HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is introducing an initiative whereby academic and research experts can formally propose research ideas to the department and bid for financial sponsorship. This process will allow a wider network of experts to influence the development of HMRC's evidence base and incorporate recent theoretical and methodological advancements.
HMRC values evidence-based policy and is committed to utilising high quality analysis which is timely and relevant to policy development. The department has an external research budget which funds a range of research projects (PDF 34K) and commissions the expertise of analytical and research specialists. Generally the analytical focus is generated within HMRC based on departmental business objectives and evidence needs.HMRC is now inviting an external audience to initiate research ideas which can be considered alongside internally generated proposals during the development of the 2010-11 research programme.
HMRC undertakes research and analysis across a variety of policy and operational areas. The department has multidisciplinary teams of analytical specialists including economists, statisticians, social researchers and operational researchers. Below are current themes of analytical interest for the department, which HMRC encourage external proposals to focus on:
The allocation of funds for external research is prioritised based on policy imperative, methodological quality and value for money.
The prioritisation process will commence in January 2010 and funding will be awarded from April 2010. Any externally initiated research ideas will be aligned with the internal process subject to the proposal demonstrating that it will inform an evidence gap and add value to policy and/or operational development. HMRC analysts and business colleagues will review the proposals and assess whether a business case should be put forward to bid for funds from the research programme. At this stage the HMRC analysts and business colleagues supporting the proposal will work with the applicant to further explore/develop the research idea, review the feasibility of the analytical approach and align it with current policy direction.
Initial proposals and any queries should be submitted to Steven Taylor at the address below.
The revised deadline for proposals is now the 5 February 2010.
If you wish to apply for funding from the 2010-11 research programme HMRC recommends that the proposal covers the following points, however HMRC is interested in receiving your ideas even if they are not fully developed and welcome you to discuss them at any stage.
To aid assessment of proposals it is preferable that they are written primarily for a non-technical audience and are kept brief, within five pages excluding technical annexes and CVs, as there will be further opportunity for fuller discussions about the proposed research with the HMRC analytical sponsor.
All successful proposals will be commissioned following HMRC's standard Terms and Conditions, a full set of which are available. All Terms and Conditions are contract specific and some of these Terms and Conditions may not be applicable, further, there maybe additional Terms and Conditions as appropriate. These proposals will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to aligning the research with HMRC policy requirements and timescales. It should be anticipated that a steering group will be established to manage the project and ensure that agreed milestones are achieved. The funding of projects will generally be staged and paid on the completion of the agreed milestones.
The Intellectual Property Right (IPR) for each project will be established on a case by case basis. However the starting assumption would be HMRC owns the IPR for the contracted research. HMRC generally publishes research reports and encourage publication in a peer reviewed journal alongside HMRC's own vehicle for publication which is the HMRC website. Any publications will be subject to final approval from HMRC.
If you have any queries or would like to discuss possible research please contact:
Principal Research Officer
Knowledge, Analysis & Intelligence (KAI)
Email: Brian O’Callaghan