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Balance of Programme Exercise - PPAN evaluations

Balance of Programme Exercise - PPAN evaluations

The first STFC Balance of Programme  exercise was published in 2017. This exercise looked at the balance of funding between the PPAN research disciplines – particle physics, nuclear physics, particle astrophysics, and astronomy – and the computing and accelerator programmes that complement those disciplines.

The Balance of Programme process runs on a three-year cycle agreed by both Science Board and STFC’s Executive Board. To support the process, more detailed programme evaluations of the specific research disciplines are carried out. The purpose of the programme evaluations is to look at the portfolio and science strategy to define a balanced programme of excellent science, within a realistic financial planning envelope for each scientific discipline.

The evaluations:

  • provide detailed, standardised information and data on specific research disciplines 
  • look at projects/experiments/facilities (the type of activity examined depends on the subject area) and outline scientific priorities within their area.
  • consider how to ensure projects for which STFC has supported construction are ensured appropriate support for exploitation and return on investment.
  • contain details of the potential consequences of a +/- 10% funding scenario over the next five years.

These evaluations are all released simultaneously to feed into the Balance of Programme 2020 exercise, which will run from January – May 2020.

As the programme evaluations were completed at different times over a two-year period, the Balance of Programme 2020 exercise will commence with STFC asking relevant advisory panels for any significant updates to the specific programme evaluations. 

The evaluation documents and accompanying updates will then be considered by Science Board in a series of Balance of Programme 2020 meetings in the period February – May 2020. The conclusions of the exercise will be published on the STFC website upon completion of the work.

For further information on the Balance of Programmes 2020 exercise, please contact Karen Clifford.


The membership of the Panels which have been established can be found below.

  • Tara Shears (Science Board) – Chair
  • Rob Appleby (CI Manchester)
  • Stephen Gibson (JAI RHUL)
  • Simon Hooker (Oxford)
  • Carsten Welsch (CI Liverpool)
  • Alan Wheelhouse (AsTEC)
Astronomy Evaluation Panel
  • Don Pollacco (Warwick)
  • Malcolm Bremer (Bristol)
  • Ineke de Moortel (St Andrews)
  • Leigh Fletcher (Leicester)
  • Nina Hatch (Nottingham)
  • Melvin Hoare (Leeds)
  • Alberto Vecchio (Birmingham)
  • David Wands (Portsmouth)
  • Chris Watson (QUB)
  • Ofer Lahav (UCL)
  • Andrew Sansum (RAL)
  • Jacqueline Pallas (KCL)
  • Debora Sijacki (Cambridge)
  • Andrew McNab (Manchester)
  • Paul Alexander (Cambridge)
  • Andreas Juettner (Southampton)
  • Victoria Martin (Edinburgh)
Nuclear Physics
  • Don Pollacco (Warwick)
  • Paul Stephenson (Surrey)
  • Alison Bruce (Brighton)
  • Peter Jones (Birmingham)
  • Mike Bentley (York)
  • Jordi Jose (Catalunta)
  • Jon Billowes (Manchester)
  • Maria Borge (CFMAC)
Particle Astrophysics
  • Tara Shears (Liverpool)
  • Morgan Wascko (Imperial)
  • Giles Hammond (Glasgow)
  • Garret Cotter (Oxford)
  • Richard Battye (Manchester)
  • Alex Murphy (Edinburgh)
Particle Physics Evaluation Panel
  • Ofer Lahav – Chair (UCL)
  • Chris Allton (Swansea)
  • Henrique Araujo (Imperial)
  • Gary Barker (Warwick)
  • Monica D’Onofrio (Liverpool)
  • Lars Eklund (Glasgow)
  • Nick Evans (Southampton)
  • Julie Kirk (RAL PPD)
  • Jocelyn Monroe (RHUL)
  • Dave Newbold (STFC)

Last updated: 20 December 2019


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