Funded Projects

Three years of research and project funding

The Society developed its Research and Project Grants in 2015 for a trial period of three years, with an initial grant of £15,000. Grants are to aid the study, diffusion and advancement of the arts and sciences, with their applications, and the better understanding of public affairs. The award of a grant was intended to be for a broad range of activities in the arts, humanities, sciences and other disciplines and indeed these are the types of applications we have received. One grant was awarded in 2015, two in 2016 and two in 2017. Grants have covered such diverse areas as culture and the creative arts; philosophy; humanities; pharmacy and biomedical sciences; and chemical and process engineering. The organisations who have benefited from these peer-reviewed grants are the Universities of Glasgow, Strathclyde and Stirling, one of the grants was in collaboration with Queen’s University, Belfast.

Below are the 5 grants we have awarded:

2017 Grant awards

Marine Natural Products: Evolution and Adaption of a Discipline

This project examines the history of marine natural products from the 1970s to the present.

Research Objectives
(1) To determine the scientific and socio-political factors which gave rise to the field.
(2) To understand who the influential research groups were and how these connected to give rise to an international network.
(3) To understand the role of interest groups, universities, and corporate entities and how they shaped the field.
(4) To consider what the future holds, in terms of discovery, advances and addressing global health issues.

Really Small Science – in Colombia
Based in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at University of Strathclyde,the “Really Small Science’’ public engagement group uses interactive activities to explain science to children of all ages from pre-school through primary and secondary schools. The “Really Small Science’’ group has extensive experience of delivering public engagement workshops in schools across the UK. This project will however export the “Really Small Science’’ brand for the first time across the Atlantic to the city of Barranquilla, Colombia. Specifically we will work with the Barranquilla branch of Colombia’s national training service (SENA Atlantico) to deliver a number of “Really Small Science’’ workshops to selected schools in and around Barranquilla. The workshops will be delivered by a Strathclyde PhD student (Mr Ruben Rosario) with coaching from the project supervisor (Dr Paul Grassia) and the “Really Small Science’’ team (Drs Suzanne McEndoo, Joy Leckie and Mark Haw).

2016 Grant Awards

Glasgow Historic Literary Societies Online
A grant was given to develop online links to materials, minute books and manuscripts magazines, 1800-1914 of Glasgow Literary Societies. The work is being undertaken by Lauren Weiss, supervised by Professor Kirstie Blair of Strathclyde University with support and advice from Dr Katie Halsey  from the University of Stirling.

A comparative examination of the commitments theories of autonomy
have when describing cases of mental illness.
This grant has been awarded to assist in the research of Elliot Porter, an MSc student at the University of Glasgow. The work is being supervised by Dr Ben Colburn, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, School of Humanities, University of Glasgow

 2015 Grant Award

Glasgow Jewish Institute Players – opening the archive
The grant was given to Dr Paul Maloney, School of Culture and Creative Arts,  University of Glasgow, in conjunction with Professor Adrienne Scullion, Queen’s University of Belfast.