What we do

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is keeping the UK at the forefront of international science and tackling some of the most significant challenges facing society such as meeting our future energy needs, monitoring and understanding climate change, and global security.

The Council has a broad science portfolio and works with the academic and industrial communities to share its expertise in materials science, space and ground-based astronomy technologies, laser science, microelectronics, wafer scale manufacturing, particle and nuclear physics, alternative energy production, radio communications and radar.

STFC operates or hosts world class experimental facilities including:

In the UK

STFC is also the majority shareholder in Diamond Light Source Ltd.

Overseas telescopes on

It enables UK researchers to access leading international science facilities by funding membership of international bodies including:

STFC is one of seven publicly-funded Research Councils (link opens in a new window). It is an independent, non-departmental public body of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (link opens in a new window)(BIS).


See also:
Our Research
Page last updated: 18 April 2011 by Zahra Mogul