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Cabot Institute Innovation Fund 2021: winning projects announced

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27 September 2021

Winners of the Cabot Institute Innovation Fund for 2021 have been announced. The funds are aimed at supporting bold, ambitious and impactful ideas that transcend disciplinary boundaries. The fund enables the Cabot Institute to support new interdisciplinary connections and establish new research areas, providing a strong foundation for further funding opportunities.

The Cabot Institute Innovation Fund is an annual open call, with between £25-£30k of funding derived from generous gifts and donations to the Cabot Institute. Projects supported must demonstrate an interdisciplinary approach and reflect Cabot’s research focus on protecting our environment and identifying ways of living better with our changing planet.

This year we are delighted to support projects with investigators from all six faculties at the University.

Funded projects 2021

Indigenous food systems in protracted crisis: Kashmir and Guatemala

Investigators: Lauren Blake (School of Geographical Sciences), Mehroosh Tak (Royal Veterinary College)

Heat stress and women's health over the reproductive life course

Investigators: Eunice Lo (School of Geographical Sciences), Gemma Sharp (Population Health Sciences)

Waves of change: inspiring youth climate action in Cornish coastal communities

Investigators: Camilla Morelli (Anthropology and Archaeology), Daniela Schmidt (School of Earth Sciences)

Climate Science into Classrooms

Investigators: Nicola Warren-Lee (School of Education), Paul Howard-Jones (School of Education), Bryony Sands (School of Biological Sciences), Jonathan Bamber (School of Geographical Sciences), Rachel James (School of Geographical Sciences), Alf Coles (School of Education), Celia Tidmarsh (School of Education), Jon James (School of Education)

Another Chernobyl? Implementing a low-cost environmental and aerosol monitoring provision inside the CEZ for seasonal and wildfire event monitoring and risk management

Investigators: Peter Martin (School of Physics), Maxim Saveliev (Ukranian National Academy of Sciences), Vitaliy Medved (Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant), Oleh Korikov (Ukranian Central Enterprise for Management of Radioactive Waste), Sergiy Kireev (State Specialized Enterprise

EcoCentre), Sarah Millington (Met Office), Lucy Antysz (Amazon Web Services), Andriy Sizov (Joint Support Office)

UK flood impacts from new Local 2.2km climate projections

Investigators: Lizzie Kendon (Science Faculty), Dann Mitchell (School of Geographical Sciences), Gemma Coxon (School of Geographical Sciences), Jeff Neal (School of Geographical Sciences), Simbi Hatchard (Fathom), Fai Fung (Civil Engineering) .

Further information

For more information about the awards or the next round of funding (scheduled for May 2022) please contact

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