Research England roundtable – 5 August, 2020

Exploring the measurement of in-kind contributions to collaborative research.

We consider that in-kind contributions represent an important proxy for knowledge exchange activity and performance and constitute valuable evidence to demonstrate how publicly funded research leverages in private investment. However, there is currently significant variance in the practice of recording contributions across the sector.

This paper presents the background to – and outputs of – a roundtable discussion convened by Research England to explore how to improve the recording of in-kind contributions to collaborative research. We hope that the ideas and observations presented here will stimulate further discussion with stakeholders, to feed into a more detailed set of good practice guidelines. This will then be fed into the HESA-led review of the HE-BCI data collection.

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