G-Research April 2023 grant winners
Each month, we provide up to £2,000 in grant money to early career researchers in quantitative disciplines.
Our aim is to support and assist PhD students and postdocs conducting research, particularly with costs that may be difficult to get funding for elsewhere, for example, travel for those who are caring for children, or expenses for volunteer work related to research.
Read on to hear from our latest winners, their research and how our grants will aid their work.
April grant winners
Micha Bender (Goethe University)
“I am a PhD student in Finance and Business Informatics at Goethe University Frankfurt in Germany, and my research focuses on market micro structure and empirical financial market research. Specifically, I analyse the impact of different market mechanisms, developments, and regulations on the trading landscape.
“I am extremely grateful for the G-Research grant, which allows me to present my research at the Oxford-Man Institute and be a part of its exceptional collaborative and stimulating environment.”
Dr Caroline Sarah Taylor (University of Sheffield)
“I am a postdoctoral Research associate at The department of Materials Science and Engineering at The University of Sheffield.
“I work in the field of Bioengineering, designing and developing intraluminal guidance scaffolds, and nerve guidance conduits, to treat injuries to the peripheral nervous system. My research investigates current biomaterials for their potential in nerve tissue engineering, using manufacturing methods to fabricate aligned polymer fibres and tubular constructs. I am also developing novel 3D in vitro/ex vivo models to test my materials which will ultimately move away from current animal testing.
“I am also a STEM ambassador, frequently delivering seminars and workshops in Biomaterials to varying school levels. I am passionate about promoting STEM careers, particular to young girls, at an early age. I am also an advocate for women, and mothers, in STEM careers, Academic mental health and supporting early career researchers.
“I will be using my G-Research grant to attend a local conference in Biomaterials, whereby I will be hosting an early career researcher symposium on careers support and job applications. I will use the remainder of the grant to host two Academic mental health workshops; one aimed at PhD and postdoctoral research associates and the other at all academic levels.”
Ariel Kwiatkowski (CLIPE ITN)
“My wider research interest revolves around making AIs cooperate well with one another, or with a human. Right now, as part of the EU-funded CLIPE ITN, I implement this vision by simulating crowds using reinforcement learning. Each little virtual human has a neural network-based brain to determine its next move, and learns from scratch to move to its goal, avoid collisions, and maintain human-like efficiency.
“This grant will support my GPU-hungry experiments, accelerating my research.”
Congratulations to our grant winners.