Funding Model

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.

Deliverable 6.1 Report on national Funding Opportunities

Deliverable 6.2 Report on Options for Private or Corporate Funding

Deliverable 6.3 Draft Options paper for Funding Model for SKA

Deliverable 6.4 Final paper with full funding model options for interested SKA funding agencies

Deliverable 6.5 White paper for financial models for SKA