STFC relationships

The power of partnership

Partnership and collaboration are key catalysts of scientific progress and innovation. At the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) we are constantly striving to identify organisations of every type and size that we can work closely with to generate agenda-setting research outcomes and make a real-world impact.

Campus collaboration

Our joint-venture campuses at Harwell Campus and SciTech Daresbury, built around our national laboratories, are promoting academic and industrial collaboration and translation of our research to market through direct interaction with industry.


Our highly productive relationship with the academic community is reflected in the hundreds of research grants we fund at dozens of UK universities. We work, too, with organisations such as the Institute of Physics and the Royal Astronomical Society, while academic representatives play a key role in the STFC Council and advisory bodies.

See our latest presentation to our research communities.


Through the funding we provide and the leading-edge research and technology we deliver, we play a vital enabling role in a multitude of key sectors, including the aerospace, chemical, electronics and pharmaceutical industries.

Find out how STFC supports innovation.


As one of the UK’s publicly funded research councils, we have strong links across the UK Government and with a range of bodies including the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology and Innovate UK.

Partner organisations

We highly value our UK and international partner organisations, which include CERN, the European Space Agency (ESA), the UK Space Agency and UKRI. We also represent the UK in major international initiatives and provide expert input to flagship experiments worldwide.

The relationships we build all add momentum to scientific progress and the knowledge economy critical to UK and global prosperity. Whether investing in innovation, sharing knowledge and skills, or providing access to cutting-edge facilities, our unique capabilities and ‘can do’ culture add to the strengths of those we work with, whatever their aims and priorities.

Last updated: 31 March 2022

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