Research Contracts Benchmarking 2023

Open to research performing organisations in the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and Australia

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Research Contracts Benchmarking 2023

Research Consulting, working in partnership with CMS, are currently seeking expressions of interest for our 2023 Research Contracts Benchmarking exercise from higher education and research institutions in the UK, Republic of Ireland and Australia.

Building on our two previous benchmarking exercises, in 2013 and 2018, participation enables research performing organisations to benchmark contract volume and resourcing levels against their peers and explore the role of emerging artificial intelligence tools in the management of research contracts.

Expression of Interest

The project is now underway, but new institutions are still welcome to join the survey group, by providing their details using the link below.

Evidence-Based Insights

Our methodology combines robust benchmarking data with deep sector knowledge to help institutions understand their strengths and weaknesses, and pinpoint areas for improvement.

Sharing of Good Practice

We will facilitate the exchange of good practice between participants through case studies, and by exploring areas of emerging interest, such as the use of AI and the emergence of legal operations functions.

Choose Your Peer Group

Participation is open to institutions from the UK, Republic of Ireland and Australia, enabling benchmarking against selected peers, national averages and international comparators.

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Benefits of Participation


  • Support the development of efficient and effective teams
  • Strengthen approaches to financial and risk management
  • Enable stronger relationships across a research project
  • Deliver effective compliance
  • Ensure consistency of service


  • Benchmark team performance against best practice
  • Understand skills gaps/limitations within contracts teams
  • Identify areas for improvement
  • Establish evidence for resource bids
  • Explore the potential for AI to streamline legal processes


  • Enable the effective delivery of collaborative projects
  • Compare performance against peers in your region
  • Undertake comparisons with similar overseas markets
  • Understand opportunities presented by the growth of AI and legal operations as a profession


Our standard rate of £4,495 + VAT (UK)/ €4,495 (ROI) includes:

Participation in our specialist benchmarking exercise

A bespoke performance report

A 1-to-1 consultation with our team to discuss your results

Attendance at a good-practice exchange event with other participating HEIs

For information on pricing for Australian institutions please get in touch with Dr Mark Hochman.

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Small and Specialist Institutions

We recognise that small and specialist institutions and non-university research performing organisations have particular needs in the area of contracts management. With the focus being on front end research development activities, the complexity of managing research contracts can lead to loss of income, reputational damage and poor project management.

We are exploring the potential to offer an adapted version of the survey at a reduced rate for these organisations. Please contact Rob Johnson to let us know if this would be of value for your organisation.

What People Say


Research Consulting are people who listen; who ensure they understand; who know what’s possible and what’s not possible; but who never settle for vanilla; who breathe integrity, honesty and do their very best to deliver the very best; who collect data, the right amount, and take pains to interpret it correctly; who offer much more than just value; and who are people rather than a brand. Hamish MacAndrew, Former Chief Operating Officer, ARMA

Research Consulting quickly analysed our needs and developed a project scope to evaluate the approach to relationship management at the University, and make a series of recommendations based on international best practice in the sector. They were proactive in their communication, kept to schedule and delivered on time. They presented a useful report which has formed the basis of changes we are implementing in the University. We are very happy with the outcome.
– Stephanie Bales, Director of Research and Innovation, Teesside

Rob Johnson

Project Lead

Angharad Roberts | Research Consulting Ltd.

Angharad Roberts

Project Manager

Dan King | Research Consulting

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Quality Assurance

Mark Hochman | Research Consulting

Mark Hochman

Australia Expert

Tom Morgan | Research Consulting

Tom Morgan

Legal Expert

Diane Revill | Research Consulting Ltd.

Diane Revill

Marketing Support

The full survey, which underpins the project, will be launched in April 2023, with preliminary findings to be delivered from September 2023 and a full report by November 2023.

We are happy to answer any questions you might have. Please feel free to get in touch directly with any of us or via our contact page.

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