The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is the largest particle physics laboratory in Europe and home to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. STFC has strong links with CERN, providing opportunities for UK companies to tender to CERN, facilitating knowledge transfer and through the management of pilot business incubation centre initiative, the STFC CERN BIC.
European Southern Observatory (ESO)
Through support from STFC the UK is one of the fifteen member countries of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), which provides state-of-the-art research facilities to astronomers and astrophysicists.
European Space Agency
We work with the European Space Agency in a range of ways, from working to deliver tenders on major European projects to delivering their technology transfer brokerage and incubation centre programmes within the UK.
European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)
The European Synchrotron Radiation facility (ESRF) based in France operates the most powerful high energy synchrotron light source in Europe. The ESRF is shared by 19 countries, with STFC looking after the UK’s interest, representing a 14% share hold in the ESRF.
Goodman is one of our partners at Harwell Campus alongside the UK Atomic Energy Authority. Goodman is responsible for the management of the campus.
Halton Borough Council
Halton Borough Council is a joint venture partner in the Sci-Tech Daresbury national science and innovation campus. Sci-Tech Daresbury is located in the borough of Halton. The promotion of science, technology and advanced manufacturing and the exploitation and application of new technologies are key objectives of the council.
We are key partners at Harwell Campus, a public-private joint venture with the UK Atomic Energy Authority and property group Goodman.
HEPTech is the high energy particle physics technology transfer network lead by CERN. We are one of the 26 high energy physics research institutions in Europe which work together to use technologies originally developed for research in particle and nuclear physics to help challenges faced by industry and society. Every three years a HEPTech Coordinator is elected from one of the member states. The current Coordinator is from STFC.
Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)
An international research centre based in Grenoble which operates the most intense neutron source in the world, STFC manages the funding subscription from the UK for these facilities.
Knowledge Transfer Networks
We work closely with many of the UK’s 15 Knowledge Transfer Networks (KTNs). KTNs bring businesses, research organisations, universities, government and others together to stimulate innovation.
Langtree is one of our partners in the Sci-Tech Daresbury science and innovation campus alongside Halton Borough Council. Langtree is responsible for the management of the campus.
PraxisUnico is an educational not-for-profit organisation set up to support innovation and commercialisation of public sector and charity research for social and economic impact. As a member organisation, STFC works with PraxisUnico to support training and development in the knowledge exchange and commercialisation community as well as facilitating interaction between our researchers, business and government.
Rainbow Seed Fund
STFC is the lead partner in the Rainbow Seed Fund, a £13m, evergreen early stage investment fund which invests between £25,000 and £500,000 in projects and companies which exploit technology developed by the fund partners. The Fund is managed by Midven, a Midlands based venture capital fund.
The Research Councils UK (RCUK) is a partnership between STFC and the other six UK research councils. Established in 2002 RCUK aims to facilitate cooperation between each council to increase the productivity of each one. RCUK supports excellent research that has an impact on the growth, prosperity and wellbeing of the UK.
Royal Society of Edinburgh
STFC works with the Royal Society of Edinburgh to deliver the Enterprise Fellowships programme, which supports STFC-funded scientists to develop their business ideas by providing time and training to commercialise their research.
Satellite Applications Catapult
The Satellite Applications Catapult is one of a network of seven UK technology and innovation centres which aim to drive economic growth through commercialisation of research. It is a fundamental part of the Harwell Campus space cluster and we are working with it to support early stage companies.
We are key partners in the Sci-Tech Daresbury national science and innovation campus, a public-private joint venture with Halton Borough Council and property group and investment company Langtree.
Innovation UK's aim is to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation. STFC supports this through the provision of technology, access to its facilities, and through innovation support on the national science and innovation campuses. It engages with KTNs and the Satellite Applications Catapult and is hosting two Innovate UK Launchpad programmes.
UK Atomic Energy Authority
The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) is one of our partners at Harwell Campus. The UKAEA manages the UK fusion research programme and operates the Joint European Torus (JET) on behalf of the European Fusion Development Agreement (EFDA) at Culham, Oxfordshire.
UK Innovation Forum
The UK Innovation Forum (UKIF) is a network that makes it easier for industry to collaborate with, and access the intellectual property of, academic research institutions across the UK.
UK Trade and Investment
UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) works with UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets, and encourage the best overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner of choice. We work with them in a range of ways including to reach UK industry and to promote the contract opportunities available at international facilities.
UK Space Agency
STFC is a partner in the UK Space Agency (UKSA), the executive agency responsible for the UK’s civil space programme.
We work with universities across the UK funding academic research and supporting knowledge exchange and technology transfer through a range of initiatives and programmes.
Venture Capitalists and Angel Networks
We work with a venture capitalists and angel networks who are able to make financial investments in high-tech companies.
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