Cabot Institute's theme leaders and key individuals in Professional Services.

Once again, like last year, we had some great applications across all the Cabot Institute themes of global change, water, energy security, food security, natural hazards and future cities and communities.  The following were successful in their bid and we would like to congratulate them on their awards.

Flavia de Luca (Civil Engineering), co-applicants Maximilian Werner and James Verdon (Earth Sciences) - £2500 

Natural earthquakes as proxies for man-made seismic hazard and risk: understanding induced earthquakes, their ground motions and building vulnerability in the UK

Kat Wall (Policy Bristol, Faculty of Social Science and Law), co-applicants Gary Topp (Green Capital Partnership) and Roger Griffith (Ujima Radio CIC) - £2150 

Green and Black- An alternative green capital

Katherine Cashman (Earth Sciences), co-applicant Emma Liu (Earth Sciences) - £1650 

Community-based monitoring of volcanic ash hazard

Mark Trigg (Geographical Sciences), co-applicants Emily White (Chemistry), Serginio Remmelzwaal and Ryan Lloyd (Earth Sciences) - £700 

Geology for Global Development – 2015/16 Research and Development Engagement Workshops

Paul Harper (Aerospace engineering), co-applicants Jeremy Burn, Chris McMahon (Mechanical Engineering) and Karen Bell (Sociology, Politics and International Studies) - £1000 

Transition Engineering: Exploring future pathways to sustainable resource consumption

Russ Jago (Policy Studies), co-applicant Ruth Kipping (Social and Community Medicine) - £3000 

Pilot evaluation of the Crocodile walking school bus smart-phone application to increase active travel and reduce car journeys to school

Sean Fox (social science - Geographical Sciences) and Jeff Neal (science - Geographical Sciences) - £3000 

Modelling urban flood risk in developing countries: Proof-of-concept for an interdisciplinary approach

Tom Richardson (Aerospace engineering) and Jim Freer (Geographical Sciences) - £3100

Borneo challenge: Tracking orangutans using drones


Further information

If you are interested in applying for Cabot Institute Innovation Funds in 2016/2017 round, there will be an event held in June 2016 for those who are thinking of applying and the call will go out in July 2016.

For more information about the Innovation Fund, please contact

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