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Bid Writer

Cardiff University - Research & Innovation Services

Location: Cardiff
Salary: £42,036 to £48,677 per annum (Grade 7)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 22nd August 2019
Closes: 21st September 2019
Job Ref: 8974BR

The main focus of your role will be to work with academic researchers and other colleagues to write and develop bids, funding proposals and business cases for external funding of research and innovation projects. You will target large scale funding from mainstream UK sources, such as UK Research & Innovation (particularly the Research Councils, including Innovate UK), but also other public sector sources and major charities (as a non-exclusive list), Your activities will be fully aligned with Cardiff University’s The Way Forward 2018-23 strategy, especially the Research and Innovation sub-strategies. Your work will directly support the achievement of the University’s Key Performance Indicator (KPI) to achieve annual research income of £200M.
Reporting to the Head of Research Funder Relationships, you will be a member of a new unit within the Research Development team in Research and Innovation Services. The Research Funder Relationship Unit will provide critical, underpinning operational support to ensure that Cardiff’s research community is fully engaged with opportunities arising from the rapidly evolving research funding landscape. You will provide professional, responsive bid writing support for a range of interdisciplinary science areas (for example, Data Science & Artificial Intelligence, Precision Medicine, Advanced Manufacturing & Materials, Sustainable Energy, Climate Science and the Creative Economy). You will work collaboratively with senior leaders at the University (such as the Pro Vice-Chancellor Research, Innovation and Enterprise), as well as directly with academics at Cardiff University looking to finance their research ideas and ambitions.  Many of these applications will require external partners, and you should be confident and able to work effectively with businesses, public sector and regional partners to write, edit, improve and deliver high quality, competitive proposals. You will be employed as a member of the Research Development team and your work location will be flexible in order to liaise with and support relevant members of academic staff.
This role requires a strategic, proactive and ambitious individual with the ability to work effectively with others, to synthesise complex information, interpret external funder priorities and requirements and to create compelling written cases for financial support.
The expectation is that the post holder will predominantly be based at Cardiff University, however, there will be a requirement to undertake UK travel.
This is a full-time, open-ended post.

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

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