To manage a portfolio of research (a ‘scientific patch’) within one of MRC’s broader science areas. Including:
being the knowledge-holder of the scientific issues relating to the patch in question, spanning new research developments, research partnerships and policy-related issues
advising grant applicants and overseeing the peer review process for research funding
acting as the primary interface for stakeholders, both internally (across sections of the MRC office and UKRI partners) and externally (e.g. researchers in the academic and commercial sectors, funding agencies, policy makers)
assisting senior staff in the review of research fields and the development and implementation of scientific initiatives and policy
developing and managing funding schemes and innovative initiatives.
Main duties/key responsibilities:
to oversee the peer review of research funding applications, including discussing scientific proposals with applicants; selecting reviewers or providing quality control for outsourced selection; providing advice during triage and attending the Board/Panel meetings or interviews in order to answer specific queries; to minute the discussion, and to take any follow-up action appropriate
to act as the point of contact for the ongoing management of grants, which may include: monitoring the grant’s progress at critical stages to ensure it is meeting its objectives, considering requests for supplements or alterations to the grant and, if appropriate, recommending action to senior staff
to keep abreast with research and developments in the subject fields and to be a primary source of scientific information for Head Office in these areas
to visit Units, Centres and other holders of significant MRC funding in the patch
to prepare briefing documents relating to the scientific patch allocated to the job
to act as MRC representative, liaison or observer as appropriate (e.g. external scientific committees, working parties, Government departments, research charities, regulatory agencies, patient groups)
to assist senior staff with the preparation of briefing documents and other material on scientific matters for committees, and assist in advising on the line of replies to parliamentary questions and other external queries
to carry out any other duties that may be required of the post as delegated by line manager/senior staff.
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