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Research Programme Manager

National Institute for Health Research - Grant Management Group, Health Science & Innovation

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is a large, multi-faceted and nationally distributed organisation funded through the Department of Health and Social Care. Together, NIHR people, facilities and systems represent the most integrated clinical and social care research system in the world, driving research from bench to bedside for the benefit of patients and the economy.

LGC is an international life sciences company working with customers in the government, academic, pharmaceutical, agricultural biotechnology, food, environment, security and sports sectors to achieve excellence in investigative, diagnostic and measurement science. LGC’s Grant Management Group (GMG) are experts in managing research funding to maximise its impact. On behalf of the UK Department of Health and Social Care, GMG manages two important components of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR): the Central Commissioning Facility (CCF) and the NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI). 

The CCF is now working on a number of new, important research funding initiatives that will shape the future of health and social care. We are looking for Research Managers (full-time or part-time) to join our CCF Research Programmes Directorate team to help drive, among other things:

  • a large portfolio of research projects funded in response to the COVID-19 emergency and designed to inform recovery efforts in health and social care in the short to medium term.
  • new funding scheme designed to generate a pipeline of data science and artificial intelligence translational research projects to understand and map clusters of multiple long term conditions (multimorbidity) (MLTC-M).
  • The NIHR Policy Research Programme

At the heart of this investment is a commitment to reducing health inequalities, reconfiguring the health and social care system in areas and for populations living with the greatest burden. In order to genuinely deliver on these commitments, meaningful and sustainable engagement at multiple levels is required. Key stakeholders will include communities, local authorities, industry, regulators, policy makers and academics.

These roles (temporary for 12-18 months) will support Senior Programme Managers across the full end-to-end process of research management, from launching new calls for applications through to the active monitoring of funded projects and will require an ability to work collaboratively with other team members and across organisations. The posts provide the opportunity for external liaison, with interfaces to UK government, academia, industry and the clinical community. 

Key Accountabilities:  

Project management

  • Supporting all aspects of research funding, including researching and articulating potential research investment opportunities, advising potential applicants, preparing and revising application forms and guidance documents, reviewing and short-listing of applications for funding, coordinating and managing the peer review process, overseeing the funding committees, coordinating and attending funding committee meetings, collating and providing feedback to successful and unsuccessful applicants
  • Undertaking due diligence of proposals based on critical assessment of health and social care related projects, supported by senior members of the team, including
    • arranging for review of the scientific, technical and clinical rationale by the funding committee
    • analysis of value for money
    • evaluation of proposed IP protection and freedom to operate positions, assessment of the proposed dissemination, adoption and/or commercialisation strategy
  • Negotiating funding agreements for projects recommended for funding, including the negotiation of milestones and deliverables, financial arrangements and reporting requirements to enable successful project progression, and management of key risks
  • Managing a portfolio of funded projects, including monitoring of scientific, clinical and financial performance and risks, reviewing IP and dissemination plans and managing contractual changes to ensure appropriate strategies are in place leading to patient benefit and/or commercial realisation
  • Liaising regularly with internal and external stakeholders, including attending, organising and leading meetings, representing the funder’s perspective at project meetings to facilitate successful project development, and promoting and representing funding programmes at external meetings 

Wider activities

  • Drafting SOPs, work instructions and template documents and issuing guidelines
  • Assisting with the quality control of minutes, outcome letters and other external documentation
  • Assisting in the preparation of regular and ad hocprogramme reports, papers and minutes
  • Ad hoc “special project” work, for example to support enhanced grant management offerings and added value for health and social care research.
  • Identifying enhancements to working practices and defining, implementing and supporting the processes to deliver operational excellence
  • Organising and attending site visits, advisory panel meetings and relevant external meetings etc.
  • Responding to Parliamentary Questions or briefing requests from DHSC, often at very short notice
  • Developing and maintaining excellent professional relationships with other GMG teams, applicants and award holders and with colleagues within NIHR and at the Department of Health and social care, and act as a role model to colleagues at all levels
  • Assisting with delivery of the communications strategies, including executing and monitoring such strategies for different calls and initiatives. This might involve assisting with creating media materials such as press releases, blog posts, and newsletters.
  • Contributing to strategic development initiatives, for example those to enable improved data access for research


Candidate Specification:  

  • Knowledge of the National Institute for Health Research architecture and objectives
  • Background in biomedical, health, social science or other scientific or engineering discipline relevant to health and social care research.
  • Experience of working in a research environment, either in academia or industry
  • Experience or clear awareness of commercially focused research or the commercialisation of research, including understanding of intellectual property.
  • Excellent writing skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills, able to prioritise and manage multiple tasks, working to challenging targets and deadlines
  • Strong project management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills from liaising with internal and external stakeholders and communities
  • Good financial awareness and financial management skills
  • Good people management skills, and ability to delegate and influence behaviour
  • Well developed analytical and complex problem solving skills, with a solution based approach
  • Excellent communication skills and customer focus, including experience of external liaison
  • Excellent relationship management skills resulting in collaborative working and shared objectives
  • Excellent IT skills, e.g. Microsoft Office or Google Suite
  • Committed team player with an ability to build effective working relationships
  • A Ph.D. in life or social sciences or equivalent research experience is desirable but not essential 

Essential Competencies: 

  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Attention to detail and meticulous record keeping
  • Teamwork
  • Motivation
  • Organisation
  • Communication
  • Customer focus
  • Problem Solving
  • Delegation
  • Initiative

Please submit a cover letter (max 2 pages) and an up to date CV.

Location: Twickenham
Salary: £35,000 to £37,000 p.a.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 9th September 2021
Closes: 30th September 2021
Job Ref: 22623
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