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A Preparatory phase proposal for the Square Kilometre Array

Objective

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will be one of the largest scientific projects ever undertaken. It is a machine designed to answer some of the big questions of our time: what is Dark Energy? Was Einstein right about gravity? What is the nature of dark matter? Can we detect gravitational waves? When and how did the first stars and galaxies form? What was the origin of cosmic magnetism? How do Earth-like planets form? Is there life, intelligent or otherwise, elsewhere in the Universe? There are several issues that need to be addressed before construction of the SKA can begin: 1. What is the design for the SKA? 2. Where will the SKA be located? 3. What is the legal framework and governance structure under which SKA will operate? 4. What is the most cost-effective mechanism for the procurement of the various components of the SKA? 5. How will the SKA be funded? The purpose of this proposal is to address all of these points. We seek funding to integrate the R&D work from around the globe in order to develop the fully-costed design for Phase 1 of the SKA, and a deployment plan for the full instrument. With active collaboration between funding agencies and scientists, we will investigate all of the options for the policy-related questions. The principal deliverable will be an implementation plan that will form the basis of a funding proposal to governments to start the construction of the SKA.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/astrophysics/dark matter
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/observational astronomy/gravitational waves

Call for proposal

FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2007-1
See other projects for this call

Funding Scheme

CP-CSA-Infra - Combination of CP and CSA

Coordinator

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL
Address
Polaris House North Star Avenue
SN2 1SZ Swindon
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 521 384,79
Administrative Contact
John Womersley (Prof.)

Participants (23)

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 376 767,16
Address
Laan Van Nieuw Oost Indie 300
2593 CE Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Patricia Gerritdina Vogel (Ms.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Antoine Weexsteen (Dr.)
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 405 058,87
Address
Viale Del Parco Mellini 84
00136 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Soccorsa Le Moli (Dr.)
NATIONAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION
South Africa
Address
Meiring Naude Road Brummeria
0001 Pretoria
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anita Loots (Ms.)
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL CANADA
Canada
Address
Montreal Road 1200
K1A 0R6 Ottawa, On
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Susanna Gibson (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 3 695 840,53
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Liz Fay (Ms.)
STICHTING ASTRON, NETHERLANDS INSTITUTE FOR RADIO ASTRONOMY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 150 000
Address
Oude Hoogeveensedijk 4
7991PD Dwingeloo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Janneke Wubs-Komdeur (Ms.)
Klinik Max Planck Institut für Psychiatrie
Germany
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Muenchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gertrud Bilski (Ms.)
CORNELL UNIVERSITY
United States
Address
Pine Tree Road 373
14850 Ithaca Ny
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
James Cordes (Prof.)
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dawn Barker (Ms.)
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
Address
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jean Clay (Ms.)
COMMONWEALTH SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION
Australia
EU contribution
€ 290 947,57
Address
Clunies Ross Street Csiro Black Mountain Science And Innovation Park
2601 Acton Act
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Brian Boyle (Prof.)
JOINT INSTITUTE FOR V.L.B.I. IN EUROPE (J.I.V.E.)
Netherlands
Address
Oude Hoogeveensedijk 4
7991 PD Dwingeloo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Aukelien Van Den Poll (Ms.)
OBSERVATOIRE DE PARIS
France
Address
Avenue De L Observatoire 61
75014 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christophe Roziere (Dr.)
UNIVERSITE D'ORLEANS
France
Address
Chateau De La Source
45067 Orleans Cedex 2
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Leila Equinet (Ms.)
University of Calgary
Canada
Address
University Drive Nw 2500
T2N 1N4 Calgary Alberta
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lori Foster (Ms.)
RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN
Netherlands
Address
Broerstraat 5
9712CP Groningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Simon Kuipers (Dr.)
INSTITUTO DE TELECOMUNICACOES
Portugal
Address
Campus Universitario De Santiago Universidade De Aveiro
3810 193 Gloria E Vera Cruz
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Joao Ferreira Da Silva (Mr.)
DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRY
Australia
Address
Binara Street Industry House 10
2601 Canberra City Act
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sara Cowan (Ms.)
National Astronomical Observatories, CAS
China
Address
Datun Road A20
100012 Beijing
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Suijian Xue (Prof.)
KOREA ASTRONOMY AND SPACE SCIENCE INSTITUTE
South Korea
Address
Whaam Dong 61-1 Yuseong Gu
305 348 Daejoen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Minho Choi (Dr.)
TATA INSTITUTE OF FUNDAMENTAL RESEARCH*TIFR
India
Address
Homi Bhabha Road Colaba
400005 400005
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
J.N. Kayarkar (Dr.)
CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 60 000
Address
-
41296 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ingrid Eriksson (Ms.)