Interdisciplinary APEX Awards: 2022 recipients announced and 2023 round opening soon

30 August 2022

Eight researchers and their collaborators have been awarded funding in the 2022 round of the APEX Awards. The grants, which promote collaboration across science, engineering, social sciences and humanities, are jointly awarded by the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society, with the generous support of the Leverhulme Trust.

The APEX Award offers up to £100,000 to researchers wanting to pursue interdisciplinary and curiosity-driven research that benefits wider society. The scheme also includes an opportunity to apply for an additional £10,000 to support researchers in delivering public engagement activities related to their funded research. 

The successful applicants are:

Dr Karl Bates
University of Liverpool
A multi-scale analysis of selective breeding, limb morphology and biomechanics in dogs

Professor Alexandra Sanmark
University of the Highlands and Islands
Connectivity and Communication in Norse Orkney

Professor Sarah Bridle
University of York
How to feed the UK amid catastrophic food system disruption

Dr Petro Lutsyk
Aston University
Nanomaterial Electrode Webs for Revolutionary Brain Recording Systems

Dr David Roberts
University of Kent
A transdisciplinary approach to inferring the end of political violence

Professor Susan Healy
University of St Andrews
Towards an evolutionary understanding of invention

Dr Aliah Shaheen
Brunel University London
The Relationship Between Biomechanical Measures of Movement Fluency and Coordination and Perceptions of Social Competence

Professor Federico Caprotti
University of Exeter
Urban Infrastructures and the on/off-grid city: Investigating the lived experiences of heterogeneous infrastructures in informal settlements

Professor Simon Swain FBA, Vice-President for Research and Higher Education Policy at the British Academy, said: “We are delighted to award funding to such a fascinating and eclectic collection of research projects. By bringing together academics from different disciplines, the Academies’ innovative APEX scheme will not only help researchers to develop new skills and methods, it will also help to solve problems whose solutions are beyond the scope of a single discipline or area of research practice. We wish the research teams the best of luck with their projects and look forward to seeing the results.”

The 2023 APEX Award will open for applications on the 7th September and will close on the 2nd November 2022.

 The Royal Academy of Engineering will be hosting a live webinar to provide more information about the upcoming round on 6th September 2022 from 14.00-15.15. You can register for the event here.

For more information, please visit the event page or please contact