The expression of interest is open to the members of the STFC particle physics, astronomy and nuclear physics (PPAN) community, quantum scientists in receipt of STFC funding and the computing that supports the PPAN community. At the time of application the principal investigator must be able to satisfy the following criteria.
They must be academic members of staff (lecturers or equivalent) or hold a fellowship, such as an STFC or Royal Society Fellowship, won through open competition. In exceptional cases, senior postdoctoral research assistants of sufficient experience and qualification may also be eligible: such cases should be justified with a case for support accompanied by a letter of support from the head of department.
They must be either resident in the UK or be employed by an overseas research organisation approved by STFC as eligible to apply for research grant funding.
They must, at least by the time the grant is due to start, be employed by the organisation submitting the proposal or, if not (for example, retired or on secondment from elsewhere), have a written agreement from the organisation confirming that they may carry out research there and will receive all necessary management and infrastructural support from the organisation.
They must have an assurance from the submitting organisation that if the proposal is successful, the contract of employment, or formal commitment to provide support if not employed at the organisation, will extend to beyond the end date of the grant.