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As part of our diversity programme, Leading the way: Increasing diversity in the scientific workforce, we have published an invitation to tender for research into two questions relating to the business case for diversity in the scientific workforce.
Tenders must be submitted by 1 July 2013.
The contractors are expected to use existing literature, research, and economic data and to conduct interviews with key researchers to answer one or both of the two questions below.
In establishing the business case for diversity within the scientific workforce, we are interested in evidencing the contribution of typically underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine particularly with reference to economic outputs, organisational performance and profitability, innovation and collaboration.
The researchers are expected to identify
Findings from this research will determine the optimum measures of diversity and outputs to be used as part of a small pilot study to establish in the first instance whether there is a statistically meaningful correlation between some measures of diversity and some measures of the quality or quantity of outputs produced by groups on scientists.
Article by Chair in Science in Parliament magazine (PDF)published Autumn 2013
Invitation to Tender: Research into the business case for diversitypublished June 2013
Progress reportpublished March 2013
Project details and Steering Groupannounced in June 2012
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