The STFC Balance of Programme (PDF, 3414KB) (BoP1) exercise, published in 2017, looked at the balance of funding between the PPAN research disciplines. A process was agreed, by both Science Board and Executive Board, stating that in addition to this 3 yearly exercise, more detailed programme evaluations of the specific research disciplines should be carried out. The purpose of the programme evaluations is to look at the portfolio and science strategy to define a balanced programme of excellent science within a realistic financial planning envelope for each scientific discipline.
The evaluations will cover not only the four PPAN programme disciplines:
The evaluations will generate detailed, standardised information and data on specific research disciplines and will be used to feed into the next Balance of Programmes (BOP2) exercise. They will run alongside a similar evaluation of skills that is being undertaken within STFC. The evaluations will aim to rank projects/experiments/facilities (type of activity depends on the subject area) and outline scientific priorities within their area. The evaluations will provide advice on the shape of the programme. The evaluations will also look at funding levels for new ideas and technology development.
Consideration will also be given to how to ensure projects for which STFC has supported construction are ensured appropriate support for exploitation and return on investment.
Each evaluation will be carried out by its own panel. To ensure consistency between the evaluations and help build knowledge and experience ahead of BoP2.
Each programme evaluations will obtain details of the possibilities/consequence of a + / – 10% funding scenario over the next 5 years. The evaluations will be completed by May 2019 to enable the information to feed into BoP2, which will begin in spring 2019 and report to Science Board in December 2019.
Consideration should also be given as to whether each project still sits within the appropriate research area for future budgetary tensioning.
The outcome of the programme evaluations will be published and available to the community.
For more information contact Malcolm Booy.
The draft generic Terms of Reference for the programme evaluations are:
The programme evaluations will be carried out over three meetings by the review group. A set of standard proformas will be devised by PD to be sent to the relevant PI’s and Advisory Panels to be used in the reviews to help standardise the formats of the reports. This will enable greater consistency in the material that is provided.
The agreed timeline for starting each evaluation is listed below. Each evaluation will be expected to last around five/six months.
|Computing||QTR 4 2017|
|Particle Astrophysics||QTR 1 2018|
|Nuclear Physics||QTR 2 2018|
|Particle Physics||QTR 3 2018|
|Astronomy||QTR 3 2018|
|Accelerators||QTR 4 2018|