Supplementary evidence from the Science
and Technology Facilities Council following the oral evidence
session on 21 January
We have two types of grants:
Rolling five year ones for combined programmes
seeking support for groups of PDRAs
Standard three year ones for distinct
projects usually requiring support for single PDRAs.
The AGP ranked all of them. The cut was imposed
by reducing the value of the award for the rolling grants (primarily
by removing some PDRAs), so this did not result in any awards
being cancelled, only the value reduced.
For the standard grants ranking a number of
non-core rolling grant posts, which were assessed against the
standard grants, were removed in the cut such that the final list
of awarded standard grants was no different to if we had not made
the required saving.
In simple terms we made the saving by cutting
posts and associated costs rather than number of awards.
The criteria consisted of an assessment of:
level of UK involvement