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Research and Grants Officer

  • StatusFull time
  • LocationMQ HQ, London, EC1Y
  • SalaryC£27K (dependent on experience)

In 2020, MQ is rolling out major growth plans and ramping up our activity to put mental health research on the map. Our activities are underpinned by an ambitious new strategy to bring the public and scientists together to fund more research, faster.

MQ’s core mission is to champion and fund world-class research to transform the lives of everyone affected by a mental health condition. Since our grant funding began in 2013 we have awarded just over £10 million to 41 projects across four funding programmes: our prestigious Fellows award to nurture the brightest and best early career researchers; our PsyImpact awards to support near-term improvements in talking therapies and digital interventions; our data science awards to build and leverage infrastructure for data science and mental health; and three large scale Brighter Futures awards, focused on mental health in young people. MQ funds internationally and has supported researchers in UK, US, Australia, Switzerland, Ireland, The Netherlands, Uganda, Kenya and beyond.

Our research activity is guided by a Research Committee of international mental health research experts who drive forward MQ’s goal to support research to understand, treat and prevent mental illnesses, focusing on research that reflects both research and beneficiary drivers, and delivers pathways to genuine impact.

Reflecting MQ’s bio-psycho-social approach to mental health, our funded research spans neuroscience, clinical research, data science, developmental science, social science, psychology, behavioral science and beyond. We invest across mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, OCD, PTSD, psychosis, and eating disorders.

MQ has earned a reputation as a high-quality research funder, and a rare example of a truly cross-disciplinary approach to mental health research.

We are now looking for a Research and Grants officer to support the research team as we grow.

What we’re looking for

The Research and Grants Officer supports the delivery of MQ’s strategic objective ‘to fund innovative, world-class mental health research’.

Working within a small team, this involves: administering MQ’s research grant awards, ensuring we meet the highest standards of charity grant funding; helping to design and deliver new funding programmes; incorporating meaningful public and patient engagement; and supporting strong relationships with the mental health research community and our funded researchers. The role also involves supporting MQ’s innovative research recruit platform, Participate.

This role would suit someone with experience of delivering grants/programmes/schemes, experience of scoping and developing new programmes/schemes and managing databases and utulising online platforms.

To apply for the role, please send a CV and covering letter, outlining how you meet the requirements of the job, to as soon as possible.

Download the job description and person specification.

Key responsibilities

  • Administer MQ’s research grant programmes, maintaining robust operational processes, including: scheme promotion; eligibility checks; peer review; working with selection panels; preparation of committee papers; preparation of feedback and communication with applicants.
  • Utilise and develop our online grants management system, including optimal postaward management and data interrogation.
  • Participate in research team business-planning, ensuring organisational objectives are met and identifying key human and other resource needs.
  • Maintaining good and collaborative relationships with MQ’s funded researchers, Research Committee, funding panels, key contacts in stakeholder organisations and the wider research community.
  • Ensure research activities comply with MQ’s relevant grant policies and processes

Key activities

  • Support the scoping, design and delivery of new research funding programmes, as developed and agreed with the Research Committee.
  • Monitor the budgets for the research portfolio, in line with internal management systems, including contributing to regular forecasting and monitoring of expenditure.
  • Support any evaluation mechanisms to monitor the success of our funded research, i.e. Researchfish, AMRC and Europe PMC submissions.
  • Share updates and research findings to ensure that MQ’s funded research supports MQ’s communications and fundraising work.
  • Receive and review grant progress reports actively following up any queries and monitoring for any breach of conditions of award. 
  • Receive claims, process and monitor spend on active grants, making bi-annual payments and reconcile any completed grants.
  • Produce high quality reports, including papers for Trustees, the Research Committee, and other internal and external audiences as required.
  • Help to coordinate MQ’s public/lived experience involvement activity
  • Be an advocate for public/lived experience involvement across all activity at MQ
  • Coordinate public/lived experience feedback and steering, including via surveys and advisory groups where appropriate
  • Produce materials for a variety of platforms (social media, newsletters/emails, blogs) that demonstrates the value of public engagement, helping to recruit and retain participants
  • Review and update the Research pages on the website.
  • Create quarterly newsletter and issuing to funded researchers.
  • Undertake all other ad hoc duties that can be reasonably expected of this post.

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