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, and small upgrades for space instruments and missions, fall within the remit of the UK Space Agency
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.
The scheme funds projects that are between the Technology Readiness Levels of 4 and 6. Definitions of Technology Readiness Levels are shown in the table below.
|TRL 1||Basic principles observed and reported.|
|TRL 2||Technology concept and/or application formulated.|
|TRL 3||Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof-of-concept.|
|TRL 4||Technology basic validation in a laboratory environment.|
|TRL 5||Technology basic validation in a relevant environment.|
|TRL 6||Technology model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment.|
|TRL 7||Technology prototype demonstration in an operational environment.|
|TRL 8||Actual Technology completed and qualified through test and demonstration.|
|TRL 9||Actual Technology qualified through successful mission operations.|
Proposals are welcome from consortia comprising industrial and academic collaborations or from individual UK institutions. Resources are aimed towards:
The PRD scheme applies to the pre-construction phase of projects and seeks to pave the way for more:
Proposals to support scientific exploitation of existing projects should be made to the appropriate grants panel (Astronomy Grants Panel, Particle Physics Grants Panel, Nuclear Physics Grants Panel) and not via the PRD scheme.