Key aspects of the role
- chair all BMBR panel meetings (currently two per year), ensuring all funding decisions are objective, fair and robust, and that all members’ views are taken into account
- ensure both effective delivery of MRC and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) strategy across the panel remit, and that funding decisions reflect strategic priorities
- contribute to the ongoing development of MRC’s methodology strategy and providing advice relevant to methodology research into broader MRC, NIHR and UKRI strategy as required
- oversee key aspects of post award monitoring (noting BMBR awards do not include formal post-award milestones or gateways as standard).
The BMBR panel meets twice each year, with two-day meetings taking place in May and November. Typically, around 30 to 35 full proposals are considered at the triage stage with 20 to 25 going forward to full discussion at each meeting.
Please note: the broad remit of the programme and technical components within the applications can result in these applications taking longer to review than other types of research grant.
Chairs will also be involved in strategic decision making for both BMBR and the wider MRC and NIHR remit. It is essential that individuals commit the necessary time and attention to the role and have the full support of their employer and organisation in doing so.
Conflicts of interest
The panel chair should avoid situations in which their other duties and interests conflict with panel business or where a conflict is perceived. This is due to the high standards of integrity expected by the public and parliament, and the panel chair role.
Panel chairs must not:
- misuse information gained in the course of their work for MRC and NIHR for personal gain or for political purpose
- use the opportunity of public service to promote their private interests, or those of connected organisations, persons, or firms.
Although previous experience with MRC or another major funder is required, a panel chair cannot be a member of another review panel for a major funder simultaneously. For example, Wellcome Trust and Cancer Research UK.
Panel chairs will receive an annual honoraria. Travel and subsistence expenses (including family care costs) will be reimbursed.