£1.2m win for LJMU as STFC supports cutting edge research at ARI

The Astrophysics Research Institute (ARI) has won a £1.2m grant from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), to support cutting-edge research at Liverpool John Moores University.

The funds will be investing in key projects led by ARI staff, including:

  • the evolution of massive stars and their subsequent stellar explosions as supernovae
  • observations of the polarized light from some of the most energetic explosions in the Universe, work which follows on from the successful Liverpool Telescope observations of gamma-ray bursts
  • studying the star formation activity in the centre of the Milky Way Galaxy

Professor Chris Collins, Head of the ARI said:

“This Consolidated Grant renewal will maintain our current funding until 2021 as well as LJMU’s reputation as a global leader in astrophysics. This is fantastic news for the ARI, with the acknowledgment from the STFC panel that much of our research and public engagement work is at an internationally leading level.”

The STFC panel commented that LJMU’s application reflected the rapid growth of the Astrophysics Research Institute and the strong support it receives from the wider university. The STFC review panel commented that a particular highlight in the research of ARI is the group’s access to the Liverpool Telescope and time-domain science that this enables.