To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Drayson on 14 December 2009 (WA 187), what percentage of Professor Lawrence's recommendations have been implemented by the concordat to support the career development of researchers; and how the research councils have responded to the arguments in Professor Lawrence's article online at the PLoS Biology website or by other means. [HL968]
The concordat to support the career development of researchers was launched in 2008. As a result a range of initiatives are being undertaken to address the issues related to Professor Lawrence's concerns about career development for researchers. More details are contained in the first annual report on implementation of the concordat published in December 2009 at http://www.researchconcordat.ac.uk/ documents/FundersForumDecember09.pdf.
The research councils are continually working to improve the peer review system. An important aspect of this work is reducing the burden on the research community.