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Big grant for dung beetle research

Emily Baird, researcher at Lund Vision Group at Lund University in Sweden, has been awarded a three year long research grant from The Human Frontier Science Program Organization, HFSPO.
Emily Baird with a dung beetle. Photo: Gunnar Menander
Emily Baird with a dung beetle. Photo: Gunnar Menander

In Swedish currency Emily Baird’s grant is approximately one million Swedish krona per year for three years. She receives the grant for her work with dung beetles and their ability to navigate using very limited resources.

Emily Baird leads the interdisciplinary research team where she works together with Stanislav N Gorb and Poramate Manoonpong, based in Germany and Denmark respectively. The team is awarded 350000 US dollars per year for three years. It means each of the three members of the team will receive 110000–120000 dollars per year for three years.

”It is fantastic! This gives me and my group the opportunity to start a new project”, Emily Baird says.

Only three percent of the applicants have been awarded HFSP research grant 2017. According to the organization this year sets a new record when it comes to letters of interest from research teams all over the world. In total the organization received 1073 letters of interest from teams in 60 different countries. 30 teams have been selected for research grants, among them the team led by Emily Baird at the Department of Biology in Lund.

All teams use an interdisciplinary approach when they work with different fields of biology, all of which can be sorted under the umbrella theme ”complex mechanisms of living organisms”.

Full list of the awards 2017.

 

Text: Jan Olsson

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