Programme Manager, Early Career Awards (Maternity cover) - NC3Rs

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Grade Band 3

Location London

Salary £39,216 - £45,843 plus London allowances

Contract type Fixed-term appointment, One year (full-time) 


Application of the 3Rs plays an essential role in achieving scientific excellence. The NC3Rs supports the development and uptake of new research tools and models with reduced reliance on the use of animals and/or improved animal welfare and its activities are divided between its role as a 3Rs research funder and programmes led by its own team of scientists. Further information can be found at  

We provide a range of funding mechanisms to support projects, infrastructure, and training and career development. The awards we make deliver 3Rs benefits, as well as advancing the scientific field across a breadth of subjects such as improving the understanding of human diseases, developing efficacious and safe medicines, and protecting the environment. We are the main funder of 3Rs research in the UK, with over £70 million committed through our funding schemes, since the Centre’s establishment in 2004. Further information on the awards we have made to-date can be found at   

Role of Programme Manager – Early Career Awards

The role of the Research Funding Programme Manager offers a unique opportunity to work with researchers at all career stages to stimulate change and inspire innovation to advance the 3Rs and the research base. 

In addition to having responsibility for the annual funding calls for the Project grant and Skills and Knowledge Transfer schemes, which aim to drive the creation of 3Rs approaches and technologies and to support the adoption of 3Rs tools, technologies and skills within routine research practice respectively, this role also involves identifying opportunities to maximise the 3Rs impact and outputs of the Centre’s portfolio of research grants.


Key responsibilities 

  • Maximise dissemination and uptake of 3Rs advances arising from the Centre’s early career awards by building collaborative relationships with award holders and students through visits, focused workshops and the NC3Rs gateway.
  • Promote the Centre’s funding schemes through institutional visits, webinars and presentations.
  • Support the funding schemes’ application process including providing guidance to potential applicants, referee selection, presenting at applicant workshops, allocating applications to Panel members and compiling applicant feedback.
  • Review the Centre’s portfolio of early career awards including monitoring the progress of awards and collating outcomes and impacts reported on Researchfish to produce evaluation reports, scheme reviews and to monitor scheme performance.
  • Work with award holders to ensure that the methodologies developed as part of their NC3Rs grants are published, in enough detail to facilitate adoption and have a clearly described 3Rs impact, on a freely accessible platform such as the NC3Rs gateway.
  • Work with the NC3Rs Communications team to produce impact case studies, news articles, award announcements and other materials aimed at both scientific and lay audiences.
  • Identify opportunities to work with other research funders on areas of mutual strategic importance to build capacity in the 3Rs.
  • Represent the NC3Rs in a variety of collaborations and networks.
  • Build and sustain relationships with key external stakeholders, including Panel members.
  • Contribute to the evolution of the NC3Rs research funding strategy, schemes and policies.


Additional Information 

  • The Programme Manager will also contribute to other activities where appropriate and will be part of the Funding Team within the Science and Technology group. 
  • The ability to work as part of a dynamic team is essential.
  • There will be no formal staff management responsibilities. 
  • The post is based primarily in London but travel to attend meetings in other UK and/or overseas locations is required.
  • The post holder will need to work early and/or late when required – especially around key meetings and events.

Please see full job spec and person specification via the apply button.

Our success is dependent upon our ability to embrace diversity and draw on the skills, understanding and experience of all our team members. We welcome applications from all sections of the community irrespective of gender, race, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, disability or age. As "Disability Confident" employers, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy. 

The closing date for applications is Sunday 28 February 2021.

Please ensure you include a copy of your CV and a covering letter. Your cover letter should outline and explain how you meet the criteria listed in the person specification for this position.  

Interviews are due to take in March 2021.

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