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RAE1/98 - Annex C

Definition of Research

'Research' for the purpose of the RAE is to be understood as original investigation undertaken in order to gain knowledge and understanding. It includes work of direct relevance to the needs of commerce and industry, as well as to the public and voluntary sectors; scholarship*; the invention and generation of ideas, images, performances and artefacts including design, where these lead to new or substantially improved insights; and the use of existing knowledge in experimental development to produce new or substantially improved materials, devices, products and processes, including design and construction. It excludes routine testing and analysis of materials, components and processes, eg for the maintenance of national standards, as distinct from the development of new analytical techniques. It also excludes the development of teaching materials that do not embody original research.

*Scholarship for the RAE is defined as the creation, development and maintenance of the intellectual infrastructure of subjects and disciplines, in forms such as dictionaries, scholarly editions, catalogues and contributions to major research databases.

RAE1/98 - Annex D


4 September 1998 Response to consultation on bodies to nominate panel members
16 October 1998Response to additional consultation questions
16 October 1998Response to Department of Health consultation on medical units of assessment (UOAs)
November 1998 - Spring 1999Consideration of recommendations of joint funding bodies study of interdisciplinary research and RAE
Spring 1999Funding bodies announce
  • Number and definition of UOAs
  • Number and membership of panels
  • Details on preparing submissions, data requirements and definitions
Summer 1999Panels to consult subject communities on draft criteria
November 1999 *Publish agreed criteria
September 1999 - March 2000Data Collection Software - programme of HEIs' evaluation of pilot software
July 2000 *Issue software and manual to HEIs
September -October 2000 *Detailed survey of HEIs' submission intentions
December 2000Deadline for published output
31 March 2001Census date for assigning research active staff to HEIs where they are in post
30 April 2001Submission date

* These dates are provisional and subject to confirmation.

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