Nuclear Physics Town Meeting Professor Mark Thomson STFC Executive Chair 6 April 2018 STFC Executive Chair: Mark Thomson Took up the role three days ago Professor of Experimental Particle Physics D.Phil in particle astrophysics (underground cosmic ray astronomy) Research spans collider physics, neutrinos and computational techniques Held national and international research leadership roles Until recently, co-leader of the Deep Underground Neutrino
Experiment (DUNE), a collaboration of >1000 scientists, working on construction of a major new project in the US Author of Modern Particle Physics Recent Highlights Recent Highlights The UK continues to achieve scientific success on the global stage Our Impact Report 2017 showcases impact on the UK research and innovation landscape over the past decade and marks 10 years of operation at Diamond Light Source, 40 years at the Central Laser Facility, 50 years at Chilbolton Observatory and 60 years at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
DUNE/LBNF investment The US-led DUNE/LBNF project will undertake a game-changing programme of neutrino physics targeting big science challenges STFC is investing 65 million as part of the $500 million international project Part of high-level UK US Science and Technology Agreement A good example of a targeted government investment in a major new scientific opportunity APPEC Roadmap The Roadmap makes 21 strategic recommendations for the astroparticle physics community ranging from multimessenger astronomy and neutrino physics to dark matter and gender balance.
Successful launch of APPEC European Astroparticle Physics Roadmap in Brussels Hard copies of the roadmap and shorter versions available Contribute APPEC news or announcements and sign up for updates [email protected] @astroparticle UK Research and Innovation UK Research and Innovation UK Research and Innovation started 1 April 2018 as the new funding organisation
for research and innovation in the UK. It brings together the seven UK research councils (including STFC), Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England which will work closely with its partner organisations in the devolved administrations. Wider Scientific community: Universities, Businesses, Institutes, Charities, National Academies, Strategic/Business Partners
EPSRC ESRC MRC BBSRC AHRC UKRI Board and Corporate functions
Research England Innovate UK NERC STFC Scottish Funding Council
HEFCW Northern Ireland Executive UKRI Board Sir Peter Bazalgette Professor Julia Black Sir Harpal Kumar Professor Max Lu
Sir John Kingman Chair, UKRI Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz Lord John Browne Professor Sir Mark Walport Chief Executive Officer Professor Sir Ian Diamond Fiona Driscoll Professor Alice Gast
Ian Kenyon Chief Finance Officer Vivienne Parry Mustafa Suleyman Lord David Willetts Professor Dame Sally Davies Transition to UKRI
Strengthened strategic approach to future challenges Unified voice for the UKs research and innovation system Smoother pathway for innovation More time for research and innovation leaders to focus on strategic leadership Improved quality of evidence on the UKs research and innovation landscape Immediate Priorities: Finalise detail and commence successful delivery of additional R&D funding starting from 18/19 Engaging stakeholders to create a
well informed roadmap to reaching 2.4% of GDP investment in R&D by 2027 Research Infrastructures Roadmap Sponsored for UKRI by STFC Executive Chair Roadmap will: Identify research and innovation capability needs (to ~2030) and existing gaps responding to changing R&D and socio-economic demands Assess duplication and areas of reduced priority Develop strategic priorities envisaged for funding Support international negotiations Timeframe: Launched in Jan 2018
Production of draft roadmap: Oct 2018 Event to review draft roadmap: Nov 2018 Formal issue of roadmap: April 2019 STFC Council STFC Evolution STFC now reformed under UKRI as specified by the HERA 2017 New STFC Council announced 23 March See next slide Legacy Council Existing Research Councils continue as legal entities to 31 October 2018 to support closure of accounts and provide contingency for transition
Panel opportunities We have vacancies for outstanding individuals to become members of our committees and panels Details on website www.stfc.ac.uk/panels Closing date is Monday, 9 April New STFC Council
Professor Isabelle Baraffe - Chair in Astrophysics, University of Exeter Professor Mike Dunne - Director LCLS, SLAC (former Director CLF) Mr Dick Elsy - CEO, High Value Manufacturing Catapult Professor Karen Holford^ - Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Cardiff Professor Richard Kenway^ -Vice-Principal, High Performance Computing, University of Edinburgh (Senior Independent Member) Professor Anupam Ojha Director, Education and Space Communications, National Space Academy, National Space Centre
Professor David Price^ - Vice-Provost (Research) & Professor of Mineral Physics, UCL Professor Sheila Rowan Director, Institute for Gravitational Research, University of Glasgow & Chief Scientific Adviser to the Scottish Government Professor David Rugg - Senior Research Manager, Rolls-Royce Professor Tony Ryan^ - Professor of Physical Chemistry and Director of Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures, University of Sheffield Dr Frances Saunders Former CEO Defence Science and Technology Laboratory & ExPresident Institute of Physics ^ member of current STFC Council STFC Finances Financial landscape Overall funding for research and innovation is seeing a significant uplift Autumn Statement 2016 provided an
extra 4.7bn in total from 2017 to 2021 Budget increase of 2b from 2020/21 Autumn Budget 2017 added a further 2.3 billion for 2021/22, effectively baselining this uplift Commitment to increase total share of GDP spent on R&D to 2.4% by 2027 could translate to 10 billion pa by 2027/28 2017/18 STFC finances International subscriptions: Currency fluctuations recognised and funded (~30m pa)
Major Facilities: Review recognised international leadership and efficiency of operation (Diamond, ISIS, CLF) uplift of 10m p.a. to reverse previously expected savings Talent: Launch of Data-Intensive CDTs (10m) Support for Impact Acceleration Accounts (2.2m in 2017/18) Capital Investment: Reversal of 40% cuts to World-class Labs National Satellite Test Facility (99m), Rosalind Franklin Institute (100m), Faraday Institute (55m), DUNE (65m) Core : Urgent e-infrastructure funding (3m) in 2017/18
Immediate Pressures The new budget investment is being made through directed funds STFC allocation remains flat-cash from 2016/17 to 2019/20 Annual 12.3 million resource gap and 17.6 million capital gap by 2020/21 Potential additional allocation of 5m in 2018/19 and 2019/20 to protect international commitments and early R&D Capital bids for urgent e-infrastructure for 2018/19 and 2019/20, CLARA FEL test facility and reversal of reduced capital allocations for 2019/20 and 2020/21 under consideration by UKRI/BEIS Programme pressures Our Programme has survived largely by big projects moving downstream (EELT, LHC upgrades), but cant continue forever
Strategic reviews to tension the programme (LHC Upgrades, Neutrinos, Phenomenology) Sub-optimal funding , PRD cancelled We are continuing to make the case for an uplift STFC and stakeholders need to work together towards this goal, which could make headroom for new opportunities BEIS and UKRI understand the pressures on our programme Need to hone the arguments for increase to core Need to increase our success in obtaining funding from UKRI, e.g. the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and Global Challenges Research Fund Financial opportunities Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)
Up to 200m of the 1.5bn total collective fund unallocated Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) Wave 2 challenges launched, open call for Wave 3 ideas Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF) 755m over three years, bids from any BEIS-funded R&D organisation Talent Fund 950 AI studentships available over five years from 2019 New Future Leaders Fund 1st call deadline 3 July, with mandatory Expression of Interest required by 7 June Strength in Places Fund 115m over three years for collaborative bids between research organisations and business to support regional growth More announcements expected www.ukri.org/funding
STFC additional calls Opportunities Call (announced yesterday) To pump prime activities that will position university groups to participate in interdisciplinary science that align with GCRF, ISCF and other funding schemes arising from UKRI Support for 4-6 month projects that enable the university group or consortia to undertake seed corn type projects Capital Call (announced today) Capital equipment to support the PPAN programme and to develop its External Innovation capabilities. Available to support programme activities, proof of concept type research, early prototyping and laboratory demonstrations etc. Opening Date: 10th April 2018
Closing Date: 12th June 2018 www.stfc.ac.uk/funding/research-grants/funding-opportunities/funding-calls/ Skills and Training Skills Balance of Programme STFCs skills programme has been reviewed by an external panel in a 3yearly exercise Input gathered from STFCs community and campus partners Council endorsed the panel report; publication to follow 220 doctoral training partnership studentships for 2018 starts allocated in December. Process for 2019 starts is underway and allocations will be announced by the end of the year 25 additional studentships from the national productivity investment fund
enable all our data science CDTs a second cohort Beyond studentships, recent announcement of UKRI Fellowships A real opportunity Future Leaders Brexit Brexit Real concerns over funding and skills Refining for Government a
comprehensive view of the importance of EU Framework programme funding for PPAN communities Importance of international collaborations are recognised The government has issued a document to clarify the UKs eligibility to participate in Horizon 2020 and its commitment to underwrite bids The full document and Q&A available at www.ukro.ac.uk Nuclear Physics Update Nuclear Physics Update
Consolidated grants support for UK groups approved and in place 16m over four years, supporting programmes from 11 university groups Capital equipment round for NP groups this year to cover remaining two years of current Consolidated Grant Development projects to help broaden programme making good progress NuSTAR experimental programme for FAIR ISOL-SRS and ALICE Upgrade @CERN JLAB Upgrade in US - now entering its final phase Future projects will be considered by NP Programme Evaluation this year Including ACPA, DRACULA and AGATA Nuclear Physics Update 2 Construction of FAIR facility (finally) started in July 2017 Completion now due in 2025, but limited operations starting in 2018
UK instruments have been delivered and/or being deployed for physics either at GSI/FAIR or at other laboratories NuPECC Long Range Plan published (November 2017) UK priorities well aligned GCRF Foundation Call 2017 success Advanced Nuclear Science & Technology Techniques (ANSTT 2018) workshop (March 2018) to strengthen collaboration between UK, South Africa and other African nations Summary Summary
UK has a focussed and effective nuclear physics research programme But recognise the continuing pressures of flat cash I believe strongly that the formation of UKRI will be a major boost for UK science A strong and unified voice for UK science Positive outlook for overall science funding A number of new cross-council opportunities within UKRI ISCF, GCRF, SPF, STFC and the academic community need to work together to maximize the impact of the opportunities Need to think strategically about how best to engage Questions?
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