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Research Funding Officer (Steve Morgan Foundation Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge)

Job Introduction

There’s never been a more exciting time to join Diabetes UK where you can be a crucial part of helping us create a world where Diabetes can do no harm! 

We have secured an incredible and unprecedented £50 million investment from the Steve Morgan Foundation which will fund research at Diabetes UK for 5 years and pave the way to the development of new treatments and a cure for type 1 diabetes.

In our mission to transform the lives of people with Type 1 diabetes and to lead the race towards a cure, we have formed an exciting partnership with the Steve Morgan Foundation and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Ltd (JDRF).

The SMF Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge is a very different and exciting way of funding research. It will support collaborative research of greater scale, accelerating progress towards a cure for type 1 diabetes. 

As a Research Funding Officer, you will join a busy team with a strong reputation for rigorous grant funding processes, ensuring that gold standard governance processes for funding are implemented. This role will be critical to the delivery of the SMF Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge to warrant that the research which Diabetes UK funds has the best chance to work towards a cure for type 1 diabetes. To join our fantastic team please take a look at the information below and apply today!   

Interview Date: Thursday 28 July 2022 (face-to-face in London, E1 1FH)

Please note that all job offers are subject to you providing acceptable evidence of your eligibility to work in the UK.  You might find the following resources useful:

  • To view a full list of accepted documents and the checks employers are required to make click here
  • To view guidance on proving your right to work to an employer click here

 If you have any questions, please contact HRAdvice@diabetes.org.uk   

Role Responsibility

Working closely with the SMF Research Funding Manager, you will be responsible for the delivery of the funding process for the SMF Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge funding programme, ensuring the day to day administration of the research grants, as well as dealing with enquiries from potential applicants. The Research Officer will manage the awarded grants and provide any support to grant holders. You will also support the SMF Research Funding Manager to involve people affected with type 1 diabetes in the grant funding processes for the SMF Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge funding programme. You’ll work closely with other roles within the Research Directorate, including the SMF Research Funding Manager, the SMF Beta Cell Programme Lead and the Research Impact and Evaluation Lead, as well as collaborating closely with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

The Ideal Candidate

You’ll be enthusiastic about research and its potential to improve the lives of people affected by type 1 diabetes. You will have a BSc in biomedical sciences or life-sciences and will be looking to establish a career in research grants management. You will have an interest in scientific and clinical research and will be keen to learn about diabetes research. You will have some experience of working in a research funding environment, or within a busy administration role.  You will have excellent organisational and communication skills and the ability to work within a team, as well as being able to show autonomy in your work. You will be confident working in a high-pressure environment, managing multiple work streams within agreed timeframes, and have a great eye for detail.

Package Description

What we can offer you: 

  • Generous annual leave starting at 25 days plus bank holidays 
  • A Cash Healthcare Plan (giving you up to £1,500 towards a range of out of pocket health expenses like new glasses, dentist, chiropractor or osteopath appointments
  • Early finish Friday and flexible working as part of our approach to activity based working
  • Discounts on gym membership
  • Employee assistance programme to give you support on any issues that come up in life  
  • Annual season ticket loan* (on completion of your probation period and if contract is permanent or longer than 12 months)
  • Very active social scene including sport teams, gardening and other activities 
  • Generous pension provision, life assurance and income protection insurance
  • Cycle to work scheme* (eligible for scheme if contract is permanent or longer than 12 months)

*Some benefits aren't available until you've passed your probation period and are dependent on the length of contract.

About the Company

For nearly 5 million people with diabetes in the UK, there’s no day off. At Diabetes UK, we fight day in, day out for better care, treatment and support. We won’t stop until diabetes can do no harm.

With more people than ever living with diabetes and millions more at risk of developing type 2, our work has never been more needed. We make sure they get the care and support needed to live well with diabetes and avoid devastating complications.

We fund critical research, which has led to life-changing discoveries – like the first insulin pen and programmes to put type 2 diabetes into remission. Now, we want to do this for everyone and find a cure.

We can’t do any of this without you. Our staff are passionate and determined about helping everyone affected by diabetes. For over 85 years, they’ve been behind vital policy changes, as well as new treatments and technologies to make living with diabetes easier every day.

But there’s more to do. And you can be part of it.

We’re a really diverse bunch and we recognise and respect your value as an individual. As well as helping people with diabetes, you’ll be part of one of the top 30 Best UK Charities to Work For, and one of the top 75 Best Large Companies in London.

We’re committed to protecting and promoting the welfare of children and adults at risk, and we need our staff and volunteers to support this.

Our vision is a world where diabetes can do no harm. Join us today, and together, we can make that a reality.

To find out more about what we do, check out our website.


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