The Brain Tumour Charity
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Research Grants Officer

Job description

Brain tumours do not discriminate and they do not respect boundaries. They can strike anyone, at any age. And they strike quickly. The important role of the Research Grants Officer is to support our pioneering Research team to ensure that The Charity effectively delivers our robust and ambitious Research Strategy: Accelerating a Cure and our grant programme.

You’ll be a valued member of the team, assisting with all aspects of pre- and post-award grant management, and will play a real part in helping further the delivery of our Research Strategy.

Key accountabilities

  • Work with and assist the Research Team in the implementation of The Charity’s strategic goals and research strategy
  • Undertake research related projects as requested by the Chief Scientific Officer to further the aims of The Charity to double survival rates and halve the harm caused by a brain tumour diagnosis
  • Assist with the continued development and maintenance of our research management database as an ongoing resource for future grant
  • rounds, as well as for regular reporting and financial management of current grants
  • Support the administration of The Charity’s grant application, monitoring and review processes, including liaising with researchers and
  • assessment panels
  • Support the peer reviewing of submitted proposals by identifying keywords in applications and expert reviewers for those areas, and
  • ensuring reviews and scores are completed within strict deadlines
  • Organise and attend panel meetings including liaising with attendees and venues, preparing and distributing panel packs, and taking minutes
  • and producing summaries where necessary
  • Monitor the progress of current grants through review of annual reports as well as regular engagement with The Charity’s funded researchers
  • outside of reporting timelines
  • Monitor the financials of awarded grants and maintain accurate records of expenditure
  • Maintain accurate electronic records to track grant applications and awarded grants
  • Respond to enquiries about The Charity’s funded research, research strategy and calls for applications from researchers, the general public and colleagues within The Charity
  • Assist in ensuring the scientific accuracy of internal and external communications around the research programme, for example in feedback letters, mail outs, newsletters, website content and press releases

The post holder will also

  • Contribute to achieving the objectives of The Brain Tumour Charity
  • Undertake any additional and ad hoc tasks as required
  • Participate in team meetings and other meetings as required
  • Monitor and evaluate activities and provide written reports
  • Represent The Charity at external events in a professional manner
  • Work within an equal opportunities framework
  • Adhere to all The Charity’s policies, procedures and working
  • Ensure all records are held in compliance with GDPR, The Fundraising Regulator Code of Practice and The Brain Tumour Charity policies.

Please note that the responsibilities listed are not exhaustive and this job description may be subject to change as the role evolves over time.

The Brain Tumour Charity particularly encourages applications from minority ethnic groups and underrepresented communities.

What we are looking for

  • Ability to think critically, and empathetically, about the impact of disease on quality of life Knowledge of commercialisation processes
  • Excellent eye for detail and ability to work accurately, with minimal supervision
  • Excellent time management skills, being able to deliver strict deadlines
  • Achievement orientated
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience using Microsoft Office applications
  • Capable of using own initiative to ensure best practice for the department
  • To work effectively within a team and work well with a variety of people
  • To work with energy and enthusiasm


  • PhD in life sciences/ medical discipline Experience
  • Proven experience of working with databases and spreadsheets
  • Experience working or volunteering for a charity
  • Experience of using a grant management database or in grant administration from the perspective of a funding organisation
  • Experience of speaking with those personally affected by disease, researchers and/or healthcare professionals
  • Experience of communicating scientific concepts to a range of audiences
  • Experience working in a laboratory or research setting
  • Experience of developing professional relationships
  • Ability to manage change, work with ambiguity and to organise and prioritise a diverse workload
  • Ability to implement new ideas and projects
  • Driving licence

With an enthusiasm and passion for the work of The Brain Tumour Charity, you’ll have a strong understanding of medical research and its funding. You’ll be highly organised, with excellent communication skills (written, verbal and interpersonal), a keen eye for detail and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment. We also welcome applications from brain tumour relevant researchers, looking for a new direction.

Accepted degree subjects

  • health sciences
  • biology and life sciences
  • medicine

Additional job details

Hybrid, or partially remote

Contract, dates and working times


How to apply

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 18 August 2022

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Closing date:  18 August 2022

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