InLab funding

2016 – 2017

Erasmus+ KA1 Learning Mobility Grant for 18 staff and students between Goldsmiths and Tomsk State University. 71,778 Euro

2016 – 2017

KCL Public Engagement Small Grant: Support for organising public engagement events (conferences, workshops). £750.

2011 – 2015 Mega Grant

On 22nd of September 2011 we have been awarded a ‘mega grant’ – a £3mln (150mln rubles) grant from the Government of the Russian Federation (11.G34.31.0043; PI – Prof Yulia Kovas) to set up a Laboratory for Cognitive Investigations and Behavioural Genetics at Tomsk State University.

The laboratory will study individual differences in cognitive development, focusing on STEM-related abilities. Individual differences enable societies to adapt to new environments, to survive in the face of many challenges, and to succeed in the face of great changes. Capitalising on this variation will lead to greater adaptability and better life for all people through improvements in social organizations, innovative solutions for the problems facing us. In order to capitalise on the existing variation, we need to first understand its nature. Why do people differ in their ability to learn, in their memory capacities, or in their motivation? These differences develop through complex interactions between genes and environments. Our aim is to provide new insights into the mechanisms of these interactions and to apply this new understanding to optimising education to each individual.

A major part of this grant will be the establishment of the Russian School Twin Registry – recruiting twins from over 54,000 schools in Russia. This unique resource, in combination with the existing Twin’s Early Development Study in the UK, will lead to the major new insights into the origins of individual differences in learning. We will also conduct molecular genetic and cross-cultural investigations of cognitive abilities to provide new insights into the mechanisms of cognitive development. We hope that this exciting new research will lead to major breakthroughs in education, in particular – in the STEM fields.


Molecular genetic foundations of individual differences in intelligence. The Tomsk State University Academic D.I Mendeleev Fund ~ £120,500 (9,600,000 roubles).

2014 – 2016

Genetically Informative Longitudinal Investigation of Early Mental Development of Children. Russian Scientific Fund. Competition: Scientific Investigations by International Scientific Groups, Tomsk State University. ˜ £500,000 (30mln roubles).

2014 – 2015

Renewal of the Large Grant (No 11.G34.31.0043) from the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation ‘Genetically sensitive investigations into individual differences in STEM). ~ £600,000.


Grant from the Russian Fund for Fundamental Investigation to supervise a UK student’s internship at the Psychological Institute of the Russian Academy of Education: The role of genetic and environmental factors in the individual differences in academic motivation in adolescents: cross-cultural investigation. ~ £4,500

2012 – 2013

Grant from the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation (1.1 Programme: Agreement ?8013). Individual Differences in Cognitive Abilities: cross-cultural behavioural genetic analysis. ~£80,000 (4mln rubles).

2011 – 2013

Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation Large Grant (11.G34.31.0043): ‘Genetically-sensitive cross-cultural investigations into individual differences in STEM.’ ~£3mln. (150 mln rubles).


Royal Society International Project Grant. Everyone counts? Cognitive Underpinnings of Individual Differences in Maths. Cross-Cultural Investigation: China, Russia, UK, Kyrgysia. £11,770.

2010 – 2011

Russian Federal Programme Grant (for Russian Scientists living abroad). Socio-Cultural and Psychological Determinants of Intellectual Competency and Academic and Professional Success in STEM. 18 months programme grant. £70,000.

2010 – 2011

British Academy Grant: Cross-Cultural Study of Children’s Numerical Ability: UK-Russia. £7,027.

2010 – 2011

Collaborative grant awarded by Beijing Normal University for the establishment of a long-term collaborative research: Cross-Cultural Study of Children’s Numerical Processing in China and UK. £5,000 awarded for the initial UK assessment.

2009 – 2015

MRC programme grant: £1,750,976 2010-2015: ‘Origins of learning difficulties and behaviour problems: from behavioural genetics to behavioural genomics’.