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Seedcorn grants

We have funding available for University of Essex postgraduate research students and academic or professional services staff. We give competitive awards for research for up to £2,000 to help you develop your ideas into long-term research projects.

Seedcorn grants are designed for lab-ready projects that can be carried out by the end of the financial year. We prioritise projects that incoporate experiments and we also encourage you to use ESSEXLab Mobile as part of your project.

Apply

To apply, complete the funding application form (.doc) and email it to the Lab Manager by 21 August 2017. The application form also contains the rules for seedcorn funding.

A second round of funding will be available in the Autumn term.

Seedcorn grants this year

  • Ludovica Orlandi (Department of Economics): "The effect of being an only-child on prosocial behaviours and learning process from experience"
  • Dr Patrick Lown (Department of Government): "Empathy and the Opposition: Does Empathy Extend to Rival Ideological Groups?"
  • Christine Stednitz (Department of Government): "The role of self-esteem in citizens’ receptiveness of counter-attitudinal political information"
  • Professor Hugh Ward (Department of Government): "A Failure of Imagination: How cultural differences impede empathy and the flow of foreign aid"
  • Dr Claire Delle Luche (Department of Language and Linguistics): "Phonological skeletons are the backbone of words: explaining the consonant bias in lexical processing"
  • Dr Gabriela Adela Gánem-Gutiérrez (Department of Language and Linguistics): "The relative effectiveness of different second language teaching materials and their relationship to individual learner differences"
  • Kan Ting Yan Rachel (Department of Language and Linguistics): "Production of Cantonese Sounds in Heritage Language Speakers"
  • Professor Monika Schmid (Department of Language and Linguistics): "The role of the mental representation of grammar for cognitive skill development in bilinguals"
  • Alastair Thorpe (Department of Psychology): "On patients’ decisions to request antibiotics from their GPs"
  • Dr Geoff Cole (Department of Psychology): "Action observation and economic decision making"
  • Ben Fenner (Department of Psychology): "Timing the Senses"
  • Dr Helge Gillmeister (Department of Psychology: "Treating human bodies as objects of fitness is anything but healthy"
  • Dawn Liu (Department of Psychology): "Framing our Food: How the presentation of nutritional information affects interpretational and decision-making processes in judging the healthiness of food."
  • Dr Jonathan Rolison (Department of Psychology): "The consideration of consequences across adulthood"
  • Burak Sonmez (Department of Sociology): "How Do People Get Responsibilized through Different Types of Voluntary Organizations?"

Previous seedcorn grants

  • 2015-16

    • Jordi Asher (Department of Psychology): “Perceptual learning and Plasticity in the Visual System”
    • Dr Claire Delle Luche (Department of Language and Linguistics): “Normalising a picture database for English”
    • Dr Marie Juanchich (Department of Psychology): “Explaining the Cognitive Reflection Test gender gap”
    • Sergio Lo Iacono (Department of Sociology): “Social Embeddedness and Generalized Trust: An Experimental Test of the Spillover Effect”
    • Daniel Redhead (Department of Psychology): “The Effects of Prestige and Dominance on Social Network Position and Structure”
    • Dr Steven Samuel (Department of Language and Linguistics): “Perceptual Differences in Monolinguals and Bilinguals”
    • Dr Miroslav Sirota (Department of Psychology): “Bayesian Inference from Experience: Automatic or Effortful?”
    • 2014-15

      • Stefano Alderighi (Department of Economics): “Rationality as a state of mind: does anxiety influence economic choices?”
      • Denise Laroze (Department of Government, with Dr David Hugh Jones): “An Experimental Study on the Effect of Policy Positions on Coalition Formation”
      • Dr Federica Genovese (Department of Government, with Dr Florian Kern): “Estimating the Effect of Distances and Emotions on Public Opinions of Immigration”
      • Dr Alita Nandi (Institute for Social and Economic Research): "The self-enforcing [cognitive] effects of gender discrimination”
      • Duygu Ozdemir (Institute for Social and Economic Research): “Conformity in Leader Appointment Decisions: An Experimental Study”
      • Alexander Wenz (Institute for Social and Economic Research): “An experimental analysis of the impact of survey instrument design on data quality and response behaviour in tablet-based web surveys”
    • 2013-14

      • Dr Silvia Avram (Institute for Social and Economic Research): “Framing effects and loss aversion in labour supply responses to work disincentives: Is there an endowment effect?”
      • Nadine Chlass (Department of Economics): “How do people reason in dynamic games?”
      • Chris Claassen (Department of Government): “The Moral Economy of Participation in Intergroup Violence”
      • Natasha Crawford (Institute for Social and Economic Research): “Ethnic differences in perception of socio-economic position”
      • Emily Gilbert (Institute for Social and Economic Research): “Class dis-identification and cultural preferences: experimental evidence from a student population”
      • Sara Godoy (Faculty of Social Sciences): “Paying to Punish in Public Goods Games”
      • Zia Ul Hassan (Department of Economics): "The Relationship Between Tax Complexity and Compliance"
      • Elisabetta Leni (Department of Economics): "Trust and Reciprocity or Living Up to Expectations?"
      • Dr Philip Hofmeister (Department of Language and Linguistics): “Similarity-based interference and elaboration during reading”
      • Denise Laroze (Department of Government): “Party Endorsement Institutions and Independent Candidates, an Experiment on the Effect of Primaries”
      • Denise Laroze (Department of Government): “An Experimental Study on the Effect of Policy Positions on Coalition Formation”
      • Dr Pablo Lucas (Essex Business School): “Individual Risk-taking in Publics Goods”
      • Dr Patrick Nolen (Economics): “Gender and Psychological Pressure in Competitive Environments”
      • Duygu Ozdemir (Institute for Social and Economic Research): “Gender, Leadership and Group Dynamics in Leader Appointment Decisions: An Experimental Study”
      • Elisa Sibley (Institute for Social and Economic Research): “Values, traits and trust”
      • Dr Dimitri Vinogradov (Essex Business School): “Weighting probabilities in ambiguity”
      • Professor Simon Weidenholzer (Department of Economics): “Observability and Collective Punishment in Social Dilemmas”
      • Anna Wilke (Department of Government): “Contested Group Identities and Inter-Group Biases – Evidence from the Case of Taiwan and China”
      • Dr Becky Wright (Department of Psychology): “Negative affect and charitable giving: The role of sadness and disgust in pro-social behaviour”
    • 2012-13

      • Nathaniel Ashby (Department of Psychology): “Taste uncertainty and the endowment effect: empirical tests of the reference dependent subjective expected utility theory”
      • Professor Andrea Galeotti (Department of Economics): “Experiment on Financial Networks”
      • Alexander Hammond (Department of Government): “Don’t read all about it! How Affective Intelligence and Cognitive Dissonance compete in our understanding of political information processing”
      • Ginny He (Department of Economics): “Birth Order, Altruism, and Trust”
      • Dr Olena Kaminska (Institute for Social and Economic Research): “Improving reports to sensitive survey questions”
      • David Reinstein (Department of Economics): “The Effect of the Anticipated Ask: Charitable Giving, Real Effort, and Combined Experiments”
      • Espen Sjoberg (Department of Psychology): “Sex differences in cognitive inhibition”
      • Professor Paul Whiteley (Department of Government): “An experimental study of the mechanism explaining dishonesty in reported voting behaviour”
      • Dr Nan Zhao (Department of Language and Linguistics): “Lexical and syntactic determinants of interpreting difficulty: An eyetracking study”

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