18 June 2018
STFC Executive Chair Mark Thomson has opened a formal series of discussions with our research communities designed to identify new world class science and technology proposals for potential future investment. The areas in scope are: particle physics, particle astrophysics, nuclear physics, astronomy, UK National Facilities (Diamond, Central Laser Facility and ISIS Neutron Source), e-infrastructure, accelerator R&D, enabling technologies, and STFC laboratory departments.
“STFC’s research portfolio is world class in terms of excellence and impact. Our research communities and staff already deliver significant research, economic, societal and international benefits for the UK: ranging from high-value skills training and STEM inspiration, to healthcare, the environment, energy and food security, and stronger international partnerships among others,” Professor Thomson said.
“The creation of UK Research and Innovation, and the government’s ambition to raise R&D funding to 2.4% of GDP, provide us with an opportunity to think more widely about what we want for the future – and to make doubly and triply sure we’re being as ambitious as the global scale of our sciences warrant. This process will ensure STFC is well placed if and when funding opportunities arise in the future.”
The discussion process will be run through STFC’s existing advisory processes, and is in addition to the existing peer and project review mechanisms. STFC’s research communities are being asked to develop a consensus on four priority projects in each area, able to be started in the next five to six years, and across a range of financial sizes – some very large, some medium, some smaller.