Research Development Officer (42448-0522) . Job Reference: 1884584

University of Warwick

United Kingdom

May 17, 2022


Vacancy Type/Job category

Management & Professional


Research & Impact Services


£42,149 - £50,296 per annum


University of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy Overview

Permanent position, 1.0 FTE.

This is an exciting opportunity for a successful candidate to join Research and Impact Services (R&IS), a collegiate, vibrant and dynamic department that provides a vital contribution in supporting Warwick's internationally leading research endeavours. R&IS is seeking a Research Development Officer, to provide pro-active support across research grants and contracts to world- class researchers within the Faculty of Science, Engineering & Medicine.

The role will provide expert support to research-active staff to develop competitive grant applications, deliver a proactive programme of research development support and to research contracts. This shall include for example delivery of funding workshops, one-to-one support to academics on the development of multi-disciplinary research proposals, identifying funding opportunities with advice and guidance to academics on potential routes for their research, negotiation of contractual terms and conditions, cost and price calculations, advice and guidance in regard to Intellectual Property, ethics and governance, and the internal approval of applications and awards.

The academic departments at Warwick have a highly collaborative approach to research. You should therefore have a proven ability to communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders, including key administrators in other departments, external funders and institutions, representing the University's interests at all times and to have a good track record in building productive relationships.

You will have a good honours degree, or equivalent and have previous experience of working in a research environment, preferably within Higher Education or a research funding agency, although experience of working in industrial/government research is also welcomed. You will be a highly motivated, committed team member who can demonstrate an ability to work flexibly and accurately under pressure, often to tight deadlines. Prior experience of working with academic departments will be highly advantageous.

For an informal discussion and further information about this post, please contact Dr Andrea Howard Research Support Manager at

Candidates are asked to note that, subject to the easing of national lock-down measures, R&IS returned to campus in September 2021. R&IS is presently trialling hybrid working and candidates should therefore expect to be located on campus a minimum of three set days a week.

Interview Date: TBC.

Job Description


You will provide dedicated research development support to research active staff in the University of Warwick, encompassing the development of research applications and contracts, costings, partner liaison and the negotiation of legal agreements relating to research grants and industrial contracts. You will provide comprehensive advice and guidance to individual academic staff, research teams and senior management at the University in developing and delivering their strategies and goals, particularly in relation to proposal preparation and submission for external funding of research.

You shall work closely with colleagues in academic departments and administration offices such as Research Finance, Warwick Ventures, and External Relations, ensuring an integrated support is offered to academics from across the life-cycle of a research project. You shall also work in close partnership with colleagues within Research & Impact Services, reporting directly to a Research Support Manager, and building strong and collaborative working relationships with the Research Development Managers, Research Support Officers, Impact Officers, colleagues within the Research Systems & Management Information Team, and the Head of Research Governance.


1. Be a point of contact for Academics, Research Development Managers, and departmental staff on the development and submission of research applications, grant awards and contracts, working in this regard to a named portfolio of academic departments;

2. Work closely with researchers, colleagues in academic and administrative departments (including R&IS) on the on the preparation and submission of research proposals to UK, EU, Industry Partners, and international funding agencies. Contribute where appropriate to proposal content to ensure it conforms to the evaluation criteria of the appropriate funding agency, e.g. scheme objectives, sound project management structures, and resources justification, and to ensure compliance with the eligibility requirements, terms and conditions, of external funders. To also ensure compliance with the University's financial regulations, governance procedures and systems relating to research;

3. Develop large, strategic research applications with academic departments, acting in this respect as an overall project manager, and ensuring that internal and external partners are working effectively towards funder requirements and deadline. Further, inputting advice and guidance as regards the drafting of the application;

4. Work in conjunction with the Research Support Manager and Research Development Managers, to manage the preparation process for large/collaborative research bids, working closely with senior academics and members of the University's administration to ensure institutional support for projects of strategic importance to the University;

5. Cost proposals, ensuring appropriate cost recovery and applications that are in compliance with the University's financial regulations, strategic pricing policies, strategy for cost recovery and also funder's terms and conditions. Ensuring the timely despatch of research proposals, to the exact format, submission deadline and that all other requirements of the funding body are adhered to, and that applications have been appropriately authorised in line with the University's financial regulations including grant and contract extensions and supplements;

6. Review, negotiate and make recommendations regarding legal agreements and contracts pertaining to research projects, working closely in this regard with the Research Support Manager, the academic department, and colleagues in Research & Impact Services and Warwick Ventures;

7. Develop internal (between researchers and departments within faculties, and between faculties) and external relationships and collaborations (with public, private and third sector funding bodies, research partners, users of research, other agencies and stakeholders);

8. Support academic colleagues on the development, and agreement, of key industrial relationships, as these pertain to research. Working in this regard as the administrative contact point to external partners, negotiating matters such as price, intellectual property terms and other issues pertinent to a new collaborative research relationship;

9. Be proactive and creative in sourcing and publicising funding opportunities to the University's research active staff;

10. Feed in to policy consultations and other University discussions of strategic importance to the future direction of research;

11. Support the work of internal committees, boards and groups associated with the development of research strategy, externally-funded research initiatives and application review procedures. To provide support to the University's HTA function working closely with the University's nominated Designated Individual.

12. Manage and ensure the smooth running of internal review procedures for specific funding calls;

13. Provide guidance and support on matters such as costing, pricing and proposal development, as required by the Research Support Officers in Research and Impact Services, assisting them in the provision of research support to Academic Departments;

14. Support the organisation of events and delivery of materials to promote the University's research strategy, expertise and facilities;

15. Develop materials for and deliver workshops for researchers and external stakeholders to develop the scope of research at Warwick, and the funding of that research;

16. Provide up-to-date management information and analysis on all aspects of externally-funded research income generation performance;

17. Contribute to the enhancement of services, systems, data capture, procedures and processes in support of the development, costing, submission and acceptance of externally-funded research initiatives and proposals.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1

An honours degree or equivalent, ideally in a relevant discipline. (a)

Essential Criteria 2

Significant previous experience of working in a research environment and with experience of contract negotiation and intellectual property management issues, preferably gained within Higher Education. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 3

Effective communication/presentation skills with ability to negotiate & influence clearly and concisely, as appropriate, at all levels, creating professional relationships with researchers, administrators & senior staff at Warwick and externally. (a, d)

Essential Criteria 4

Previous experience of opportunities, application procedures, terms and conditions of awards of major research funding agencies e.g. Research Councils, EU, charities, Government Departments. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 5

Project costing experience. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 6

Meticulous ability to organise and manage workloads, project development and implementation across a diverse client and project portfolio. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 7

Excellent numerical/financial skills and the ability to interpret financial and numerical information, to construct complex budgets, present detailed business plans. (a, b)

Essential Criteria 8

Ability to interpret and advise on complex guidelines, legal requirements, terms and conditions of awards and financial regulations. (a, b)

Essential Criteria 9

Developed IT skills and the ability to use a broad range of computerised systems & data sources to support improved communications, information & data dissemination, proposal tracking & project management relating to research funding activities. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 10

Highly motivated, committed, effective and supportive team member, able to work flexibly and creatively, and quickly and accurately when under pressure, working to tight deadlines. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 1

Postgraduate qualification, or equivalent, in a relevant field, area or discipline. (a)

Further Particulars

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Closing Date

17 May 2022

About the employer

The University of Warwick is a public research university on the outskirts of Coventry between the West Midlands and Warwickshire, England. The university was founded in 1965 as part of a government initiative to expand higher education. The Warwick Business...