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®

Access online resources

Take a look at how Vitae can support you to realise your potential

Join the conversation

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

Let @Vitae know your thoughts about the research culture and environment on LinkedIn and via X @Vitae_News

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

Read out Impact and evaluation pages

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

Vitae supports over 80 member institutions with submission for the HR Excellence in Research Award

Take a look at the work Vitae conducts internationally relating to researcher development policy

Researcher training support for Vitae member institutions

Vitae membership offers a host of benefits to institutions and their researchers. Looking to develop the capacity of your institution? We offer  ‘Train the Trainer’ programmes” for researcher developers. Contact us to find out more.


What Vitae offers

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Working together to realise the potential of researchers


From member events to the Vitae International Researcher Development Conference

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Workshops, mentoring, webinars and consultancy


Reports, booklets and leaflets

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


Be involved in researcher development policy and practice-sharing


Examples of work

Vitae website

Portal for researcher, researcher developer and member organisation resources

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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