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Research and Innovation for Global Health Transformation - Guidance for Funding Committee Applicants

 

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The NIHR is seeking to appoint a range of individuals to join its Funding Committee for call 4 of the NIHR Research and Innovation for Global Health Transformation (RIGHT) programme. RIGHT Call 4 focuses on unintentional injuries, and urgent and emergency care, in low and middle income countries (LMICs).

About the NIHR RIGHT programme

The NIHR RIGHT programme funds cutting-edge interdisciplinary applied health research in key areas in LMICs that are eligible for Official Development Assistance (ODA), where a strategic and targeted investment can result in a transformative impact. To date, the programme has funded research on:

  • multimorbidity
  • mental health
  • epilepsy
  • infection-related cancers
  • severe stigmatising skin diseases

The strategic aims across the RIGHT programme are to:

  • Deliver applied health research for the direct and primary benefit to LMIC(s), typically through research in key thematic areas for the prevention of ill health and optimal disease management.
  • Strengthen capacity for research and knowledge exchange through equitable partnerships between researchers involved in the research.
  • Promote interdisciplinary approaches to working (including, but not limited to: clinical, health economics, statistics, qualitative and social sciences), to ensure that research objectives can be delivered.
  • Generate new research knowledge and evidence on interventions to improve health outcomes of people in LMIC(s).

In order to achieve the aims outlined above, the NIHR is seeking applications for RIGHT Call 4 that address applied health research in the following areas:

  • Prevention and management of unintentional injuries in LMICs
  • Emergency care systems strengthening in LMICs as a result of unintentional injuries

About NIHR Global Health Research Funding Committees

Who makes up NIHR RIGHT Funding Committees?

NIHR RIGHT Funding Committees are made up of a core of individuals with extensive applied global health research and individuals with skills and knowledge relevant to a particular funding call. They bring with them a broad spectrum of experience that will contribute to well-rounded collective decision-making on research needs and quality of applications.

The Funding Committee for RIGHT call 4 will have two independent Co-Chairs and up to 25 further members, dependent on the nature of the call. Broadly, input is provided by two kinds of member:

  • Subject matter and academic members, who have previous experience at a senior level and a significant record in applied health research and publication, usually in low- and middle-income country (LMIC) settings. For this call, the NIHR is seeking individuals with specific expertise on prevention and management of unintentional injuries, and emergency care systems in low resource settings, Applications from social scientists are also welcomed.
  • Community engagement and involvement members, who bring valuable knowledge, experience and expertise of how to involve people with lived experience of a health condition and communities in the full spectrum of the research process in LMICs at both the local, national, regional and global levels. Members also bring an understanding and experience of developing and delivering community engagement strategies to reach the most marginalised and vulnerable populations so that no one is left behind.

How are Funding Committee Members appointed? 

Subject specialist Funding Committee members will be appointed via an openly advertised recruitment process. Where particular areas of knowledge, skills or contextual experience in LMIC countries are required to support the work of a particular committee, some members may be directly approached and appointed by the NIHR Programme.

Membership is open to all with the necessary experience. For RIGHT Funding Committees, we are particularly interested in recruiting members with experience from a wide range of geographical locations and contexts, particularly from applicants from countries listed on the OECD DAC-list.  In line with the International Development (Gender Equality) Act 2014 and the Equalities Act 2010, as well as NIHR principles, NIHR is committed to equality of opportunity.

The names of Funding Committee members will be published on the NIHR website.

What do Funding Committee Members do? 

The main role of the Funding Committee is to collectively discuss and recommend which applications received to a call for research should be recommended for funding. As a guide, each application will consist of:

Stage 1:

  • Outline of Proposed Research Plan
  • Strength of the research team
  • Outline of approach to creating equitable and sustainable partnerships
  • Outline of community engagement and involvement plan
  • Outline of training and Capacity Strengthening Plan
  • Potential impact of proposed research
  • ODA compliance statement
  • Finance Summary Form outlining the proposed budget
  • References

Plus a further optional upload.

Stage 2

  • Detailed Research Plan
  • Strength of the research team
  • Detailed approach to creating equitable and sustainable partnerships
  • Detailed Plans for Research Capacity Strengthening
  • Detailed Plan for Community Engagement and Involvement
  • Detailed Plan for Programme Management and Governance
  • Impact and sustainability
  • Detailed budget breakdown and justification
  • Value for money

Plus further optional uploads.

Prior to a meeting, Committee members will review applications against the advertised call specification and funding criteria, and will critically assess whether proposed research is high quality, scientifically robust, represents good value for money, and is ODA-eligible. Each member will be assigned a sub-set of applications to review in-depth which they will need to present at the meeting, however they will also be required to read all other applications in order to be able to contribute to discussions and vote.

Members are required to hold at least two full days for advance preparation per day of the Funding Committee meeting attended to undertake in depth reviews for their assigned applications, and to review all other applications. In addition there will be a need for additional input in advance of the meeting for triage and written comments to be submitted.

After discussion and scoring of applications, the Funding Committee will make their final recommendations to the Department of Health and Social Care on which applications should be funded.

After the Funding Committee meeting, members may be asked to review final feedback to applicants and/or applicant’s responses, where necessary, to confirm any conditional funding requirements have been addressed.

During the lifetime of the active awards, members may be approached by NIHR to review and make recommendations to the Department of Health and Social Care regarding significant proposed changes and/or extensions to the active awards.

Throughout the review process, all Funding Committee members are required to adhere to the Terms of Reference.

When do the Funding Committees meet?

Funding Committee meetings are scheduled to take place as follows:

  • Stage 1 Funding Committee: June 2021
  • Stage 2 Funding Committee: 9 and 10 February 2022

Meetings are usually held face-to-face in London, UK, but dependent on the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic may be delivered virtually.

Person specification

Subject matter experts and academics

Essential

  • Professional knowledge and a significant track record of experience in applied global health research ideally in LMICs relevant to the remit of the programme.
  • Relevant global health research, public health and/or global health systems research background, in particular in prevention/management of unintentional injuries, and urgent and emergency care systems.
  • Current or recent experience of research capacity strengthening in global health research.
  • A demonstrated track record of research achievement and leadership.
  • Experience of assimilating a large volume of written information and condensing it into a succinct critical appraisal.
  • Experience of participating in formal meetings clearly conveying views on complex information, and actively contributing to large group discussion.
  • Computer literate, and willing to use a computer-based management information system.
  • Discretion in handling confidential information.

Desirable

  • Previous membership of other major global health funder committees.
  • Direct experience in the peer review processes of large scale proposals for national or international global health research funders.

Community engagement and involvement specialists

Essential

  • Extensive technical expertise in developing and delivering community engagement strategies to involve people with lived experience and communities in health-related research, services or policy design in LMICs, with demonstrated evidence of reaching the most marginalised and vulnerable populations so that no one is left behind.
  • Experience and knowledge of the universal health coverage movement and the role Civil Society groups and networks play in connecting the movement to the most marginalised and disadvantaged communities at local, national, regional and global levels.
  • Knowledge or experience of global health issues and in particular an understanding of the global burden of unintentional injuries in LMICs and emergency care systems and the importance of meaningful involvement of people who had unintentional injuries in tackling them at the local, national, regional and global levels.
  • Good understanding of health system strengthening approaches and the challenges of translating health research into policy in under resourced LMIC contexts.
  • Experience of developing successful co-created approaches to capturing the impact of community engagement in LMICs.
  • Current or recent experience of working in or with global health research sectors, UN agencies or INGO/NGOs.
  • Passion for amplifying the voices of people who are often marginalised and underrepresented.
  • Experience of assimilating a large volume of written information and condensing it into a succinct critical appraisal.
  • Experience of participating in formal meetings, clearly conveying views on complex information, and actively contributing to large group discussion.
  • Computer literate, and willing to use a computer-based management information system.
  • Discretion in handling confidential information.

Terms and conditions

Duration of role

Membership will be for the duration of the NIHR RIGHT Call 4 Funding Committee meetings in 2021 and 2022 inclusive of all required pre and post-meeting activities.

Payment

The Chairs and Subject Matter Experts/Academic members of the NIHR RIGHT Funding Committees are not remunerated for undertaking these roles. These members can, however, claim reasonable expenses associated with attendance of meetings, such as travel and subsistence.

A separate payment policy exists for CEI specialist committee members.

Committee members are normally expected to travel standard class by rail and economy class by air. First class travel is not permitted. Staff at NIHR will liaise with members to arrange travel. Full details can be found in the NIHR Global Health Research programme committee member policy on expenses.

For face-to-face meetings, hotel accommodation will be provided by NIHR at the allocated meeting venue.  Bookings will be made for members by the NIHR team.

Continued professional development (CPD) 

In discussion with the relevant professional body, members may be able to claim CPD points. Where appropriate, CCF will provide written confirmation of a member’s contribution.

How to apply

  1. Review the vacancy advert, alongside this guidance for applicants
  2. Complete the online application, and the equal opportunities monitoring form (optional).
  3. In addition to your application form, upload an up to date and relevant curriculum vitae (2-4 pages) and any additional relevant information such as a summary publications list.
  4. Submit your application by the close date stated on the website and please provisionally hold the committee dates in your diary.
  5. Once your application has been submitted, you will receive an on-screen message confirming receipt of your application. If you have any queries regarding your application please contact ccf-globalhealth@nihr.ac.uk in the first instance.
  6. After the closing date, NIHR will assess all applications received against the criteria set out in the person specification. Applicants will be notified of the final outcomes within four to six weeks of the advertised closing date.