Sir Gareth Roberts’ was behind the development of a UK policy relating to researchers. His report
SET for success, published in 2002 made recommendations related to researcher skills and career development. Payments for the career development and transferable skills training of researchers were introduced following the recommendations and became commonly known as ‘Roberts’ funding’.
In 2010 an independent review of progress implementing the recommendations of the ‘Roberts’ Review’ was conducted by an expert panel led by Professor Alison Hodge MBE. The Panel’s report was published in January 2011 and is available here. The RCUK response to the review is also available here.
The RCUK Academic Fellowship Scheme is closed for applications. For grant queries please use the normal Je-S grant maintenance function; for policy queries from existing fellows or grant holders please see our contacts page.
In previous years when ring-fenced Roberts’ funding was allocated to HEIs, RCUK produced a summary of how that funding had been used. The most recent of these reports can found below:
Monitoring Requirements 2010
Summary of 2010 reporting
Monitoring Requirements 2009
Summary of 2009 reporting on transferable skills training related to entrepreneurship
Monitoring Requirements 2008
Summary of 2008 reporting
Summary of 2008 reporting on transferable skills training related to entrepreneurship
An analysis of responses to RCUK’s 2011 survey of research organisations (ROs) regarding the impact of Roberts funding to date and responses to changes in funding and strategies to 2013 can be found here. Please note that annual monitoring has now ceased and annual reports are no longer required.
In line with our commitment to review the Revised Funding Arrangements for Researcher Development and their Operation in 2013, we have invited research organisations to respond to a survey. The letter sent out in March 2013 is available here . Responses are invited by the end of May 2013.