Projects Peer Review Panel

Terms of reference

For all new major projects and project technology development projects which have been approved for PPRP review, the panel will provide advice to the STFC Executives and STFC Science Board on the following:

  • the quality of the science and technology involved in the proposal and the stated scientific and technical objectives and consider whether the proposal is likely to achieve those objectives;
     
  • the science return for investment and how well the project fits with the Council strategy;
     
  • the likely global and UK scientific impact of the project and at what level it is supported by its relevant scientific community;
     
  • the timeliness of the project and competition to the project;
     
  • the scientific, technical, schedule and financial risks and make recommendations for the management of risk;
     
  • any milestones against which the project should be monitored and raise any possible future issues for the relevant science committee and Oversight Committee;
     
  • the standing of the groups and collaborators who are involved in the project; including the proponent's track record, the level of UK involvement in the project and the management structure and procedures required to ensure that the stated project goals are achieved;
     
  • how well the project is connected to industry and the science and society plan for disseminating the project to the public;
     
  • the staff and capital costs required for R&D and construction to complete the project to the proposed specification and if appropriate provide different project cost scenarios and their implications to the project.
     

In addition, the PPRP will advise the STFC Executive and Science Board, where requested, on the merit of:

  • new technology research projects in particle physics, particle astrophysics, nuclear physics and astronomy.
     
  • upgrades to approved particle physics, particle astrophysics projects, nuclear physics and astronomy.

Membership from January 2016

Chair

  • Dr Victoria Martin - University of Edinburgh - until 31 December 2017
     

Membership

  • Dr Anthony Affolder – University of Liverpool – until 31 December 2017
     
  • Dr Graeme Burt – Lancaster University – until 31 December 2017
     
  • Dr Monica D’Onofrio – University of Liverpool – until 31 December 2018
     
  • Dr Lars Eklund – University of Glasgow – until 31 December 2017
     
  • Mr Mark Heron – Diamond Light Source – until 31 December 2017
     
  • Dr Catherine Heymans – University of Edinburgh – until 31 December 2017
     
  • Professor Peter Hobson – Brunel University – until 31 December 2018
     
  • Dr Ilian Iliev – University of Sussex – until 31 December 2018
     
  • Prof Cigdem Issever – University of Oxford – until 31 December 2017
     
  • Dr David Jenkins – University of York – until 31 December 2018
     
  • Dr Thomas Kitching – Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London – until 31 December 2017
     
  • Dr Cristina Lazzeroni – University of Birmingham – until 31 December 2017
     
  • Professor Julian Osborne (Deputy Chair) – University of Leicester – until 31 December 2017
     
  • Dr Enzo Pascale – University of Cardiff – until 31 December 2017
     
  • Dr Simon Peeters - University of Sussex - until 31 December 2018
     
  • Dr Giampaolo Pisano – University of Cardiff – until 31 December 2018
     
  • Dr Yorck Ramachers – University of Warwick – until 31 December 2017
     
  • Dr Bjoern Seitz – University of Glasgow – until 31 December 2018
     
  • Dr Konstantin Stefanov – Open University – until 31 December 2017
     
  • Dr Alex Tapper – Imperial College London – until 31 December 2018
     
  • Dr Christopher Townsley – Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory– until 31 December 2018
     
  • Dr Robert Wicks – MSSL – until 31 December 2018

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