3.4M Science and Innovation Grant to Maxwell Institute to set up Centre for Analysis and Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations.

20th December 2006. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council announced a major award to the Maxwell Institute to establish the Centre for Analysis and Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations.


The recipients of the third round of Science and Innovation Awards have been announced by the EPSRC.

Funding has been awarded to build the UK's research base in the areas of Mathematical Analysis, Renewable Energy, Chemical Engineering at the Life Sciences Interface, Quantum Coherence, and Physical Organic Chemistry.

EPSRC, together with the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), will fund 7 new programmes with a value of over 31 million.

Science and Innovation Awards were introduced by EPSRC in 2005 to support strategic areas of research that are particularly at risk. In a changing research landscape, as undergraduates choose new options, more traditional core subjects are encountering declining numbers of entrants. This in turn affects the base of academic staff in our universities, which impacts on the nation's capacity to produce the well-trained people and research leaders of tomorrow.

Dr Randal Richards, Interim Chief Executive of EPSRC, said: "The latest Science and Innovation awards announced today are a component of EPSRC's activities to ensure a future healthy and vibrant research base for the UK. These awards are made in partnership with the Funding Councils of England, Scotland and Wales and are focused on ensuring strategic research areas will have the necessary leadership capacity to ensure that future generations of researchers are available in the UK."

The projects will create new centres of research activity in their respective fields in existing research environments that are encouraging and supportive of innovative approaches. These centres will have the critical mass to make major research progress. They will aim to stimulate research in the UK and international community and, where appropriate, to encourage innovation in UK business and industry. They will increase the output of trained scientists in their respective science areas.


University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University - over 3.4 million has been awarded to develop a Centre for Analysis and Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations. It will operate under the aegis of the Maxwell Institute for Mathematical Sciences, a research pooling initiative involving the mathematics departments of the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University. Nonlinear partial differential equations and related areas of mathematical analysis form a key area of modern research in mathematics, involving profound theoretical challenges as well as having wide applicability in such diverse areas as medicine, financial modelling, environmental science and industry. Nonetheless, the UK is suffering from a lack of research expertise in the theoretical side of the subject. The Centre for Analysis and Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations at Edinburgh will redress this deficiency by making several appointments in the area; the new researchers will establish a world-class research group and will further build the UK's research capacity through a range of outreach activities. These will include the organisation of major conferences and instructional workshops, a high-profile visitor programme, as well as training the next generation of researchers through curriculum development at the postgraduate and advanced undergraduate level.

The scientific activities of the Centre are likely to include research in topics such as the Navier-Stokes equations which govern fluid flow; nonlinear problems from differential geometry; nonlinear hyperbolic and dispersive equations having their origin in physical applied mathematics; stochastic partial differential equations; and some of the computational problems and challenges associated with the applications of nonlinear partial differential equations in specific modelling problems.