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NIHR PHR Programme Funding Committee Chair

The Chief Scientific Advisor for the Department of Health and Social Care wishes to contract with an institution for the part-time services (1 day per week) of a person to be appointed Chair of the funding committee for the NIHR Public Health Research programme (PHR). The PHR programme funds research to evaluate non-NHS interventions intended to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health. The scope is multi-disciplinary and broad, covering a wide range of interventions that improve public health.

The PHR programme was established in 2008. It is a key component of the NIHR, complementing other NIHR programmes and initiatives. The Chair of funding committee will ensure scientific quality and value for money of research funded by the programme. Accountable to the Programme Director, the Chair will be responsible for ensuring the quality of the PHR funding processes, taking recommendations for funding to the Department of Health & Social Care. Additionally, the Chair will be responsible, through the NIHR Evaluations, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC), for ensuring delivery of results from funded research.

Candidates should have an internationally recognised track record of producing high quality public health research and experience of chairing high level committees with responsibilities for awarding grants. Candidates will also be able to demonstrate high credibility amongst peers in the research community.

The contract will initially be three years duration, reviewed after two years with a view to possible extension for a further two years. If required, the Department of Health & Social Care will reimburse the successful applicant’s employing institution for their time commitment.


Application Process:

For informal discussions about the role prior to application please contact: Gemma House, Senior Research Manager, NETSCC, Beta House, Enterprise Road, Southampton SO16 7NS. Email:

You may also wish to discuss the role with the Programme Director, Professor Martin White: and current Funding Committee Chair, Professor Frank Kee:  

Please submit a full CV and supporting letter indicating how you meet the person specification and highlighting your suitability for the role by 12:00hrs on the 4 January 2019. Applications should be submitted by email to:

Applications will be assessed by a shortlisting panel against the essential criteria in early January 2019 and shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview in London on 22 February 2019.  The intention is that there will be an overlap period with the current post holder to allow a smooth hand-over. It is anticipated that this overlap period will start in April 2019 with the successful candidate invited to attend relevant meetings during this period, specifically the PHR Prioritisation Committee on the 1 May 2019 and the PHR Funding Committee on the 11 & 12 June 2019 as part of the handover process, with the new chair taking up the post formally on 1 July 2019.