About the Vitae Researcher Development Framework

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework (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 RDF?

What is the RDF?

The framework describes the knowledge, behaviour and attributes of successful researchers.

Download the RDF (PDF)

More about the RDF's structure and content.

Some ways to use the RDF

Some ways to use the RDF

  • Identify your strengths and gaps in development
  • Prioritise development needs
  • Monitor progress

How other researchers have used the RDF

Conditions of use

Conditions of use

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.

RDF Planner app

RDF Planner app

Our online app based on the RDF is an approach to planning your professional development.

Use it to identify strengths, plan actions, review achievements and create a portfolio of evidence.