The definition and delivery of the STFC science programme is aided by a range of advisory, peer-review, co-ordinating, steering and management committees. Each has specific terms of reference and a membership decided in consultation with the community in many cases following a call for nominations.
Scientific assessment of research grant proposals is made by experts in the field from academia, government and industry. Research grant proposals are assessed by individual reviewers and by Peer Review panels Normally at least two reviewers are used, one of whom may be nominated by the applicant. Nominated reviewers must not be collaborators; neither should they be from the applicant's or collaborator's home organisation. STFC reserves the right not to use nominated reviewers.