STFC’s astronomy and space science programme takes account of the highest priority projects and facilities as identified by the STFC’s Science Board in its Programmatic Reviews and Science Roadmapping exercises. These take input from the Advisory Panels (Astronomy Advisory Panel, Solar System Advisory Panel and Particle Astrophysics Advisory Panel), and where appropriate reference the key science questions for European astronomy and space science, as published by Astronet on behalf of the European astronomy community.
Our programme aims to address each of the four key science questions in the science challenges.
STFC provides grants to universities and research institutions to support the development of generic technologies, astronomy theory and the exploitation of facilities in astronomy and space science. Much of this funding goes to support post-doctoral research associates, which are the backbone of the UK's research effort.