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Innovative optical waveform research awarded £225k by Leverhulme Trust

Dr Sonia Boscolo (EAS) has been awarded a £225,415 research grant from the Leverhulme Trust to explore a fundamentally new approach to the generation and management of optical waveforms.

This is the largest award Aston has ever received from the Trust and was awarded from its Research Project Grants scheme which specifically supports innovative and original research projects of high quality and potential.

The grant will provide Sonia with three years of funding to work on the project which aims to exploit nonlinear effects in optical waveguides and fibres. Dr Mykhaylo Dubov (EAS) assisted in the preparation and will be employed as the Research Assistant on the project.

The Leverhulme Trust is open to innovative and alternative ideas like Sonia’s and actively encourages cross-disciplinary, ground-breaking research driven by the researcher’s own curiosity.  

Sonia worked with Paul Knobbs from the Research Support Office (RSO) on targeting the proposal to the Trust’s requirements to maximise the chances of success. In addition Sonia was helped by the support and advice from her colleagues Dr Dave Webb and Prof David Lowe in EAS.

For more information on the Leverhulme Trust, the schemes available and how to apply, the RSO is running an information session on Monday 24 October 2011, 10 - 11:30am. Prof David Lowe (EAS), who is a reviewer for the Trust, will also give an account of what makes a strong proposal. 

To register your interest in attending, please contact Paul Knobbs.

11 October 2011

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