Equality Impact Assessment for QR funding and formula research capital funding: engagement survey

4 July 2019

As part of its approach to equality, diversity and inclusion, Research England is committed to undertaking Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs) of our functions and policy. We are currently undertaking an EIA of our Quality-related Research (QR) and formula-based research capital funding.

This document sets out a call for evidence intended to gather further information on the potential impacts of our formula-based research funding policy on protected groups.

The EIA will support Research England to meet the statutory duties stipulated under the Equality Act 2010. The EIA will consider all elements of QR funding and formula-based research capital funding. It will also consider:

  1. All protected characteristics as set out in the Equality Act 2010: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation
  2. University staff (i.e. those who support or conduct research funded by the funding streams), subjects and participants of research (i.e. individuals on whom funded research is conducted), and beneficiaries of research (i.e. individuals who benefit or may benefit from the research funded).

Please read the EIA background document for further information about QR and formula-based research capital funding. This document should be used to support your response to the survey.

The requirements of current equalities legislation are outlined in Annex B of the engagement survey, available below. We recommend that this information is also considered as part of your response.

We invite responses from higher education institutions and other groups and organisations with an interest in research, research funding and equality, inclusion and diversity issues.  This may include businesses, government and public sector bodies, charities and other third sector organisations.

Responses to the survey should be made using the online form provided alongside this document by noon Wednesday 11 September. We have published survey guidance which includes an offline version of the online form to help respondents prepare their responses before they submit them. Please do not submit responses using the PDF document. We will only consider responses submitted via the online form provided.

The EIA produced as a result of the information provided in this survey will be published in late 2019.