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Dr Mark Toal is Deputy Director of Research Systems at the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). Mark is accountable for cross-NIHR policies relating to:
Mark is also responsible for overall NIHR financial monitoring and planning, including NIHR policy on Research Capability Funding and Excess Treatment Costs.
In addition to his NIHR-facing accountabilities, Mark is responsible for sponsorship of the Health Research Authority.
Mark has held a number of policy, strategy and delivery roles within DHSC and other Government Departments. Prior to his time in the civil service, Mark was a research scientist at the Natural Environment Research Council and has a PhD in Environmental Biology from the University of Liverpool.