FUNDING
 

Project Research and Development scheme
(PRD)

This funding scheme is intended to develop the capabilities needed to underpin UK science and technology leadership in future Science and Technology Facility Council projects and gives industry the opportunity, in collaboration with approved research organisations, to apply directly to the Research Councils for funding for research and development.

The PRD scheme provides funding for research and development projects which enable STFC to deliver the science programme objectives in the areas of particle physics, particle astrophysics, nuclear physics and astronomy. Please note that proposals for project specific R&D, or small upgrades for space instruments and missions, fall within the remit of the UK Space Agency (link opens in a new window).

PRD funding is available for projects which develop technology beyond that of laboratory experimentation or modelling and show that the technology can be deployed in a future project; or for demonstration projects which prove the design concept of new equipment (including software) that can then be implemented in a full scale project.

Call for Applications

STFC has announced a call for applications to the Projects Research and Development scheme (PRD). Applications should be submitted by the deadline of July 29th 2014 and will be reviewed at a meeting of the PPRP Panel on October 28/29 2014. STFC intends to allocate a total of around £1.2 Million. It is expected that most grants will start no earlier than 1 April 2015.

The PRD scheme is intended to develop the capabilities needed to underpin UK science and technology leadership in future Science and Technology Facilities Council projects and gives industry the opportunity, in collaboration with approved research organisations, to apply directly to the STFC for funding for research and development.

The PRD scheme provides funding for research and development projects which enable STFC to deliver the science programme objectives in the areas of particle physics, particle astrophysics, nuclear physics and astronomy. Please note that proposals for project specific R&D, or small upgrades for space instruments and missions, fall within the remit of the UK Space Agency.

PRD Application Process

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PRD guidance

Both applicants from public sector research establishments and commercial applicants should submit a comprehensive PRD proposal according to the following guidelines:

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