About Vitae

CRAC has been a pivotal force in career development for researchers in higher education since 1968, when we ran our first project to support transitions of doctoral researchers to industry. Much of our work has been funded by the UK Research Councils and we have played a key role in the UK drives for high-level skills, innovation and world-class researchers. This has included the UK GRAD programme and subsequently Vitae. For details of current activities, see the Vitae Website.

Increasingly our work with researchers is international, helping institutions, research funders and others with an interest in supporting researchers' careers.

Vitae is the global leader in supporting the professional development of researchers, experienced in working with institutions as they strive for research excellence, innovation and impact.

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Vitae Mission

Realising the potential of researchers, globally


  • Influence the development and implementation of effective policy relating to researcher development
  • Enhance higher education provision to train and develop researchers
  • Empower researchers to make an impact in their careers
  • Evidence the impact of professional and career development support for researchers

Membership - Join us

Working together to realise the potential of researchers by supporting:


Communicate your research

1,200+ researchers from member institutions take part each year

Find out more about 3MT® 2018

Access online resources

Focus on your professional development by:

Join the conversation

Connect with likeminded researchers via Vitae’s digital network of Community groups

Follow us at @Vitae_news to get updates and trends in professional development for researchers

Let us know your thoughts about the research environment at #vitae18

Researcher developers

Demonstrate impact

Access Vitae reports and publications for sector intelligence and benchmarking insights:

Vitae Annual Report for sector insights at the national and global level

Five Steps Forward for progress in implementing the UK Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

Share Best Practices

Attend Vitae events to network with colleagues from across the UK, Europe, America, Australasia and Japan to share evidence-based best practices

Develop Yourself

Enhance your career and yourself through professional development opportunities


Shape Policy

Partnering with policy leaders on the review of UK Concordat

Vitae supports over 40 member institutions with submission for the HR Excellence in Research Award

Build Capacity

Supporting over 30 member institutions with funding bids. Recent successful bids include:

  • EPSRC Inclusion Matters
  • Resarch England Catalyst Fund to support mental health & wellbeing for postgraduate researchers
  • Marie Sklosowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN-ETN)

Think Globally

Capacity building projects in over 20 countries:

  • EURAXESS - working with European partners on interesctoral mobility
  • CIRCLE - working in sub-Saharan Africa to enhance researcher development capacity and support climate change Fellows
  • La Caixa and Polonez - professional development programmes for doctoral and postdoctoral fellows in Spain and Poland


What Vitae offers

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Working together to realise the potential of researchers

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From member seminars to the Vitae International Researcher Development Conference

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Workshops, mentoring, webinars and consultancy

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Printed and online reports, booklets and leaflets

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Professional development planning. Map your skills and attributes to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF)

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Join our online network for members to share practice, discuss the latest policy implications, innovate, and collaborate


Examples of work

Link to Vitae website

Vitae website

Portal for researcher, researcher developer and member organisation resources

Link to Vitae Five Steps Forward report

Five Steps Forward

Report on UK Concordat progress based on the CROS & PIRLS survey

Link to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework on the Vitae website

The Researcher Development Framework

Describes the knowledge, behaviour and attributes of successful researchers

What Vitae members say


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