Joint Funders Group

The Joint Funders Group (JFG) was established in 2021. The group helps funders to explore a shared approach towards a narrative CV.

The Royal Society’s Résumé for Researchers (R4R)-like narrative CV approach will help us ensure we are attracting and retaining the full range of the most promising research and innovation talent. This will enable the diverse research and innovation workforce to demonstrate:

  • who they are as individuals
  • how they contribute to teams and the wider research and innovation endeavour.

In doing so it will transform who and what is visible and valued, beyond grant and publication records.

The group is sharing learning and best practice to help others engage with the narrative CV and inform aligned approaches wherever possible.

Read about the ambitions of this collective effort in the joint funders statement.

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Contact us to find out more about the JFG group


Résumé Library resources

These resources have been developed collectively by members of the JFG for the benefit of the wider research and innovation community.

Overarching high-level principles when using R4R-like CVs

R4R-like narrative CVs, as part of wider interventions, play a key role in shifting what is visible and valued in research and innovation, contributing to improvements in research culture. These high-level principles should guide all funders’ use of these tools.

Read the overarching and high-level principles.

Shared evaluation framework

With the support of evaluation experts, this framework was designed by funders for use by all funders using R4R-like CVs. The findings will help inform revision and future development of the JFG resources, as well as build the evidence base on the use of R4R-like narrative CVs.

Read the shared evaluation framework.

Synthesis of use

The synthesis of use details current usage of R4R-like CVs by members of the JFG. These include:

Starter guides

The starter guides are a collation of current best practice and aspirational considerations funders might find useful in developing their own R4R-like CVs guidance. These include:

EIA guidance, prompts and potential considerations

An equality impact assessment (EIA) is an approach designed to help ensure that policies, practices, events and decision-making processes do not present barriers to participation, or disadvantage any protected groups.

The following include UK Research and Innovation guidance, and EIA templates containing prompts and potential considerations for R4R-like CVs:

Additional resources

The following selection of resources, compiled by the JFG from across the sector, complements the Résumé Library resources.

Read the additional resources.


Organisations contributing are outlined below.

Alzheimer’s Research UK

Molly Massetti, Rosa Sancho


Association of Medical Research Charities

Mehwaesh Islam


British Heart Foundation

Subreena Simrick


Cancer Research UK

Helena Wilcox, Sue Russell


Health Research Board, Ireland

Annalisa Montesanti


Anne Costello


The Leverhulme Trust

Anna Vignoles

Luxembourg National Research Fund

Sean Sapcariu


Medical Research Foundation


National Institute for Health and Care Research

Alexa Cross


Liz Tremain


Royal Academy of Engineering


Science Foundation Ireland

Rochelle Fritch, Laura Quinn


The Academy of Medical Sciences

Clare McVicker


UK Research and Innovation

Abigail Reynolds



Shomari Lewis-Wilson

Wellcome Sanger Institute

Saher Ahmed

Email: sa14@sa

Last updated: 6 September 2022

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