Research Grants Manager

Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
£28,000 - £35,000 pro rata, flexible hours
03 Apr 2019
02 May 2019
Full Time
Contract Type

Job Title:                         Research Grants Manager

Location:                        National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital,  HP21 8AL

Salary:                            £28,000 to £35,000 pro-rata

Accountable to:              Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research Board of Trustees

Hours:                            Flexible

Post Duration:                Permanent


Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research (SMSR) is an independent charity committed to improving the quality of life for people living with spinal cord injury.  To date we have conducted our own high quality clinical research into the secondary complications of spinal cord injury, both here at Stoke Mandeville, and in collaboration with other centres throughout the UK and Europe.

Following a strategic review, the trustees have decided to become a solely grant funding charity, in order to operate more effectively, and focus on key areas of concern.   In the next 3-5 years SMSR will focus on the following areas, each of which affects the quality of life of people living with spinal cord injury:

  1. Complications of SCI: Urinary tract infection, pressure sores, and neuropathic pain.

  2. Assistive technology primarily for upper limb function.

The charity benefits from being located at the National Spinal Injuries Centre, the largest spinal centre in the UK, and the only one with a dedicated Paediatric ward. 


  • On appointment, implementing a framework to receive research grant applications, and monitor their progress and impact.
  • Assisting with the appointment of the Scientific Advisory Board and its activities
  • Ensuring all applications put forward for funding fall within our research priorities
  • Travelling and promoting SMSR’s research grants programme
  • Working closely with trustees and fundraisers to provide detailed project breakdowns and budgets

Administrative responsibilities:


  • Administer a range of open and competitive calls for funding
  • Ensure correct processing of applications received
  • Determine which applications are relevant to SMSR’s strategic research priorities
  • Facilitate and support the activities of SMSR’s Scientific Advisory Board, including the administration of key meetings, preparing committee papers, contacting peer reviewers, liaising with Trustees, and other activities that may arise

Post-Award Grant administration

  • Provide post-award support for all SMSR grant holders including:
  • The generation and distribution of award letters and contracts
  • Assist with the financial monitoring of research expenditure and process grant invoices
  • Ensure progress reports received from grantees
  • Support the fundraising team, for example by managing the process of restricted and unrestricted donations

Grants Management and Administration – general

  • Act as key point of contact for SMSR’s grants programmes by providing advice to prospective applicants and grant holders
  • Develop and maintain strong professional relationships with key stakeholders, particularly SMSR funded researchers
  • Represent SMSR externally at selected research meetings and conferences
  • Support the delivery of SMSR’s strategic research review
  • Work collaboratively with existing research project managers in the delivery of SMSR’s flagship research projects still ongoing

Person specification

  • Experience in one or more areas related to scientific research:  Applying for competitive external funding (commercial or not-for-profit); Reviewing competitive grant applications; awarding grants to successful applicants. 
  • An ability to appreciate the role of research in improving the quality of lives for people with spinal cord injury
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Good understanding of healthcare settings, research and relevant organizational structures. 
  • Good management, interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • The ability to formulate strategic plans and implement them successfully
  • Familiarity with processes for securing high quality programmes on time and within budget
  • Ability to manage and monitor complex budgets

For more information please contact:  Charlotte Minoprio.

Please send your covering letter and CV to:

Closing Date:  Friday 3rd May 2019

Estimated interview window: 13th – 25th May 2019

Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research | Reg charity no 1006574 |

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