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32 million crowns to nine biologists

The Swedish Research Council has decided on research and starting grants within natural and engineering sciences. The Research Council approved of 50 applications from Lund University, nine of these from the Department of Biology.
The Department of Biology building.
The Swedish Research Council approved of nine applications from researchers at the Department of Biology in Lund. In total the researchers are granted 32 million Swedish crowns. Photo: Kennet Ruona

In total, the nine researchers from the Department of Biology in Lund receive 31 974 000 Swedish crowns. The grants will be paid over four years.

Professor Staffan Bensch receives 4,1 million crowns. The goal of his project is to find out why certain parasites can infect hundreds of species, while most parasites are limited to a few species.

Charlie Cornwallis, assistant professor, is granted 3,5 million crowns to investigate the evolution of complex life and its role in ecological breakthroughs.

Anders Enjin, postdoc, receives a starting grant of 3,05 million crowns. Anders Enjin is doing research on how insects sense humidity.

Assistant professor Christoffer Johansson Westheim is granted 3,25 million crowns for his project on the effect of morphology.

Christer Löfstedt, professor, receives 4,1 million crowns for his research project From sequence to function – the evolution of pheromone receptors in a molecular perspective.

Professor Karin Rengefors receives 3,3 million crowns for her research project on the paradox of dispersal.

Anders Tunlid, professor, receives 3,656 million crowns to investigate how Ectomycorrhiza help to decompose nitrogen in the soil.

Professor Tobias Uller is granted 3,5 million crowns for his project on lizards’ sexual selection and evolution.

Assistant professor Olivier Van Aken receives 3,518 million crowns for a project where he will investigate the signaling from organelle to nucleus in plants under strain.

In total 1682 applications were sent to the Swedish Research Council. The Council approved of almost every fifth application.

Out of 360 applications from female researchers 70 were approved of, that is 19 per cent approval rate. The total amount of applications from male researchers summed up to 1322. 255 of these were approved of, also 19 per cent.

In total the Swedish Research Council approved of 50 applications from Lund University, at a total amount of 170 351 000 crowns. Only Uppsala University had more applications approved of, 66 in total.

Jan Olsson

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