Parliamentary Ombudsman (link opens in a new window)- (also known as the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration) carries out independent investigations into complaints about UK government departments and agencies such as the research councils with the aim of improving public services.
The STFC also has close working relationships with the following bodies:-
Science and Engineering Base Co-ordinating Committee - This committee addresses scientific and engineering issues that cross boundaries between government departments. It is chaired by the government's Chief Scientific Adviser and includes representatives from the Education Departments, the Director General of the Research Councils, the Chief Executives of the Research Councils, and the Chief Executives of the Higher Education Funding Councils.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office Science and Technology Unit - STFC works with this unit and its scientific attachés to identify opportunities and shape collaborations with researchers from other countries.
The (MoD) - STFC and the MoD often have a common interest in advanced technologies. We meet with them regularly to coordinate collaborative research.
The Higher Education Funding Councils (HEFCE) - The Higher Education Funding Councils for England, Scotland and Wales are another source of funding for universities in their region. We work with them to coordinate support for scientific and technical research that’s relevant to our charter.
The Regional Development Agencies - especially through their involvement in the science councils.
The Innovate UK - which was set up to drive forward the Government’s Technology Strategy
The STFC also either works with or provides funding for:
The Department of Health (DoH) - The STFC's concordat with the DoH (PDF - 64kB - link opens in a new window) is a legacy agreement with PPARC, before the STFC was formed, and was transferred upon the merger of PPARC and CCLRC. The agreement declares that where there are complimentary roles or an overlap of interests between the two organisations, they will mutually cooperate to take maximum advantage of respective skills and experience.