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The figure is disclosed in a leaked, internal document posted on the internet by climate change sceptics who have seized upon it as evidence of a funding "gravy train" for scientists conducting research into the area.
The grants were awarded following successful applications made by Professor Phil Jones, who .ed up the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia.
The spreadsheet listing all successful grant applications made by Professor Jones was part of the batch of leaked documents. It shows Professor Jones, along with other academics at the university, received more than 50 separate grants with a value of £13.7 million from a number of funding bodies including the European Union, NATO, and the US Department Of Energy.