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Closing date: 11 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.

Programme Director, Invention for Innovation (i4i) & SBRI Healthcare

Programme Director, Invention for Innovation (i4i) & SBRI Healthcare

 

Post: Programme Director

Accountable to: Director of Science, Research and Evidence at the Department of Health and Social Care, through the Deputy Director, Research Programmes

Time commitment: 2 days a week

Salary: Reimbursement of salary to employing organisation, payment for secretarial support may be possible following negotiation with the Department of Health and Social Care

Tenure: Five years in the first instance, with a review at three years

Proposed start date: 1 April 2021

 

 

Job Description

Background

The NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) programme is the only NIHR programme specifically focused on medical devices, in vitro diagnostic devices and digital healthcare technologies, providing support and investment to accelerate development into potential products of relevance to the NHS. The SBRI Healthcare programme is an NHS England & NHS Improvement initiative supported by the Academic Health Science Network, promoting economic growth whilst addressing unmet health needs and enhancing the take up of known best practice.

The programmes fund independent research and development through a number of researcher-led and commissioned work streams, spanning the entire translational pathway from demonstrated proof-of-concept to real world evaluations, with the aim of significantly de-risking new innovations through public funding. The mixed portfolio of R&D projects covers technology development, clinical trials, pilot and feasibility studies, and implementation research studies. To take a look at our current portfolio of funded projects please visit the NIHR website and the SBRI website.

Both programmes serve a variety of key stakeholders, including academic, clinical and company-based researchers, NHS health professionals, policy-makers such as NICE and the general public. Particular focus lies in the support of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are at the core of British diagnostics and medical device development. Our ambition is and has always been to provide a flexible source of funding, providing support and guidance through our experienced programme team. We are placing significant efforts into strengthening our engagement with the investment community, promoting a collaborative approach to support innovation.

All application and post-award processes are managed by the i4i and SBRI programme team, based at the LGC Grant Management Group in Twickenham. This team consists of an Assistant Director, Senior Programme Managers and Programme Managers, supported by a range of cross-organisational functions in the delivery of the programme.

 

Role Summary

As Programme Director, you will act as a strong advocate for the i4i and SBRI programmes and will have oversight of the direction and overall quality of the two programmes, with the benefit of patients at the core of their mission. You will work collaboratively, taking into account the relevant policy frameworks and the established and developing remit of other national funders and programmes, working towards a joined up ecosystem. You will be accountable for the programmes’ research budgets, the overall scientific quality of the project portfolio and for probity of decision-making. Typically, in any year, the i4i programme will fund proposals at a total cost of about £15m, and the SBRI programme at a total cost of up to £11m. You will have the following responsibilities:

  • Providing strategic direction, in particular regarding the remit, relevance and positioning within the wider UK funding landscape, facilitating alignment with government strategies and policies
  • Playing a key role in developing the profile of the two programmes, the NIHR and NHS England & NHS Improvement through significant external liaison and ambassadorial activities, promoting the programmes, the wider NIHR and NHS England & NHS Improvement to the research, clinical and industrial communities, including, but not limited to, relevant patient groups, Higher Education Institutions, NHS organisations, Academic Health Science Networks, regulators, Clinical Commissioning Groups, industrial associations, and in particular to the UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) community
  • Supporting the programme team in strategic stakeholder engagement, in particular the delivery of alumni and showcase events to the investment community
  • Advising the programme team on specific matters regarding operational delivery, including, for example, funding topics, programme metrics, requests for variations to funding contracts, approval of final reports
  • Attending funding committee meetings and providing leadership to chairs and members of programme advisory and funding committees to engage their support and participation in the programmes and working with the programme team to ensure that an appropriate balance of member experience and expertise is maintained
  • Embracing patient and public involvement as a core value throughout the programme, promoting wider patient and public engagement to enhance the chances of delivering patient benefit
  • Attending regular, mostly monthly, meetings with the programme team to facilitate your role as programme advisor
  • Supporting the development of NIHR and NHS England & NHS Improvement programmes and strategy, in areas of your expertise, through attendance and participation in the NIHR Strategy Board, meetings with other NIHR Programme Directors and meetings with NHS England & NHS Improvement
  • Championing equality, diversity and inclusion in all activities undertaken and challenging a lack of regard for this

You will be supported in your role by the programme funding committee chairs, deputy chairs and committee members (made up of public members, academics, clinicians and industry experts), and by the committed and experienced programme team at the LGC Grant Management Group in Twickenham.

 

Person Specification

 Essential

  • Commitment to the mission of the i4i and SBRI programmes
  • Extensive knowledge of the UK health innovation ecosystem, including the development of innovations in the NHS and of routes to market for technologies
  • Developed network of key opinion leaders in the UK health innovation landscape
  • Appreciation of current and evolving technology developments and commercial exploitation routes
  • Ability to respond to and implement national policies, in particular NIHR, Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England & NHS Improvement policies
  • Ability to enable and support decision-taking and provide advice at a strategic level, exercising judgment across a broad spectrum of complex innovation policy issues
  • Demonstrable track record of working in leadership roles within the medtech or life sciences industry, including start-ups and fund raising
  • Proven experience of chairing large committees

 Desirable

  • Demonstrable track record of working in leadership roles within the medtech or life sciences industry, including start-ups and fund raising
  • Knowledge of the NIHR and SBRI portfolios

 

Submitting an application

 For an informal discussion about the role or if you have any questions, please contact Dr Ruth Nebauer at ruth.nebauer@nihr.ac.uk.

 Formal applications in the form of a CV together with a supporting statement of suitability must be emailed to ruth.nebauer@nihr.ac.uk.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is Friday, 11 December 2020, by no later than 2:00pm. Interviews will most likely be held virtually, in early to mid-January 2021.