STFC Priority Projects – update

August 28, 2018, from Huw Morgan

The recent urgency call for STFC Priority Projects saw a total of 76 new project ideas submitted to the Astronomy Advisory Panel (AAP) and Solar System Advisory Panel (SSAP). Of this number, 47 were submitted to the AAP and 29 were submitted to the SSAP. Each Advisory Panel had the difficult task of only being permitted to shortlist a maximum of 5 project ideas to STFC for further development. The shortlisted PIs have been notified and are currently working with STFC to develop their ideas for the next stage.

We would like to thank everyone who put forward their project ideas. The high volume of responses received to this call really highlighted the breadth and diversity of our programme. However, as is often the case, there were significantly more good ideas submitted than what could be put forward.

It is worth noting that STFC is currently undertaking detailed programme evaluations of each of the specific research disciplines (Astronomy, Particle Physics, Nuclear Physics and Particle Astrophysics) plus the Accelerator and Computing programmes that supports these disciplines. The purpose of these evaluations is to look at the portfolio and science strategy in detail to define a balanced programme of excellent science within a realistic financial planning envelope for each scientific discipline. The Nuclear Physics and Particle Astrophysics evaluations are currently underway with the Astronomy evaluation due to start in September/October time. There will be engagement with the community via the Advisory Panels so colleagues are encouraged to provide input to this process.

Best wishes,

Paul and Huw