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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.
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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)

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NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 376 767,16

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 405 058,87

NATIONAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION

South Africa

NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL CANADA

Canada

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 3 695 840,53

STICHTING ASTRON, NETHERLANDS INSTITUTE FOR RADIO ASTRONOMY

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 150 000

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

CORNELL UNIVERSITY

United States

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

United Kingdom

COMMONWEALTH SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION

Australia

EU Contribution

€ 290 947,57

JOINT INSTITUTE FOR V.L.B.I. IN EUROPE (J.I.V.E.)

Netherlands

OBSERVATOIRE DE PARIS

France

UNIVERSITE D'ORLEANS

France

University of Calgary

Canada

RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN

Netherlands

INSTITUTO DE TELECOMUNICACOES

Portugal

DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRY

Australia

National Astronomical Observatories, CAS

China

KOREA ASTRONOMY AND SPACE SCIENCE INSTITUTE

South Korea

TATA INSTITUTE OF FUNDAMENTAL RESEARCH*TIFR

India

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 60 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 212243

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 April 2008

  • End date

    31 March 2012

Funded under:

FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES

  • Overall budget:

    € 35 544 511,88

  • EU contribution

    € 5 499 998,92

Coordinated by:

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL

United Kingdom