Astronomy Grants Panel

The Astronomy Grants Panel’s role is to:

  • assess and make recommendations to the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Executive on all research grant applications in astronomy, including space science and solar-terrestrial physics covering theory, exploitation and basic technology research
  • take account as appropriate of the conclusions of specialist peer review panels, as  convened by the Executive, to advise on strategic priorities for science and technology research, together with research requests which are judged (on the basis of cost or propriety) to warrant such separate, in-depth assessment, such as those with a common theme
  • make recommendations to the Science Board and to the Science Programme Advisory Committee (SPAC) of the UK Space Agency on research awards. With Science Board and SPAC endorsement, make final recommendations on awards to the STFC Executive
  • take account, as appropriate, of the conclusions of specialist peer review panels, as convened by the Executive, to advise on strategic priorities for science and technology research, together with research requests which are judged (on the basis of cost or propriety) to warrant such separate, in-depth assessment, such as those with a common theme
  • carry out such other tasks associated with peer review as the Executive might require.

Organisational structure

Members from 01/01/2022 – 31/12/2022

  • Professor L Fletcher (Chair) – University of Glasgow
  • Professor M Sullivan (Deputy Chair) – University of Southampton

Astronomy observation

  • Professor M Swinbank (Chair) – Durham University
  • Dr B Davies – Liverpool John Moores University
  • Dr B Maughan – University of Bristol
  • Dr R Starling – University of Leicester
  • Dr R Tojeiro – University of St Andrews
  • Professor M Wyatt – University of Cambridge

Technology expertise

  • Dr N Bannister – University of Leicester
  • Dr S Doyle – Cardiff University
  • Dr H Schnetler – STFC – UKATC

Astronomy theory

  • Professor T Rogers (Chair) – Newcastle University
  • Professor R Dave – University of Edinburgh
  • Professor C Dobbs – University of Exeter
  • Dr D Mulryne – Queen Mary University of London

Solar studies and solar-terrestrial physics

  • Dr R Fear (Chair) – University of Southampton
  • Dr P Bushby – Newcastle University
  • Professor S Dalla – University of Central Lancashire
  • Professor M Mathioudakis – Queen’s University Belfast

Planetary studies

  • Dr M Patel (Chair) – The Open University
  • Dr L Hallis – University of Glasgow
  • Dr K Olsen – University of Oxford
  • Dr L Ray – Lancaster University

Last updated: 31 March 2022

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