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Closing date: 14 December 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.

Global Health Research Portfolio - Funding Committee Members

The NIHR Global Health Research Portfolio was established to support applied health research for the direct and primary benefit of persons in low and middle income countries (LMICs) covered under 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 for Official Development Assistance (ODA), i.e. funded research that directly and primarily benefits people in ODA-eligible countries 
  2. Deliver high-quality applied health research, building on the principles of the NIHR: Impact, Excellence, Effectiveness, Inclusion, Collaboration
  3. Strengthen research capability and training through equitable partnerships

Apply to join a Global Health Research Funding Committee

The NIHR Global Health Research Portfolio is currently seeking to appoint a range of individuals to join its Funding Committees for:

  1. Global Health Research Centres - Call 1: research and institutional capacity strengthening in non-communicable diseases
  2. Research and Innovation for Global Health Transformation (RIGHT) - Call 4: unintentional injuries, urgent and emergency care

Successful individuals will support decision-making and contribute to one or more of the following types of knowledge and experience as appropriate to the specific call: 

Subject matter experts and academics

Applicants should have previous experience at a senior level and a significant record in applied health research and publication, ideally in LMIC settings.  Applicants should also have previous experience of working with health research funders, for example but not limited to reviewing applications or as a member of an advisory or funding committee.

Community engagement and involvement specialists

Applicants should have 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. Applicants should have 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.  In addition, applicants may also have relevant experience in a UN agency or an international non-governmental organisation (INGO) or non-governmental organisation (NGO) with a strong community engagement background.

About the role

It is anticipated that each funding committee meeting will consider applications over a maximum of two days, dependent on the number of applications received.

Funding Committee members are required to hold up to two full days for advance preparation prior to the funding committee meeting, in which to undertake reviews of their assigned applications and to review all other applications.   

During the lifetime of the awards, committee members may be approached and invited to review and make recommendations on major proposed changes to work programmes including extensions to active awards.

How to apply

Please read the applicant guidance, according to which Funding Committee you wish to apply to:

To apply, please complete the online application form for your chosen Funding Committee:

In as part of your online application, you'll be asked to upload an up-to-date and relevant curriculum vitae (2-4 pages) and any additional relevant information such as a summary publications list. 

You may also wish to complete the anonymous equal opportunities form (optional).

The closing date for applications is 14 December 2020.

After the closing date, NIHR will assess all applications received against the criteria set out in the person specification and confirm decision outcomes with applicants.

Candidates will be asked to express their interest in their details being retained for consideration of other future Global Health Research Portfolio Funding Committee positions, as these arise, should candidates not be appointed through this application round.