The Science & Technology Facilities Council is one of Europe's largest multidisciplinary research organisations with an annual budget of £662m supporting almost 1,800 scientists and engineers at the STFC's own world-class, large scale research facilities, including the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) at Harwell, as well as funding UK subscriptions to the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European particle physics laboratory, CERN.
The STFC has a broad science portfolio and collaborates with the academic and industrial communities to share its expertise in materials science, space and ground-based astronomy technologies, laser science, micro-electronics, wafer scale manufacturing, particle and nuclear physics, alternative energy production, radio communications and radar.
STFC in collaboration with other Research Councils has successfully shown in recent years how the technological requirements of disciplines such as particle physics and astronomy can lead directly to major advances in other fields including medical imaging, energy, security and climate.
The STFC Futures Programme was established in 2009 to ensure that STFC's strengths in skills, technology and research provide solutions to the major global challenges of Energy, Environment, Healthcare and Security.
STFC Innovations Ltd. is the technology transfer office of the STFC and has the exclusive rights to the commercial exploitation of the intellectual property of the STFC through spin-outs and licence agreements.