WP6 was led by Dr Simon Berry of the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). The other team members were Sherrie-Lee Samuel (Project Officer) and Simon Haynes (Project Administrator). The specific objectives were as follows:
- To lead the activities of a Working Group investigating all aspects of the financial model required to ensure the construction, operation and, ultimately, the decommissioning of the SKA.
- To determine and inform all partners of the timescales and constraints governing possible national funding opportunities for the construction and operation of the SKA.
- To investigate the possibility of obtaining a loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) and other similar national and/or regional bodies to provide a smooth funding profile for the construction phase of the project.
- To understand the implications of such a loan(s) on the long-term operational funding of the SKA.
This work-package created a Working Group to examine all aspects of the financial model for the complete lifetime of the SKA project, extending from construction, through operation into eventual decommissioning. This was a key work-package, bringing together information and inputs from several other PrepSKA activity areas into a White Paper on the future funding model for the SKA.