Our vacancies

We are currently recruiting for the following role within our organisation.

Programme Manager - Research Funding (maternity cover)

Grade: Band 3
Location: London
Salary: £37,769 - £44,396 plus London allowances
Contract type: One year fixed term appointment (full-time)

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.

The post holder will be responsible 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 developing collaborative relationships with our grant holders, through regular meetings and correspondence, and assisting them in maximising the impact of their work.

The main elements of this role are outlined below: 

  • Maximise dissemination and uptake of 3Rs advances arising from research grants by building collaborative relationships with grant holders through visits and focused workshops and the NC3Rs Gateway.
  • Promote the funding schemes through institutional visits and presentations.
  • Support the application review process including presenting at applicant workshops, selecting referees, allocating applications to Panel members and compiling feedback to applicants.
  • Monitor the progress of awards and collate outcomes and impacts reported on visits and Researchfish to produce evaluation reports, scheme reviews and to monitor scheme performance.
  • Work with the NC3Rs Communications team to produce impact case studies, press releases, award announcements and other materials aimed at the scientific press, media and public.
  • 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.
  • Contribute to evolution of the NC3Rs research funding strategy, schemes and policies.

The Programme Manager will also contribute to other activities where appropriate and will be part of the Science and Technology group. The ability to work as part of a dynamic team is essential.


PhD in a biological science with at least three years' post-doctoral experience.

Additional information

There will be no formal staff management responsibilities. The successful candidate will be subject to security checks.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 29 November. Please visit the MRC vacancies website for further information, including how to apply.

Please ensure you include a copy of your CV and a covering letter explaining how you meet the criteria listed in the person specification.

Interviews will take place on Wednesday 5 December.


Choosing to come to work at the NC3Rs means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits including a generous occupational pension scheme and excellent holiday entitlement.