RESEARCH POLICY MANAGER
(Please note, this role is known internally as FUNDING POLICY AND GOVERNANCE MANAGER)
Location: Stratford, London office-based (with opportunities to work 1-2 days from home, other flexible-working requests can also be considered if they meet the business need) - home-based working during the pandemic period
Contract type: Permanent, full-time (part-time hours considered; 3-4 days minimum per week)
Salary: £34,000 - £38,000 per annum dependent on experience
Application method: Please provide a cover letter and CV
Closing date: Sunday 31st January 2021, 23:55pm - please note, we will be shortlisting applications on an on-going basis so we encourage applicants not to wait until the closing date to submit an application where possible
Are you a sharp-minded individual with knowledge or experience of research funding or funding policy implementation that can help us beat cancer?
Cancer Research UK is the world's leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research. CRUK's goal is to raise survival to 3 in 4 by 2034. Our Research Operations department is pivotal to ensuring we continue to fund and support a wealth of innovative, world-class scientists and cancer research that will make this a reality. CRUK has an important role in promoting a positive research environment which fosters world-class science and innovation. You will be part of a proactive team, coordinating research funding policy issues and solutions, engaging with our research community, learning lessons and implementing best practice, liaising with teams across Cancer Research UK and other funders/sector bodies to influence policy positions and bring about positive change
The key responsibilities you can expect to have are…
Working across CRUK's Research & Innovation directorate and with our research community, drive the development of new or amended policy positions in areas such as research culture, equality, diversity and inclusion in research, open access and research assessment;
Providing research policy and governance expertise and advice throughout the funding process by:
o Working with other team members to develop, implement and monitor CRUK's funding policies and governance structures;
o Engaging with other funding bodies and regulatory bodies to ensure that CRUK applies, and contributes to the development of, best practice research policies; and
o Monitoring grantees' post-award compliance with grant conditions, including working with the Research Evaluation team and research institutions to monitor open access compliance.
Providing expert advice in relation to research policy and grant conditions queries, developing and maintaining strong relationships across teams;
Development of new or amended policy positions in emerging areas e.g. research culture, equality, diversity and inclusion in research, open access and research assessment;
Keeping abreast of developments in the sector and communicate new developments as appropriate
Responding to research policy and governance queries from a range of external stakeholders, including researchers, applicants, and university administration staff, to support the application submission procedure;
Providing relevant insights to the Senior Policy & Governance Manager and Senior Research Grants Managers to inform operational processes;
Driving the development of policy and governance improvements across overall funding process, ensuring consistency across the portfolio and suggesting solutions for any identified risks.
Some of the experience we are looking for includes…
Experience working for a funding body or a recipient of grant funding with a focus on scientific research
Influencing and negotiation skills to bring about change within an organisation
Operational and organisational skills, ideally within a grant funding environment, with experience of developing and delivering project plans.
Experience of drafting and implementing processes and policies
Understands and supports the principles of CRUK's research objectives.
For a full role description, and more about Cancer Research UK, please see our candidate pack here:
Closing date: 31st January 2021, 23:55pm - please note, we will be shortlisting applications on an on-going basis so we encourage applicants not to wait until the closing date to submit an application where possible