We are creating a unified UKRI website that brings together the existing research council, Innovate UK and Research England websites.
If you would like to be involved in its development let us know.

STFC Horizons Programme

The STFC Horizons Programme aims to proactively build and support collaborations between STFC, UKRI, and external partners to enable our community to be an active partner in strategically selected, multi-disciplinary programmes. The programme, announced at the STFC Knowledge Exchange event in October 2020, addresses targeted priority areas, around which STFC’s capabilities can be strategically applied, in partnership with UKRI and external partners. These priority areas are:

  • Emerging/Transformative Technologies – underpinning technologies of the future
  • Healthcare – technology and data for a healthy population
  • Net Zero – future energy sources and supply and addressing the climate emergency
  • Security – UK defence, security and resilience

STFC Horizons Programme funding is intended to provide pump-priming opportunities that support the STFC community’s capacity to contribute in targeted priority areas, or proof-of-concept funds that allow focused development of promising concepts in these targeted priority areas.

STFC Horizons Programme 2021 activities

The next priority area addressed within the STFC Horizons Programme will be the Net Zero societal challenge.

Our next activity is a call is for projects aimed at exploring and/or demonstrating the application of STFC-funded science, technology, applications or expertise specifically within the Net Zero priority. Further details can be found in the funding opportunities page.

Call opens Call closes Panel meeting date Outcome announced
05 May 2021 16 June 20211 15 September 2021 September 2021

In advance of submitting a proposal to this call through Je-S, we ask that you contact our team inbox (STFCHorizons@stfc.ac.uk) at the earliest opportunity to express your interest and give some very brief proposal details in a short summary paragraph, this way we can be aware of the volume of applications we will be expecting.

Panel membership

  • Professor David Jenkins (Chair) - University of York
  • Mr Allan Simpson - National Nuclear Laboratory 
  • Professor Anna Barnett - University of Sussex
  • Dr Agustin Valera-Medina - Cardiff University
  • Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer - Heriot Watt University


For any queries or more details, please contact our team inbox STFCHorizons@stfc.ac.uk

Last updated: 19 August 2021


Science and Technology Facilities Council
Switchboard: +44 (0)1793 442000