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STFC grantees split over review

Images: Max Pixel and Jan von Holleben [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Astronomers and experimental particle physicists are divided over a review of one of the main funding schemes run by the Science and Technology Facilities Council.

In 2010, the STFC introduced Consolidated Grants, to which a university department may submit one proposal in a given research area—such as astronomy or particle physics—in each funding round. Around £55 million of the roughly £100m that the council awards as research grants annually is channelled through this programme.

In October, the council wrote to STFC-funded principal investigators to announce that Alison Davenport, a materials scientist at the University of Birmingham and former chairwoman of the STFC science board, is leading a panel reviewing the strengths and weaknesses of these grants.

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