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Vacancy details

Closing date: 18 January 2021
Location: Twickenham

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Research Manager – Applied Health

We are looking to employ an experienced and motivated person to manage a high profile NIHR funding portfolio of applied health infrastructure worth ~£150m. 

NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs) aim to improve outcomes for patients and the public; improve the quality, delivery and efficiency of health and care services; and increase the sustainability of the health and care system both locally and nationally. The ARCs undertake research on a number of areas of need highlighted by the NIHR Futures of Health report, including: the challenges of an ageing society; multimorbidity; and the increasing demands placed on our health and care system.

NIHR Patient Safety Translational Research Centres aim to advance the scientific understanding of patient safety, address safety challenges as healthcare evolves, and support the wider dissemination and implementation of patient safety improvements and interventions.

This post is based at LGC’s Grant Management Group (GMG), which manages three important components of the NIHR: the NIHR Central Commissioning Facility (CCF), the NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI) and the NIHR Centre for Engagement and Dissemination (CED).

LGC is an international life sciences company working with customers in the government, academic, pharmaceutical, agricultural biotechnology, food, environment, security and sports sectors to achieve excellence in investigative, diagnostic and measurement science. GMG is expert in managing research funding to maximise its impact, including managing in excess of £350 million of NIHR funding.

Job Purpose and Key Accountabilities:

Working with Senior Research Managers (SRMs) and the Programme Lead for Applied Health, the postholder will manage activities within the applied health patch. You will:

  • develop into the day-to-day contact for queries relating to your designated patch of NIHR funding schemes.
  • support the end-to-end processes that underpin the activities within a patch.
  • Delivering new and renewed funding schemes for NIHR: Working across internal and external teams to develop end-to-end processes to support funding calls e.g. developing guidance, FAQs, selection criteria, organise and support funding panels and overseeing the contracting process for funded applications.  Working with the NIHR Operations Team to support the timely development of forms and processes.
  • Performance management, monitoring and annual reporting: Communicating the annual requirements to award holders, responding to queries to support completion. Reviewing the completed reports to provide adequate assurance on research progress against goals, governance and management of the award.
  • Secretariat for directors’ fora and activities: Developing an annual programme of meetings to support the networking and collaboration of scheme Directors. This involves organising meeting agenda, developing content for papers e.g. data analysis, drafting reports, presentations and briefing documents.
  • Information requests: Working with SPMs and NIHR data team to understand the nature of the request, the level of urgency and workload required for delivery. Ability to re-prioritise and manage upwards.
  • Flexible support to team and community:  provide a high level of support across the team at peak work times; and support the applicants, award holders and DHSC with day-to-day queries.

The right candidate would have demonstrable experience within a research funding environment (public, charity or private), the NHS or university research management environment, or working within industry or health service delivery. You will bring knowledge of applied health or implementation science.

Line Management: The post does not have any line management responsibility.

Required Criteria:

  • A PhD degree (or equivalent in applied or health sciences research)
  • A minimum of 2 years experience of working in one of the following:
    • Major research funding/management environment
    • Research management within the NHS or HEIs or applied health area
  • Evidence of  management of research funding projects and programmes
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills, able to prioritise and manage multiple tasks, working to challenging targets and deadlines
  • Evidence of data analysis skills and proficient use of Excel
  • Evidence of writing reports and briefing documents
  • Team player with an ability to build effective working relationships

Desirable Criteria:

  • Current knowledge of the UK’s health and care research and policy landscape
  • Evidence of stakeholder management within and across multiple organisations
  • Bachelor's degree in an applied health subject.


This post is advertised at 1.0 FTE and LGC will look to accommodate suitable requests for flexible approaches to working hours. Part-time and/or job share opportunities may be considered.

To apply

Please apply via the LGC website including your CV and a covering letter (max 2 pages) which clearly demonstrates your experience against the required criteria. Any application submitted without an adequate covering letter will be rejected.


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