Research Funding Officer (Grants) (12 month FTC)

The closing date for applications is 12:00pm Monday 6 February 2023.

£26,600 (full-time/12 month FTC) + excellent benefits

The British Academy – the UK’s national body for the humanities and social sciences - is seeking a Research Funding Officer (Grants) to join our Research Funding team, providing key support in the delivery of the BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants, Neil Ker Memorial fund and the Stein-Arnold Exploration fund.

The role

The Research Funding Officer works closely with other members of the research funding team and is part of the core Grants Team (currently 2 people) within the directorate.  The Grants Team is a friendly, engaging team, part of the Academy’s Research Funding Team, and the Academy’s wider Research directorate, comprising of the International Team, Early Careers Researcher Network and Research Funding teams. We take great pride in supporting our colleagues across the Academy as we deliver specific activities within the portfolio of funding schemes - this role will have specific responsibility for the BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants, the Stein-Arnold Exploration Fund and the Neil Ker Memorial Fund. 

A core duty of the Research Funding Officer role is taking the lead in overseeing the day-to day operational management of the BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants to provide funding opportunities to key researchers within the humanities and social sciences remit. Working closely with another officer and one assistant there are key opportunities to establish positive relationships and make an early positive impact to the wider research community. You will also contribute to the development of process changes and collaborate with the Fellows of the British Academy in ensuring robust decision-making processes. This includes tracking and managing databases, to provide the team with up-to-date statistics and financial reporting data. 

You will be an effective communicator, able to collaborate with both external and internal stakeholders. A keen attention to detail and a proactive approach to problem solving, in terms of planning, prioritisation and demonstrating resilience when faced with adversity is essential.

About the Academy

The British Academy is the UK’s national body for the humanities and social sciences, established by Royal Charter in 1902. We mobilise these disciplines to understand the world and shape a brighter future. Today’s complex challenges can only be resolved by deepening our insight into people, culture, and societies. With a Fellowship of around 1,400 leading national and international academics, the Academy invests in researchers and projects across the UK and overseas; engages the public with fresh thinking and debates; and brings together scholars, government, business, and civil society to influence policy.

The Academy currently has five directorates: Communications & Marketing; Development; Policy; Research; and Resources, plus a small Governance & Fellowship Team. We have increased staffing in the last 12 months and expect to continue to grow this year.

Working at the Academy

Our senior management team have worked with staff to foster a culture of collaboration, respect, and empathy, in which all contributions are recognised as we work towards our common goals. Our people strategy and working practices focus on building strengths and sharing insights, with learning & development, wellbeing, and equality, diversity & inclusion at the centre of how we operate as an organisation. Investing in our staff and encouraging a healthy work/life balance is central to our success, as we move forward and continue to grow. Find out more about the British Academy, including our Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement.

Terms and conditions

The British Academy is based at 10-11, Carlton House Terrace, St James Park, London, SW1 – a Grade 1 listed building. We offer a competitive benefits package including a 35-hour working week, with hours and location worked flexibly under our hybrid-working policy; 34 days’ annual leave plus Bank Holidays; and an excellent occupational pension.

How to apply

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, in line with our commitment to create a diverse and inclusive working environment, promote equal opportunity, and address under-representation. We will make reasonable adjustments to support disabled job applicants and offer an interview to those meeting the minimum selection criteria.

To apply, and to see the full job description and our workplace values, please follow the link to access the Applied recruitment platform.

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Applications must be received no later than 1200 noon on 6 February 2023.

Please contact the HR team at [email protected] if you have any questions.

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