Funding opportunity

Funding opportunity: STFC large and/or complex projects

We will fund new, large and/or complex projects in the fields we support, such as:

  • participation in new experiments or missions
  • development of new instruments
  • upgrades to existing detectors
  • ongoing operation of existing facilities.

If you are interested in applying, you need to first discuss your ideas with one of our programme managers.

Who can apply

When you speak to the programme manager, they will advise you on specific eligibility requirements, and whether to submit a statement of interest to the council’s Science Board.

What we're looking for

We support large and/or complex projects that have significant scientific priority in:

  • particle physics
  • nuclear physics
  • astronomy
  • particle astrophysics
  • accelerator physics
  • computing for physics.

The UK Space Agency funds any projects that fall within its remit. This may include:

  • the development of space technology (above TRL 4)
  • space exploration, within the UKSA’s Aurora Programme
  • post-launch support for Space Missions during their operational phase.

Visit the UK Space Agency website for full details of their remit.

How to apply

You must first contact the relevant programme manager, their details are listed in the ‘contacts’ section. With them, you need to discuss your proposed programme.

Statement of interest deadline Science board meeting
1 February 2021 23 to 24 February 2021
29 March 2021 20 to 21 April 2021
21 June 2021 13 to 14 July 2021
20 September 2021 12 to 13 October 2021
15 November 2021 7 to 8 December 2021

Once the programme manager agrees, they will invite you to submit a statement of interest to the council’s Science Board. Your statement of interest must include key scientific aims and a full economic cost of the proposed programme of work.

The Executive and Science Board committee will then inform you on whether or not a full proposal will be invited. If invited, please apply to one of the following Projects Peer Review Panel (PPRP) deadlines:

Round Opportunity opens on Je-S Opportunity closes on Je-S PPRP meeting
PPRP Round 1 2022 22 October 2021 7 December 2021 8 March 2022
PPRP Round 2 2022 9 December 2021 27 January 2022 27 April 2022
PPRP Round 2 2022 – ATLAS 3 February 2022 22 March 2022 28 April 2022
PPRP Round 3 2022 27 January 2022 10 March 2022 15 to 16 June 2022
PPRP Round 4 2022 26 April 2022 7 June 2022 7 September 2022
PPRP Round 5 2022 8 June 2022 20 July 2022 20 to 21 October 2022
PPRP Round 6 2022 21 July 2022 1 September 2022 1 to 2  December 2022

See the full guidance on applying for a large project.

How we will assess your application

Statements of interest are reviewed by the STFC Science Board, which provides us with a strategic scientific overview of all the programmes we support.

If your project proceeds to a full proposal, it will go to our Projects Peer Review Panel. The panel’s findings are reported to the Science Board, which makes a recommendation to the STFC executive.

The UK Space Agency reviews statements of interest and full proposals for any projects within its remit. Final decisions on them will be taken by the UK Space Agency executive.

You will receive full details of the assessment process if you are invited to make an application.


Contact details

Senior Programme Manager and Projects Peer Review Panel Secretary

Advisory Board and Strategy Manager (Science Board)

Head of Nuclear Physics and Particle Astrophysics

Head of Particle Physics

Head of Astronomy Facilities

Senior Programme Manager Accelerators

Senior Programme Managers Digital Research Infrastructure

Science Programme Manager UK Space Agency

Science Programme Manager UK Space Agency

Additional info

Supporting documents

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