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Projects Peer Review Panel

Terms of reference

For all new major projects and project technology development projects which have been approved for PPRP review, the panel will provide advice to the STFC Executives and STFC Science Board on the following:

  • the quality of the science and technology involved in the proposal and the stated scientific and technical objectives and consider whether the proposal is likely to achieve those objectives;
     
  • the science return for investment and how well the project fits with the Council strategy;
     
  • the likely global and UK scientific impact of the project and at what level it is supported by its relevant scientific community;
     
  • the timeliness of the project and competition to the project;
     
  • the scientific, technical, schedule and financial risks and make recommendations for the management of risk;
     
  • any milestones against which the project should be monitored and raise any possible future issues for the relevant science committee and Oversight Committee;
     
  • the standing of the groups and collaborators who are involved in the project; including the proponent's track record, the level of UK involvement in the project and the management structure and procedures required to ensure that the stated project goals are achieved;
     
  • how well the project is connected to industry and the science and society plan for disseminating the project to the public;
     
  • the staff and capital costs required for R&D and construction to complete the project to the proposed specification and if appropriate provide different project cost scenarios and their implications to the project.
     

In addition, the PPRP will advise the STFC Executive and Science Board, where requested, on the merit of:

  • new technology research projects in particle physics, particle astrophysics, nuclear physics and astronomy.
     
  • upgrades to approved particle physics, particle astrophysics projects, nuclear physics and astronomy.

Membership from January 2018

Chair

  • Professor Julian Osborne – University of Leicester – until 31 December 2019

Membership

  • Professor Nils Andersson – University of Southampton – until 31 December 2019
     
  • Professor Malcolm Bremer - University of Bristol – until 31 December 2019
     
  • Dr Graeme Burt – Lancaster University – until 31 December 2019
     
  • Professor Garrett Cotter – University of Oxford - until 31 December 2019
     
  • Dr Monica D’Onofrio – University of Liverpool – until 31 December 2018
     
  • Professor Lars Eklund (Deputy Chair) – University of Glasgow – until 31 December 2019
     
  • Dr Sinead Farrington – University of Warwick – until 31 December 2019
     
  • Dr Jon Hays - Queen Mary, University of London – until December 2019
     
  • Mr Mark Heron – Diamond Light Source – until 31 December 2019
     
  • Professor Peter Hobson – Brunel University – until 31 December 2018
     
  • Dr Ilian Iliev – University of Sussex – until 31 December 2018
     
  • Professor David Jenkins – University of York – until 31 December 2018
     
  • Dr Thomas Kitching – Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London – until 31 December 2019
     
  • Professor Cristina Lazzeroni – University of Birmingham – until 31 December 2019
     
  • Dr Simon Peeters - University of Sussex - until 31 December 2018
     
  • Dr Giampaolo Pisano – University of Cardiff – until 31 December 2018
     
  • Dr Bjoern Seitz – University of Glasgow – until 31 December 2018
     
  • Dr Alex Tapper – Imperial College London – until 31 December 2018
     
  • Dr Christopher Townsley – Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory – until 31 December 2018
     
  • Dr Jaap Velthus – University of Bristol – until 31 December 2019
     
  • Dr Robert Wicks – MSSL – until 31 December 2018
     

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