Vitae has also commissioned a professional development tool, called the Research Development Framework (RDF), to support the holistic professional development of researchers.
The RDF sets out the knowledge, behaviours, and attributes that all researchers are expected to develop and demonstrate across their career span.
The Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) is structured into four domains covering the knowledge, behaviours and attributes of researchers. It sets out the wide-ranging knowledge, intellectual abilities, techniques and professional standards expected to do research, as well as the personal qualities, knowledge and skills to work with others and ensure the wider impact of research. Within each of the domains there are three sub-domains and associated descriptors.
Researchers can map their professional development using the Vitae RDF Planner.