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Covering the period 2016 to 2020, our current Delivery Plan builds on our achievements and track record of delivering major projects on time and within budget and ensures that the world’s most complex scientific infrastructure is sustained at the cutting edge for UK researchers. We have delivered some outstanding science in recent years; most notably resulting in a UK Nobel Prize for the discovery of the Higgs boson and making an indispensable contribution to the first observation of gravitational waves. We will continue to maximise the economic and societal impact of our facilities, knowledge and capabilities in this way to underpin the UK’s future competitiveness.
Among the highlights are:
Continuing to deliver an excellent programme in particle physics, nuclear physics and astronomy
Guaranteeing on-going access to the world-leading international research facilities CERN, ESO, ESRF, ILL and FAIR
Supporting UK leadership in the technical upgrades at CERN and in the development of the world’s largest optical telescope ELT and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
Delivering new Government commitments to next-generation flagship European facilities ESS and XFEL, and establishing the UK-headquartered Square Kilometre Array – as the next big global inspirational science project
Assuring multidisciplinary researchers ongoing access and excellent support at our three world-leading UK national facilities, Diamond, ISIS and the Central Laser Facility, and through their upgrades deliver new capabilities for users
Developing opportunities to engage industry and other partners earlier in the development of technology solutions
Increasing innovation output from our funded activities, including from funded university programmes and STFC laboratories
Developing and implementing plans with our campus partners to deliver high value job creation and economic growth for the benefit of the UK
Establishing the Higgs Centre for Innovation in Edinburgh
Delivering a skills programme that reflects modern science and engineering requirements by coupling traditional STEM disciplines with skills in software engineering, technology development, and innovations in data science
Delivering a programme that increases the number of apprentices and graduates that join STFC’s programmes
Delivering a strong programme of public engagement in inspirational science to sustain the STEM skills pipeline
Through these and other measures, we will continue to deliver an internationally leading programme while supporting new international flagship science initiatives. Working with our partners and community to prioritise our investments, STFC will continue to take the lead in expanding the frontiers of human understanding, support researchers from across the UK research ecosystem address the major interdisciplinary challenges of the 21st century and ensure the UK remains the best place to do science.