About the Vitae Researcher Development Framework

We want all researchers in the world  to benefit from the RDF so we are making it available to use subject to Conditions of Use on a non commercial basis. All we ask is you let us know how you are using it by filling in this simple form.

The RDF is for you if you are doing a doctorate, are a member of research staff, pursuing an academic career or thinking about applying the skills developed during your PhD in another career.

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What is the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF)?

What is the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF)?

The RDF is a significant approach to developing world-class researchers. It identifies the knowledge, behaviour and attributes of successful researchers. It helps them maximise their potential and get the most out of their career by developing these attributes.

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More about the RDF's structure and content.

Are you a researcher?

Are you a researcher?

The RDF can help you achieve your goals, within and beyond your research.

Are you a researcher developer, HR specialist, careers advisor or trainer?

Are you a researcher developer, HR specialist, careers advisor or trainer?

The RDF can help you plan activities and provision for researcher development.

Are you a senior decision-maker?

Are you a senior decision-maker?

The RDF can be used to inform decisions about a research area or your institution’s strategic approach to the development of researchers.

RDF Planner

RDF Planner

The RDF Planner is a unique and up-to-date approach to professional development planning for researchers.

It is an easy to use online application that enables researchers to identify expertise and capabilities, plan their professional development, set personal targets and store evidence of success.

The RDF Planner is available to institutions and to individuals by subscription.

Are you a supervisor, principal investigator or research director?

Are you a supervisor, principal investigator or research director?

The RDF can help you get the best from your researchers, and do your best for them.