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Uppsala - Durham Seedcorn Competition

Building on their collaborations through the Matariki Network of Universities, Durham and Uppsala Universities have established a seedcorn fund to support joint research. Through a competitive process, Durham and Uppsala Universities jointly advertise, select and fund research projects up to the value 25,000. In addition to strengthening the longstanding ties between Uppsala and Durham and the broadening of the existing partnership, it is expected that successful research projects will result in third-party funding applications.

* This competition is now closed*

The second round of the competition took place in Spring 2020 and awards totalling €100,000 were made to the following seven projects:

  • Enhancing Deep Blue OLEDs with Deuterated Triplet-Triplet Annihilation Emitters

Andrew Danos, Andrew Monkman (Durham leads) & Victor Gray (UU)

  • Systematic prediction of wind farm wakes: an emerging challenge in offshore wind sector

Stefan Ivanell (Uppsala lead) & Majid Bastankhah (DU)

  • Compact Geometric Engineering and quantum gravity

Magdalena Larfors (Uppsala lead) & Andreas Braun (UU)

  • Pivot to Eurasia; Geopolitics and Sustainability in the development of Kazakhstan's Arctic Logistics Hub

Dr Corine Wood-Donnelly (Uppsala lead) & Phil Steinberg (DU)

  • Elite formation and institutional hierarchies in higher education in uncertain times

Sol Gamsu (Durham lead) & Håkan Forsberg (UU)

  • Medical Humanities in Practice

Ylva Söderfeldt & Hannah Bradby (Uppsala leads) & Jane Macnaughton & Sarah Atkinson (DU)

  • Disassembling carbon-intensive imaginaries in fossil fuel landscapes

Magdalena Kuchler (Uppsala lead) & Gavin Bridge (DU)



The first round of the competition took place in 2019 and awards totalling €100,000 were made to the following seven projects:

  • “Greenland ice sheet-induced tsunami (GrIST): Building the collaboration”
Dr Sarah Woodroffe, Associate Professor (Geography, Social Sciences & Health, DU)
Dr Christian Schiffer, Research Fellow (Earth Sciences, Science & Technology, UU)
Lead: Durham
  • "Water security: ethnicity, race, and climate-induced risks”
Jeremy Schmidt, Assistant Professor (Geography, Social Sciences & Health, DU)
Ashok Swain, Professor (Peace & Conflict, Humanities & Social Sciences, UU)
Lead: Durham
  • Decarbonising energy systems: energy models, socio-technical imaginaries, financial drivers”
Jon Gluyas (Earth Sciences, Science, DU) and Gavin Bridge (Geography, Social Sciences & Health, DU)
Professors DU, Dr Magdalena Kuchler and Dr Mikael Höök, Associate Senior Lecturer and Senior Lecturer (both Earth Sciences, Science & Technology UU)
Lead: Durham
  • The Limits of Solidarity - Challenges in Christian Social Welfare Practice”
Ninna Edgardh, Professor (Theology, Humanities & Social Sciences, UU),
Dr Andrew Orton, Associate Professor (Sociology, Social Sciences & Health, DU)
Lead: Uppsala
  • Knowledge Based de novo protein structure elucidation from IM-MS”
Erik Marklund, Associate Senior Lecturer (Chemistry, Science & Technology, UU),
Matteo Degiacomi, Assistant Professor (Physics, Science, DU)
Lead: Uppsala
  • Fiberoptics technology readiness demonstration for the future astronomical facilities”
Nikolai Piskunov, Professor (Physics, Science & Technology, UU)
Graham J. Murray, Research fellow (Physics, Science, DU)
Lead: Uppsala
  • “Molecular Mechanism of DNA and RNA recognition”
Ehmke Pohl, Associate Professor (Chemistry, Science, DU)
Lynn Kamerlin (Chemistry, Science & Technology, UU)
Lead: Durham