The Academy’s core mission is to promote advances in medical science and ensure these are converted into healthcare benefits for society. We enjoy a prominent and influential national profile, enhanced by a move to a prestigious headquarters building, and significant impacts on UK health and science policy.
The Academy’s 1200 Fellows have been elected on the basis of sustained, outstanding contributions to a range of scientific fields, and are drawn from universities, hospitals, general practice, industry and the public service. Our Fellows are central to all we do. It is their talent and expertise that ensures we can bring authoritative opinion and practical guidance to complex issues in medical science and healthcare.
Established in 1998 as an expert body to deal with issues at the interface of medical science and healthcare, the Academy is part of the national academies group, alongside the Royal Society, British Academy, and the Royal Academy of Engineering. We are governed by a Council of 26 Fellows, including six Honorary Officers who provide strategic advice and oversight. Professor Sir Robert Lechler FMedSci is the current President.
The Fellowship is currently supported by a team of 43 staff. Our current Five Year Strategic Plan, published in April 2017, sets out our mission, vision and key objectives as well as 5 challenges we will address over the next 5 years.
The Academy seeks to play a pivotal role in determining the future of UK medical science and the benefits that society will enjoy in years to come.
Four key strategic objectives underpin this aim:
From its foundation, the Academy has put young medical researchers at the centre of our work, partnering with organisations to design and deliver a number of grants programmes to support and develop the next generation of medical researchers.
Our UK grants portfolio includes:
• Springboard, starter grants for biomedical and medical humanities/social sciences researchers transitioning to independence
Funded by Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Diabetes UK and British Heart Foundation.
• Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers
Funded by Wellcome Trust, MRC, Arthritis Research UK, British Heart Foundation, Diabetes UK and The Royal College of Physicians.
• The Clinician Scientist Fellowship scheme
Funded by The Health Foundation
• Supporting the Scottish Senior Lectureship scheme
Funded by the Board for Academic Medicine (Scotland).
The Academy is also building its international presence, including developing our global science and policy portfolio. These programmes contribute to the delivery of our strategic challenge: to achieve influence and impact beyond the UK to improve health and well-being.
Our international grants portfolio includes:
• Daniel Turnberg UK/Middle East travel fellowship scheme, which provides travel fellowships for aspiring medical researchers from the UK and middle east to undertake short-term research visits.
Funded by the Daniel Turnberg Memorial Fund
• Newton International Fellowships, to support early career international researchers from partner countries.
Funded by the Government Newton Fund.
• Newton Advanced Fellowships, to support early to mid-career international researchers from partner countries.
Funded by the Government Newton Fund.
• Global Challenges Research Fund Networking Grants, which support collaborations between developing countries and the UK and to hold networking events aimed at addressing global challenges.
Funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).
• Hamied Foundation UK-India Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Visiting Professorship Scheme. This scheme will support the travel and subsistence costs of UK researchers wishing to visit India to develop long-term collaborations in this highly-important and topical field of biomedical research.
Funded by the Yusuf and Farida Hamied Foundation
The Academy is also currently working with partners to develop new UK and international schemes.
The grants programmes complement other activities within the Biomedical Grants and Careers Policy department at the Academy, including the Mentoring and Career Development schemes for early career researchers, the INSPIRE scheme to support medical students to pursue an academic career and the SUSTAIN programme to work with women researchers to enable them to thrive in their independent research careers.
The Academy continues to influence national policy on academic training and career structures for both basic and clinical scientists. The Academy’s policy work can take many forms: reports, position papers, correspondence, representation on Government and external panels, evidence to Parliamentary committees, seminars and workshops. All policy statements are endorsed by the Academy’s Council. Our careers policy work informs our activities and ensures that our schemes remain fit for purpose.
Salary: £36,146 - £39,423
Role Duration: Full time, Permanent
As a key member of the Academy’s close-knit careers team, the grant manager will lead on delivery of a sub-set of our UK and international grants portfolio to support our key strategic objectives ‘promoting excellence and developing talented researchers. Working in a small team gives you the opportunity to develop line management skills, set and manage your budgets and be directly involved in securing funding for our schemes. You will keep abreast of developments in UK medical research funding policies and the wider career policy context to ensure that the Academy's grants schemes remain innovative, attractive and fit for purpose. You will also work with our international policy team to help develop and deliver any international grant programmes within your portfolio. Working closely across Academy teams, you will work to ensure the delivery of a coherent portfolio of support activities for UK and international researchers including the organisation of events for our award holders. The Academy is an outward-facing organisation and as grant manager at the Academy you will have many opportunities to engage with a range of stakeholders including Fellows and senior academics, HEI staff, our funding partners, professional organisations and researchers.
• To manage a subset of our portfolio of UK and / or international grant programmes, maintaining and developing robust operational processes including the continued development and implementation of our online grant management system. You will ensure that the high standards and prestige of the Academy are maintained in all grants processes and contractual requirements are met.
• To line manage the Grants Officer(s) and oversee their development. The Grants Manager will support the Grants Officers to administer the portfolio of grants programmes including the promotion of schemes, eligibility check of applications, organisation of the peer review of eligible applications; convening and working with selection panels, including preparation of committee papers, reports and financial information; awarding of the grants and their continued management - including monitoring grant progress through Researchfish or other reporting mechanisms; preparation of feedback to unsuccessful applications and the prompt response to queries from potential applicants, awardees and unsuccessful applicants.
• To develop and oversee meetings and celebrations for award holders including regular inductions, training workshops and scientific meetings.
• To develop and maintain the budgets for the portfolio of grant programmes, in line with internal management systems, including regular forecasting and monitoring of expenditure. The Grants Manager will work closely with the finance department.
• To research national and international developments in grant-making and explore how the Academy’s schemes align with other emerging initiatives and ensure the Academy implements best practice and brief senior management on findings.
• To establish contacts and liaise with a range of stakeholders, including Higher Education Institutions, funding agencies, delivery partners, other professional bodies and young researchers, in order to ensure the programmes are responsive to continued developments in training and career pathways.
• To produce high quality reports, both internally and for our external funding partners including papers for Council, Officers and other Academy meetings as required.
• To draft funding proposals, in liaison with the Head of Grants and Programmes, for existing and potential new schemes and develop and implement new grants schemes and all associated processes and documentation, as required.
• To develop and implement evaluation mechanisms to monitor the success of our grants programmes including management of our Researchfish monitoring platform and external contractors.
• To liaise with the Academy’s Communications and Policy teams to ensure the grant programmes relate to the Academy’s wider strategy and to raise the profile of our schemes.
• To produce and refresh guidance and support materials for the programmes, including printed publications and reports, e-mails and content for the Academy’s website.
• To undertake all other ad hoc duties that can be reasonably expected of this post.
Head of Grants, Head of Programmes, Director of Biomedical Grants and Policy, Grants Officer, Biomedical Grants and Careers Policy Team, Head of International Policy, International Policy Manager, Executive Director, Director of Finance & Resources and Finance team, Director of Communications and Communications team, Honorary Officers, Council members, Fellows and Advisory Committee members
29 days per annum, including Christmas closure dates, plus bank holidays
The Academy contributes 7.5% of gross salary to a Legal & General scheme, with an employee contribution of 3%.
3 x annual gross salary
Free hot lunch available to staff on site Monday – Thursday
Season ticket travel loan interest free
Available to all staff after completion of probationary period
Family friendly benefits
A range of enhanced benefits
The deadline for all applications is Midnight 7 April 2019.
Interviews will be on 18 April 2019.