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Science and Technology
Facilities Council

United Kingdom


The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest multidisciplinary research organisations. Our vision is to maximise the impact of our knowledge, skills, facilities and resources for the benefit of the UK. Our research has impact across a wide number of areas including: energy, security, healthcare and environment.

Part of Research Councils UK, STFC is funded by the government to support world class science and technology by:

  • Supporting researchers through grants, particularly in astronomy, particle physics, space science and nuclear physics;
  • Providing access to world class scientific facilities in the UK at the Rutherford Appleton and Daresbury Laboratories, UK Astronomy Technology Centre and Chilbolton Observatory;
  • Providing access to world class scientific facilities abroad, such as CERN, the Institute Laue Langevin (ILL), the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility and telescopes in Chile and Hawaii;
  • Supporting scientific and technical expertise in the UK in areas ranging from microelectronics, alternative energy production and particle and nuclear physics, to space and ground based astronomy.

STFC’s investment in science and engineering generates ideas and technologies with a broad social and economic impact. Researchers are encouraged to create new businesses based on their discoveries and STFC helps established companies use its research to improve their products and services.