Research and Grants Officer

Job info: 4-5 days per week with flexible working option

Location: based in London, EC1

Reporting to: Grants Manager

Contract status: 12 month fixed term contract, with possibility to extend

Salary: circa 27K depending on experience

This role will support the Research team to ensure that we effectively deliver our research aims and grant programmes. The Research and Grants Officer will administer MQ’s grant funding and peer review process, support awarded researchers, oversee post-award finances and support the evaluation and measurement of research progress and impact.

The primary goal of this post is to ensure that everyone involved in applying for funding or reviewing grant applications has the best possible experience, and that we build strong and supportive relationships with funded researchers, making MQ a best practice example of a medical research charity.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide day-to-day administration for MQ’s research portfolio and support the Research team in delivering MQ’s grant-making programmes to set timelines and standards.

  • Develop guidance for applicants, application forms and review forms, and upload these to MQ’s grants-management software to create a seamless process for applicants and reviewers.

  • Identify and communicate with expert reviewers to ensure peer review is delivered to best practice standards.

  • Organise funding committee meetings, including liaising with attendees, preparing and distributing panel packs, taking minutes and producing summaries where necessary. 

  • Manage the contracting and financial monitoring of awarded grants, and maintain accurate records of expenditure.

  • Track and assess monitoring reports for current grants, including gathering research outcomes and impact data in Researchfish, and support MQ-funded researchers with routine enquiries. 

  • Support the ongoing development of MQ’s grants-management software, making it an ongoing resource for future grant rounds, as well as for regular reporting and financial management of current grants.

  • Respond to enquiries about MQ’s grant programmes, research aims and calls for applications from researchers, the general public and colleagues within MQ.

  • Develop and implement new features into MQ’s grant-making process, for example AMRC’s Open Research platform, sharing reports with co-funders, and receiving updates from MQ research alumni.

  • Updating colleagues within MQ on the progress of grants, and updating them on recent research findings.

  • Working with MQ’s Communications and Fundraising teams to standardise general research FAQs, and develop research supporter lists and supporter journeys. 

  • Liaise with MQ-funded researchers and other mental health researchers that support MQ’s mission


To apply for this role please send your CV and covering letter via the link below by 12pm on the 31st of August.