Worldwide Cancer Research
graduate job
Expires8 days

Research Funding Officer

Job description

As Research Funding Officer you will be part of the team responsible for the administration of the multi-million pound response mode funding programme for basic and translational cancer research. Reporting to the Research Funding Manager, you will assist with the processing of funding applications, their review by external experts and the charity’s Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), and the administration and financial management of the resulting awards, providing scientific input when required.

Processing of research funding applications

  • Provide guidance and support to potential applicants.
  • Process and validate submitted applications.
  • Provide administrative support for the review processes, and provide scientific input to the external peer review process, by identifying appropriate referees.
  • Liaise with the Research Funding Manager to plan, manage and attend the SAC meeting and associated social events.
  • Analyse and provide application information for internal and external purposes, e.g. co-funding partnership opportunities, AMRC data collection exercise.

Management of funding awards

  • Help with Issuing contracts to successful applicants.
  • Process grant claims and grant change requests.
  • Monitor the receipt of grant progress reports and ensure relevant information is passed to the other research teams, and acted on accordingly.
  • Working with the Research Funding Administrators, ensure that all information related to historical grants is stored in the grants management system.
  • Analyse and provide funding information for internal and external purposes, e.g. fundraising activities, AMRC & ICRP data collection exercises.

Conference and travel awards

  • Organise the charity’s presence at sponsored conferences and represent the charity at these events when required.
  • Provide administrative support to the Research Funding Manager in awarding the Colin Thomson medal to a researcher in recognition of their outstanding contribution to research into cancer.

Relationship management

  • Develop good working relationships with the other research teams and the Finance team, helping ensure a smooth flow of information between the teams.

Wider responsibilities

  • Stay abreast of developments in cancer research at a national and international level, including awareness of key members of the cancer research community.
  • Develop knowledge of research funding management practices and issues, and the latest thinking in relevant areas.
  • Provide scientific input to support the work of the other research teams when required.

Full-time permanent, the working week will be 35 hours with core working hours between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday with a one hour lunch break. The office will be open from 7am – 7pm daily.

ension scheme with a 10% employer contribution. 33 days paid holiday annually plus four public holidays as paid leave days each year over Christmas and New Year. A cycle to work scheme is available.

What we are looking for

You will have a higher degree (MSc/PhD) in a biomedical related research field and a broad knowledge of cancer research field and the funding environment.

Accepted degree subjects

  • health sciences
  • medicine and surgery
  • biology and life sciences

Additional job details

Number of vacancies

10% pension employer contribution

Contract, dates and working times


How to apply

Please email your tailored CV (no more than two pages) and covering letter outlining your suitability for this role via the Apply button. Please note your covering letter will be key to the success of your application.

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Applications close at noon on the closing date.

Interviews will be held in Edinburgh on Thursday 13 June 2019.

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Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 29 May 2019

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Closing date:  3 June 2019

Expires8 days

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