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Guidance questions

Do we need to define research?
The HEFCE definition of research 'A process of investigation leading to new insights effectively shared' will be interpreted by the panel when reviewing applications.

Can a research allowance be used to support 'impact' generating activities?
Impact is part of the research process and this process should enable the development of impacts from your research and help collect information at the time.

Can you get a research allowance if you don’t submit an IIRP form?
No. If you do not submit an IIRP form no research allowance will be given.

Who decides the band?
You do, the panel consider whether or not the band requested is appropriate.

Who can provide advice about the IIRP process?

  • The Research Business and Innovation Directorate
  • Head of Research Group
  • Faculty Head of Research and Innovation
  • Peers

The percentage referred to in the banding, what is this a percentage of?
This is a percentage of your workload.  The final percentage is decided by the line manager responsible for the workload allocation, following the recommendation from the review panel. 

Is the research allowance allocated in one lump or spread through out the year?It is specified as a percentage of the working week.

What if I didn’t do exactly what I said I would on the form?
There is a space on the form to reflect on what you did with the last year’s allowance. Plans change and that’s ok, just tell the panel how, why and what you did instead.

What about things that happen at short notice? Will the IRP process be sufficiently flexible to encompass any changes?
These issues will continue to be handled as they are under the current system (i.e., by direct liaison with your Head of School); however, you should include information about this unexpected activity on the next year’s form. 


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