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What are Individual Innovation and Research Plans?

Individual Innovation and Research Plans (IIRPs) support research-active staff in developing and planning their research career. They are designed to ensure fairness and provide transparency regarding the allocation of research and innovation allowances and ensure that you have the appropriate support in place to carry out your research work.

DMU supports and values high quality research wherever it is found, irrespective of the boundaries of the Research Excellence Framework. DMU considers research central to the mission and identity of the university, and IIRPs allow DMU to quantify, year-on-year, the contribution made to research and innovation through the allowances. This, in turn, helps us to promote the positive contribution that research makes to DMU, enhance our reputation as a research-focused institution and underline the impact of your work.

The IIRP process involves completing a form that details research and innovation plans for the coming year. These plans will be peer-reviewed by school-based panels in order to inform workload allocation.

All staff are allocated a 10% allowance for research and scholarship within the new workload system and, in view of this, it has been decided not to allocate the smaller IIRP percentage bands from previous years.  Staff who consider this 10% allowance sufficient do not need to apply for an IIRP.  Allocations above the 10% (157 hours) will be given in blocks of 320 hours, a figure which is approximately 20% of 1569 hours (on which the workload system is based) and in line with allocations at similar institutions.  It is anticipated that based on a successful IIRP application, staff will be awarded 320 hours or, based on a strong performance and plan, 640 hours (in addition to the base 10%).  In a handful of exceptional cases each year an allocation of 960 hours may be made. For someone with 960 hours and the 10% for research and scholarship, the allocation would be 1117 hours from 1569.

We are planning briefings to give you the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the process involved.  

I would encourage you to make an application and to make use of the advice on offer in preparing your application. Please submit all forms by Friday 31 March 2017 to the email addresses listed in the IIIRP guidance document.

Professor Nigel Wright

Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation

IIRP guidance 2017

IIRP Form 2017

Instructions for IIRP form 2017

Research Record Form 2017

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