In 2017/18 RCUK expects institutions to make 75% of their RCUK funded research open access. This is a high target so please make sure you make your work open access if they provide your funding.
RCUK have clarified the licences allowed on green open access articles for the research they fund (6.2 on their FAQ list). These are articles made freely available in an institutional repository. Articles should place no restriction on non-commercial reuse (including text and data mining) and should allow adaptations of the material to be shared. This means that a CC-BY-NC licence is acceptable but a CC-BY-NC-ND licence is not. There is more detail on these licences on the creative commons web site.
Elsevier currently insist on a CC-BY-NC-ND licence for green open access which does not fit RCUK requirements so if you are publishing with them it would be best to apply for funding for gold open access. You can do this using the online form on our APC page when you have an article accepted. The Sherpa FACT tool allows you to check that journals from other publishers meet RCUK requirements.
If an author chooses the green route the embargo period should be a maximum of 6 months for STEM subjects and 12 months for arts, humanities and social sciences. This is a shorter time period than that allowed for the REF (2.1 on FAQ list). However, a longer period is allowed if there is no money for gold open access.
Innovate UK and the UK space agency are not part of RCUK so research funded by them cannot be paid for using the block grant – some people have been unsure about this.
If you are bewildered by the different licences and requirements please be assured that you will not be alone in this! Contact the Library research support team for advice about your own publications email@example.com
RCUK has published ( 8 April 2013) the latest version of its Policy and Guidance on Open Access. This applies to publication of peer reviewed research articles and conference proceedings which acknowledge RCUK funding.
It has also provided a FAQ document, which will be updated as and when new questions arise.
The changes aim to further clarify the guidance, and draw on comments received from across the research community, learned societies and publishers following a call for input in March.
Research Councils UK have launched the Research Outcomes System. It has been closely aligned with requirements for the REF and is designed so that researchers can input details of their research at any stage. It will be used by AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC and EPSRC and will record details such as any collaboration in the project, communication and staff development as well as impact.
Department of Research & Innovation welcome the Research Councils UK to Swansea University to present a seminar and receive questions on their
‘Impact Strategy for the Next Spending Review’
When: Wednesday 16th March 12.00pm to 1.00pm
Where: SURF Room – 1st floor Fulton House
Speaker Profiles: Dr Claire Graves is head of Knowledge Transfer and Economic Impact for the RCUK
She was awarded her PHD in Geography at Leicester University, after which Claire researched harbour management and geophysics at Nottingham. Claire moved across to the EPSRC in 2000 where she was the portfolio manager for the transport and automotive sector before moving onto Public Affairs. She was seconded to the RCUK in 2007 where she is now responsible for delivering the cross council impact agenda.
Who will benefit from attending? Anyone interested in Impact from their research
By the end of the seminar, attendees will know more about? The new funding landscape of RCUK, their Strategic Vision and the Pathways to Impact
Next Steps: places are limited, to enrol please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org
Future Seminars: 31st March between 10am to 12 noon – Arts and Humanities Research Council (DRI seminar room, 7th floor Faraday)
Research Councils UK have published their Strategic Vision This document sets out the themes and priorities for 2011 to 2015. It addresses:
- Research to address societal changes
- Digital Economy, Energy, Global Food Security, Global Uncertainities, Lifelong Health & Wellbeing, Living with Environmental Change.
- RCUK’s relationship with HE sector
- Wakeham Review & full economic costings; managing demand for research funding; allocating funding to research that addresses strategic priorities; encouraging the sharing of estates costs and the sharing of resources…
- Funding people & projects; training for a highly-skilled workforce, economic growth and sustainability of the research base; facilities and infrastructure.
- Increasing our economic and societal benefits; choosing our research priorities; embedding impact; the evidence base of impact.
- Working with the Technology Strategy Board; working with government departments; global partnerships; partnerships with society.
We believe that engaging with the public should form part of the role of researchers in any discipline. By engaging with the public researchers can benefit from: improving the quality of research and its impact, by widening research horizons or providing user perspectives; enhancing researchers’ communication and influencing skills; higher personal and institutional profiles; new partnerships. Public engagement can also help universities actively contribute to positive social change and the ‘public good’.
The Concordat sets out four principles:
UK research organisations have a strategic commitment to public engagement.
Researchers are recognised and valued for their involvement with public engagement activities.
Researchers are enabled to participate in public engagement activities through appropriate training, support and opportunities.
The signatories and supporters will undertake regular reviews of their and the wider research sector’s progress in fostering public engagement across the UK.
In a brief press release on their website, RCUK “welcomes the findings of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) pilot scheme that demonstrates it is possible to assess the economic and societal benefits arising from research and how this can be achieved across all disciplines.
Professor Dave Delpy, RCUK Impact Champion said: “RCUK is committed to supporting excellent research that ensures social wellbeing and economic prosperity and ultimately places the UK in a position of leadership on the world stage of research and innovation. We support the wide definition of impact, as set out in this report, which includes social, economic, cultural, environmental, health and quality of life benefits. This reflects the approach already adopted by RCUK through Pathways to Impact.”
RCUK has worked closely with the Funding Councils to ensure that proposals for the REF will be effective in pursuing shared objectives and will continue to support the REF by working with HEFCE to contribute expertise in developing impact assessment methodologies.”
Impacts: People and Skills is the 5th in a series of publications from RCUK which highlight the impact of research and higher education in the UK.It brings together a range of case studies from a variety of disciplines.
David Willetts, Universities and Science Minister, said: “This report by Research Councils UK highlights the critical importance of cutting-edge research in a knowledge economy. It is great that over 60% of Research Council UK Doctoral graduates take their skills into the wider economy, many in the areas we need for growth – life sciences, advanced manufacturing and low carbon technologies. I am therefore delighted that RCUK has taken this initiative and I hope that this publication will encourage our future scientists to continue this tradition.”
A new report – “Absorbing Research: The role of university research in business and market innovation” -has been published by the CIHE (Council for Industry and Higher Education). The report, sponsored by RCUK, draws on 22 case studies and recommends a variety of ways in which RCUK can help to support and promote collaboration between academic researchers and business. There are proposals for incorporating the development of ‘commercial skills’ into the career progression of early career researchers, as well as for using financial incentives to encourage collaboration between business and university researchers. The report sees the development of the impact factor in research funding as important, but recommends that the funding councils should go beyond ‘issuing guidelines about impact’ and proposes the ‘Research Councils should support the experiential learning of different ways of developing different pathways to impact’. From analysis of the case studies and company workshops, the report also draws a list of ‘enabling’ and ‘limiting’ factors. For example, businesses can find the academic research pace slower than the commercial, and the quest for ‘results which are both robust and repeatable’ can ‘sometimes be incompatible with commercial objectives, where an “80%” solution may suffice’. On the other hand, there was an appreciation for the greater objectivity of university researchers, and a belief that ‘leading edge research’ is only to be found in universities. The report, which RCUK considers to be in line with its own support for ‘excellent research that attracts business and industry from around the world’ is available from the CIHE website.
In a wide-ranging report,The Scientific Century: Securing Our Future Prosperity, the Royal Society makes its case for government investment in scientific research and improving education in the sciences.
Warning of the dangers of any crude assessment of research impact, the report nonetheless regards recent clarifications from HEFCE regarding this element of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) as being reassuring. It goes on to warn against the effects of any cuts in funding to academic scientific research, with a reminder how cuts in the mid-1980s led to researchers struggling “to remain at the cutting edge of their disciplines, using old equipment that they could not afford to replace”. Investing in scientific research now, they argue, is vital: “Science and innovation are investments that are essential to short-term recovery and, more importantly, to long-term prosperity and growth.”
Recommendations of the report align strategically with investment in: interdisciplinary research (including a call for a reform of research funding and assessment in relation to this); overseas collaboration; improved skills training (including ‘transferrable skills’) for PhD students in the sciences; and a call to create “strong global challenge research programmes, led by RCUK, to align scientific, commercial and public interests”.
The report can be read in full on the Royal Society website at:http://royalsociety.org/the-scientific-century/