RAS President welcomes additional resources from STFC
The Royal Astronomical Society today gave a cautious welcome to attempts by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) to (partially) plug a £25m gap in grants for scientific research.
The funding gap originally resulted from a shortfall of £80m that hit the STFC – the body that funds most research in astronomy and space science in the UK - in the 2007 allocation from the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR).
After intensive and high-profile campaigning by the physics and astronomy community, including the RAS, STFC has now announced that £9m of additional funding will be available for research groups in universities and scientific establishments.
Professor Andy Fabian, President of the RAS, welcomed the announcement. He commented, “Astronomy groups up and down the country have been extremely concerned at the decimation of their funding that resulted from last year’s CSR. It is good to see STFC and the Government acting positively to address this gap - I very much hope that astronomers receive their fair share of this extra money. The RAS continues to urge that the remaining £16m is found, before serious damage is done to the rest of the astronomy research base.”