There is momentum behind a range of important initiatives to improve the culture and environment in which UK research takes place. These initiatives have grown organically, in response to challenges and opportunities, and cover a range of issues to support researchers and their activities.
These initiatives have diverse approaches to engagement and oversight, different levels of maturity, overlapping scope, and inconsistent monitoring of take-up, impact, or burden. There is also no assessment of their collective effect on the research culture(s) and environment(s) in the UK, nor of any gaps in their remit. There is now an opportunity to gather evidence on the effects of these initiatives and how they interact.
Collecting evidence on the adoption of initiatives, their effects and their relationships, can help to identify where we can make it easier and more rewarding for research teams and organisations to focus on doing high quality research and developing highly skilled and motivated research staff. It is vital that the project leads engage with a wide range of stakeholders to provide the research community with confidence in the work.
This work is being done alongside the UK government's review of research bureaucracy. This joint project from UUK, UKRI and Wellcome Trust will support this and the broader aims of the UK's Research and Development Roadmap.
We are inviting tender submissions to undertake this project, which will run from May to October 2021. For more information about the project, or to submit a tender, please contact Dan Wake, Policy Manager, Universities UK, via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download the Invitation to Tender (ITT) with full details.
Please return one email copy of your response in English to: email@example.com
UUK shall have the right to disqualify any candidates who submit incomplete or late tenders.
The submission deadline is Friday 23 April 2021 at 12.00pm BST.
For transparency, any questions we receive about the consultation will be published below.
The ITT mentions 'stakeholders' several times, and we seem to understand that this term is used in different ways across the document – eg to discuss the organisations owning the concordats/agreements, government, researchers, research support staff. Could you kindly clarify what is your understanding of the stakeholder groups that should be directly engaged or consulted in this review? We can of course make our own assumptions in our response to the ITT, but we would appreciate any insight or specific requirement from you.
There are broadly four groups of stakeholders relevant to the project. They are: