Particle Physics Town Meeting 2010. John Womersley Director, Science Programmes March 2010. Outline. Programme Prioritisation and implementation Particle Physics Grants New Accelerator Centre at Daresbury Drayson/Sterling Review of STFC UK Space Agency
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Director, Science Programmes
Programme Prioritisation and implementation
Particle Physics Grants
New Accelerator Centre at Daresbury
Drayson/Sterling Review of STFC
UK Space Agency
Comprehensive Spending Review
Focuses support on highest priorities within each area
Support (at reduced funding levels) the following projects:
Roll-out of commitments or limited support
Roll-out of commitments or limited support
Feedback letters sent to all PIs.
PPAN and PALS reports released at http://www.scitech.ac.uk/About/Stats/Rev/intro.aspx. These include the feedback on each project.
We have completed a thorough reprioritisation of STFC’s programme, starting with community consultation.We will support only the highest priority items in each area. This requires some painful reductions in support - in all the areas of science supported by STFC. STFC has presented an affordable, sustainable plan within a constrained budget. The programme priorities give us a firm basis for prudent planning in tough times to come.
subject to successful review of a new proposal after 2012
MEIS and High Power
Front End Ion Source
High brightness E-gun
Injector Test Facility
SRF Module and Security R&D Facility
Advanced X-Ray Source (Security, Energy, Health)
Laser & Plasma
SRF Cleanroom and Processing
Existing AND being utilised/implemented right now
2010 studentship allocations announced – 235 studentships, a 10% reduction.
2010 Advanced fellowships offered – 12 fellowships, no reduction
Cancellation of the postdoctoral fellowships protected the studentships and advanced fellowships from an expected 25% reduction.
Consultation underway on balance of Studentships vs. Advanced fellows vs. Postdoctoral fellows for future years.
“...there are real tensions in having international science projects, large scientific facilities and UK grant giving roles within a single RC. It leads to grants being squeezed by increases in costs of the large international projects which are not solely within their control. I will work urgently with Professor Sterling, STFC and the wider research community to find a better solution by the end of February 2010.”
Lord Drayson 16 December 2009
BIS asked the Research Councils to look at future funding arrangements for facilities in July 2009. Defined as the UK based facilities - CLF, ISIS and Diamond.
Cross Council discussions led by RDG.
Developed key principles that a good funding option would need to address:
how to best target science and extract the most benefit from large scale research facilities
how to optimise the operation
how to choose and manage the acquisition of large scale research facilities.
Funders understand the operating costs and the drivers of costs at all stages for each facility – open book accounting
Funders agree the desirable levels of long term support, but also regular reviews to allow for changes if needed
Enable funders to commit to costs before demand is established but negotiate extra access at cost if level of demand changes
Allow appropriate access by international researchers and UK researchers who do not currently hold Research Council grants
No change to concept of the capital costs being funded from the Large Facilities Capital Fund
Required capability and funding for each facility agreed at the beginning of each CSR period, with indicative planning for additional 3 years (3 + 3 model).
This funding to be allocated by BIS to STFC on a ring fenced basis.
RCUK Implementation group to be established to fill in the (many) details e.g. upgrade / replacement funding, international access, access for non grant holders.
New model to begin April 2011.
Reasons for optimism?
In the next decade:
… and much more
Accepted by ESO December 2009
Grants, projects, students
Research Councils UK agreed that the other Research Councils will make up to £14M available to STFC from within the Science and Research Budget.
This exceptional action, in FY2010-11 only, will assist STFC to move to a sustainable new strategy in line with the level of resource already provided to STFC by Government in CSR07.
In particular it has removed the risk that STFC's existing research grants to universities for scientific exploitation activities would need to be terminated early.