Select Committee on Science and Technology Written Evidence

Memorandum 33

Submission from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

  EPSRC's remit does not cover space research as such—but there is work in all of its programme areas of generic relevance to space research. For example, fundamental materials research can provide the basis for developments in advanced materials that may be used in space vehicles; fundamental research on microwave techniques and microwave radio brings forward technological developments that enable communication and control of space exploration vehicles; generic ICT research finds application in almost all domains of endeavour in science and in the economy, including space exploration and research, etc. From this it will be clear that EPSRC's primary—and unquestionably most important—contribution to space research is through the fundamental, generic, technology developments throughout our programme areas. It is a strongly held view in EPSRC that encouraging strong and effective interactions between researchers and users of research brings benefits to both sides/parties. In this context space research represents a "user domain" for many EPSRC-funded research outcomes.

October 2006

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