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Closing date: 10 November 2020

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Programme Grants for Applied Research - Subcommittee Membership

We are pleased to announce an excellent opportunity has arisen to participate in Programme Grants for Applied Research assessment committees. These prestigious appointments offer senior applied health researchers the chance to take part in and gain experience of making recommendations to NIHR for large scale, high quality programmes of research for the benefit of patients and the NHS.

Senior Research Manager

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Global Health Research Funding Committee Members

Introduction

The NIHR Global Health Research (GHR) portfolio was established to support applied health research for the direct and primary benefit of people in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list, using UK Aid from the UK government.The Global Health Research portfolio is underpinned by three principles which guide development and delivery. These are:

  1. Meet eligibility criteria as Official Development Assistance (ODA), i.e. funded research directly and primarily benefits people in ODA-eligible countries on the OECD DAC-list
  2. Deliver high-quality applied health research, building on the Principles of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR): Impact, Excellence, Effectiveness, Inclusion, Collaboration
  3. Strengthen research capability and training through equitable partnerships

Apply to join an NIHR Global Health Research Funding Committee

The NIHR Global Health Research Programme is now seeking to appoint a range of individuals to join its Funding Committees to support decision-making who will bring the following types of knowledge and experience. Applications from individuals based in LMICs are welcome and encouraged.

Subject matter experts/academics

Applicants should have previous experience at a senior level and a significant record in applied health research and publication, ideally in low- and middle-income country (LMIC) settings.  Applicants should also have previous experience of working with health research funders, for example through reviewing applications or as a member of an advisory committee or a funding committee.

Community Engagement and Involvement specialists

Applicants should have demonstrable knowledge and experience of how to involve communities in the full spectrum of the research process in LMICs, with an understanding of inclusion of vulnerable and underrepresented community members. Applicants should be familiar with different health research methodologies across a wide range of LMIC settings and an understanding of best practice, for example The UNICEF Minimum quality standards and indicators in community engagement)). Applicants should ideally also have previous experience of working with health research funders, for example through reviewing funding applications or as a member of an advisory or funding committee.

Current opportunities

We are currently recruiting to the following Funding Committee/s:

• NIHR Global Health Research Units
• NIHR Global Health Research Groups

The NIHR Global Health Research Units and NIHR Global Health Research Groups form a key part of the NIHR Global Health Research commitment to ODA and provide funding to support not only delivery of research that will improve health outcomes for people living in LMICs, but also strengthens crucial research capability and capacity in resource-poor settings, including training and capacity-building in both academic research and programme support functions. Together these provide a vital and sustainable platform for future research in those countries.  

For full details on the role and expectations, please see Guidance for Applicants document.

Applicants will be invited to indicate their preference for joining either the Units or Groups Committee and may be invited to join both if they have expressed an interest in doing so  Candidates will be asked to express their interest in the details being retained for consideration of other future Global Health Research Funding Committee positions.  After the closing date, NIHR will assess all applications received against the criteria set out in the Person Specification and confirm outcomes with applicants as soon as decisions have been made. 

If you are interested to join the NIHR Global Health peer review college, please indicate this by ticking the box in the application form. 

For full details on the role and expectations, please see the Global Health Committee member role description.

Applicants will be invited to indicate their preference for joining either the Units or Groups Committee and may be invited to join both if they have expressed an interest in doing so. Candidates will be asked to express their interest in the details being retained for consideration of other future GHR funding committee positions as these arise should they not be appointed through this application round or to an NIHR GH peer review college. After the closing date, NIHR will assess all applications received against the criteria set out in the Person Specification and confirm outcomes with applicants as soon as decisions have been made. If a candidate’s experience is considered to be relevant to a future NIHR Global Health Research Funding Committee and candidates have indicated an interest, individuals will be asked if they wish their application to be retained and considered for roles on other NIHR Global Health Research Committees or in peer review.

There are two closing dates for funding applications to these calls, therefore there will be two separate Funding Committee meetings. The key dates we will ask candidates to hold during the application process are:

Call close November 2020 (phase 1) Funding Committee: 9, 10 & 11 March 2021
Call close May 2021 (phase 2) Funding Committee: 21, 22 & 23 September 2021

Time commitment for the role: It is anticipated the first 1.5 days of each meeting will consider applications for Units, and the second 1.5 days applications for Groups. However, the exact split will not be known until later in the year.

Members are required to hold at least one full day for advance preparation per day of meeting day attended in which to undertake in depth reviews for their assigned applications, and at a higher level review all other applications.   In addition, there can be a need for additional input in advance of the meeting if a very high volume of applications is received.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Becky Evans at nihrglobalhealth@nihr.ac.uk

You will find advice on how to apply in the guidance document linked below: 

The closing date for applications is 10 November 2020.