View Vacancy -- Programme Manager - Research Funding - NC3Rs 78

Open Date
18/01/2016, 09:30
Close Date
04/02/2016, 23:55
The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) is an independent scientific organisation, tasked by Government with supporting the UK science base through the application of the 3Rs (the replacement of animal experiments with alternatives, reduction in the number of animals used, and refinement of procedures and animal husbandry to minimise suffering).

The NC3Rs funds high quality research which has the potential to reduce animal use and/or improve animal welfare, develops 3Rs information resources and guidelines, and organises symposia and workshops. It has a range of stakeholders including academic and industry scientists, research funders, regulators, government, veterinarians and animal care staff, the public and the media. See for more information.
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MRC - 3
£37,024 - £43,520 plus London allowances
London Allowances - £4,777 per annum
Full Time

Role of the Programme Manager

The Programme Manager - Research Funding will manage and develop the NC3Rs research funding schemes, which drive the creation of new research models, tools and approaches with reduced reliance on animal use. This role also involves monitoring the progress of funded research and working collaboratively with grant holders to maximise dissemination and uptake of 3Rs advances.

Key responsibilities

  • Manage the Project Grant and other related funding schemes, including advertising and promotion, assessing research outlines, managing demand, selection of referees, assigning designated panel members, organising and supporting the assessment panels, feedback to applicants, and announcement of successful awards.
  • Contribute to evolution of the NC3Rs research funding strategy, schemes and policies.
  • Horizon scan for new technologies and scientific developments with implications for the 3Rs.
  • Develop opportunities for working with other research funders on areas of mutual strategic importance, in order to increase investment in the 3Rs.
  • Act as the scientific point of contact for ongoing management of the research grants, undertaking visits to grant holders as necessary.
  • Monitor the progress of grants against the stated objectives and the reporting of outcomes and impacts in Researchfish.
  • Foster a collaborative and supportive relationship with NC3Rs grant holders, and work with them to maximise dissemination and uptake of 3Rs advances within the scientific community.
  • Plan and deliver a series of focused workshops with grant holders, to facilitate networking, collaboration, and to maximise the value of NC3Rs awards.
  • Perform ongoing analysis and evaluation of the research portfolio, and performance of the research funding schemes, utilising Researchfish and the NC3Rs Evaluation Framework as appropriate.
  • Write and produce evaluation reports, including the biennial Research Review, and grant summaries.
  • Work with the Communications team to produce impact case studies, press releases and other materials aimed at the scientific press, media and public.
  • Represent the NC3Rs in a variety of collaborations and networks, fostering links and partnerships with organisations with similar goals.
  • Support the work of the Research Management and Policy Group, as necessary to meet business needs.

Education, qualifications, training


  • A PhD in the biological sciences


  • Formal training in project management and/or events management

Previous work experience


  • Experience of managing research funding schemes – this is critical
  • Experience of interrogating databases and analysing and interpreting complex information
  • Ability to network effectively with a range of stakeholders and to think creatively developing novel solutions to specific challenges


  • Experience of organising scientific symposia and workshops
  • Line management or supervisory experience

Knowledge and experience


  • A good understanding of the use of animals in research and a commitment to the 3Rs
  • Ability to plan and deliver multiple projects, often with conflicting deadlines
  • Ability to network effectively with a range of stakeholders and to think creatively developing novel solutions to specific challenges


  • Experience of interrogating databases and analysing and summarising research outputs and impacts
  • Report writing

Personal skills, behaviours, qualities


  • Excellent communication skills – both written and verbal and ability to deal effectively with people at all levels
  • Excellent customer service skills and ability to set and maintain service standards
  • Excellent attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to adapt and modify procedures in response to changing work needs


  • Excellent problem solving skills



The closing date for applications is Thursday 4 February 2016. The interview for this vacancy will take place on Friday 12 February 2016.
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UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

We will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

This opportunity is closed to applications.