A preview of the 2023-24 application form is available here (for reference): application form questions as a PDF
Click here to access the Research Catalyst Cohort Application form 2023-24
Only eighteen places are available on this cohort training programme. This is due to the qualitative and highly bespoke nature of this programme. The programme will run between September 2023 and June 2024.
Four part application
In order to apply to participate within the cohort, applicants will need to complete four application elements:
- Application form: This will outline their areas of interest, reasons for applying to the programme, and the perceived benefits of the programme to their ability and confidence to undertake research. This will be assessed as part of the selection process. Applicants need to submit this information via the smart survey application form (link above).
- Statement of support: a short statement of support (of no more than 500 words) is required on behalf of the applicant’s employer. This should confirm that the applicant’s employer supports their application and will provide them with sufficient time to participate fully within the programme, including during work hours, and undertake dissemination activities after its completion. The statement should include details of how participating in the programme will support the applicant’s development and its likely transformative effect on their professional practice. Where an applicant’s contract is due for renewal during the programme, employers should indicate the likelihood of renewal. Statements should be sent to email@example.com and be received by the application deadline of 17.00 Friday 28 July 2023. Please include ‘Research Catalyst Cohort: Statement of Support’ within the email subject and ensure that the applicant’s name is clearly stated within the statement and the accompanying email. Applications will not be considered without this statement and this will be assessed as part of the selection process.
- Training Needs Analysis: Applicants should also complete a Training Needs Analysis. This will be used by ARMA to refine the course content and will not be assessed as part of the selection process. Applicants need to submit this information via the smart survey application form (link above).
- Accessibility and declaration: applicants should note any accessibility requirements that they have to enable them to participate fully in this programme. They will also have to agree that RLUK will share their details with its programme partners, the AHRC and ARMA, and the members of a programme steering group (which will also form the selection panel for this programme, see below). This will not be assessed as part of the selection process, but an agreement to the declaration is required for an application to proceed.
All FOUR ELEMENTS must be completed in order to apply to join the cohort. Please note, in completing the application form, you agree that the information you provide will be shared between RLUK, ARMA, and AHRC, and with a panel of colleagues who constitute the programme selection panel.
Applications to join the Research Catalyst Cohort will close at 17.00 on Friday 28 July 2023. Applications will be assessed by a selection panel consisting of representatives from the research and academic library community, RLUK, AHRC, and ARMA.
Applications will be assessed against five established criteria and you should demonstrate these within your application:
- Commitment: Demonstration of the individual’s commitment to the programme and their desire to develop their research interests, capacity, and confidence, in line with the programme’s learning outcomes.
- Transformative effect: The extent to which participating in the Research Catalyst Cohort is likely to enhance the applicant’s capacity, capability, and confidence to initiate, develop, and lead research applications to a variety of academic funders in the future.
- Dissemination: The applicant’s commitment to sharing their learning with colleagues, within and beyond their institution, by offering further training, leading workshops, delivering conference papers, or publishing blogs. It is a requirement that participants agree to share the knowledge they learn widely, utilising the train-the-trainer model adopted by the programme.
- Employer support: The commitment of the applicant’s employer to support their undertaking of the Research Catalyst Cohort programme, including the provision that they will be released from elements of their substantive role (if required) in order to attend workshops and events, and make necessary preparation for learning elements during work time.
- Advocacy: The applicant’s willingness to act as an advocate for the value and benefit of research and academic libraries acting as research partners and leaders, and their potential contribution across the arts and humanities to academia and publics beyond academia.
Please note: Institutions need to ensure that applications submitted to this scheme meet the assessment criteria and are sufficiently rigorous to be highly competitive. If multiple applications from a single institution are proposed, the institution may wish to hold an internal selection and assessment process to ensure only the most competitive applications are submitted.
Applicants will hear the results of their application by early September, with the programme commencing on Thursday 28 September 2023. Applicants are encouraged to make a note of this date and ensure that they will be able to attend its first session, should their application be successful.
If you have any questions about the Research Catalyst Cohort programme, including around your eligibility, please email firstname.lastname@example.org