Researcher Innovation Fund (RIF)
The Researcher Innovation Fund (RIF) is a small pot of funding set-up by the University for early career research staff and PGR students to bid for researcher-led transferable skills initiatives.
- University of Strathclyde
- Scotland and Northern Ireland
- Date first submitted:
- 17 Jun 2011
- Date last modified:
- 17 Jun 2011
- Relationship to RDF:
- Domain A: Knowledge and intellectual abilities
- Knowledge base
- Domain B: Personal effectiveness
- Professional and career development
- Domain C: Research governance and organisation
- Domain D: Engagement, influence and impact
- Researcher-led activities
- Career development
- Postgraduate researchers
- Research staff
Rationale, aims and outcomes
What is the rationale for doing this?
How does it fit with institutional strategy?
What are the main features of the provision?
What are the aims and expected outcomes?
Recognising the desirability of researcher-led skills development initiatives, investment is made in activities that are aligned with the implementation of the University-wide Researcher Development Programme. Bids should be aligned in accordance with the institutional development priorities and can include funding requests for organising a researcher conference, setting up workshop(s), or developing online facilities, among other activities.
Proposals can be generated from needs analysis and audits, reviews of existing training, from focus groups, through discussions within research groupings or with training providers and can include a range of appropriate formats/delivery modes.
In addition, this fund aims to support activities that specifically help develop employability in academia or business and industry, show direct benefit to researchers, and which demonstrate high quality, good value for money and innovation.
It is expected that this investment will enhance existing provision offered through the Researcher Development Programme by promoting researcher-led transferable skills initiatives.
Are there any pre-requisites for engagement, e.g. levels of skill, years of experience, essential pre-activities?
How many participate in each 'activity'?
Bids from PhD students and early careers researchers are accepted for consideration, provided they meet the published investment criteria.
Evaluation: benefits, challenges and next steps
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