One of Europe’s largest multi-disciplinary research organisations
Delivering World Class Research, Innovation and Skills

About Us

Who we are, what we do, how we do it…the foundations for success

STFC is one of the UK’s seven publicly funded Research Councils responsible for supporting, co-ordinating and promoting research, innovation and skills development in seven distinct fields.

Our uniqueness lies in the breadth of our remit and the sheer diversity of our portfolio, as we harness our world-leading expertise, facilities and resources to drive science and technology forward and maximise our impact for the benefit of the UK and its people.

We don’t simply deliver a non-stop flow of fundamental insights and breakthroughs in spheres ranging from particle and nuclear physics to space, laser and materials science. We also have a clear focus on the need to meet real-world requirements through new medicines, cleaner energy, safer aircraft, pioneering security solutions and much more besides.

We combine the radical with the practical and blend blue-skies thinking with hard-headed applied science. Through our UK operations and our involvement in major international collaborations, we generate outcomes that shape societies, strengthen economies, build industries, create jobs and transform lives.

Our aims, ambitions and achievements are underpinned not just by our unique suite of capabilities but also by the way we’re structured and governed, as well as by our clear, unambiguous commitment to the highest standards of efficiency and accountability.

This section guides you through our track record, current goals and future plans, and explains exactly how we extend the boundaries of knowledge, tear down barriers and boost today’s evolving knowledge economy, for the good of the UK and the world at large.

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