We have already used narrative CV formats in several pilot opportunities. This has allowed us to try narrative CVs with different types of funding opportunity.
When used in the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Tools and Resources Development Fund, 60% of respondents indicated they were satisfied or very satisfied with the format.
In another pilot, (UKRI Citizen Science), 65% of applicants said they were either satisfied or very satisfied with the use of a narrative CV in place of the track record section. 71% agreed it provided more flexibility to highlight specific skills, experience, and achievements relevant to delivery of the project.
Applicant feedback did indicate areas for further consideration: some applicants were concerned that we minimise the effort required to create these documents.
We are working with others across the research and innovation community to make the R4RI both straightforward to use and a valuable tool for evidencing your contributions.