The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) has awarded The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) £236.5m to further develop its large-scale research facilities.
The projects approved in STFC’s area through the government’s Large Facilities Capital Fund include £50m for the Hartree Centre, an advanced computational science centre at STFC’s Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus, and £24m for a new Imaging Solutions Centre based at STFC’s Harwell Science and Innovation Campus.
The STFC has also been allocated £30m for a Detector Systems Centre based at Daresbury and Harwell, £25m for ISIS Target Station 2 at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, £92.5m for the Diamond Light Source, and £15M for the Square Kilometre Array global radio telescope.
STFC’s chief executive, Prof Keith Mason said, ’Today’s announcement of £236.5M is a major addition to STFC’s three–year investment programme of £1.906bn and will further ensure the UK remains at the forefront of international scientific research.
STFC will now develop a detailed science and business case for each approved project for endorsement by Research Councils UK (RCUK) and submission to DIUS prior to funds being formally committed.