The role of the Research Accounts Officer

Sylvia Bediako is the Research Accounts Officer at King’s College London. Here she explains about her job role and how she works with the MND Association.

The project process starts with our Pre Award Team receiving a request from the Principal Investigator (the main researcher involved in the research project), about their intention to apply for funds for a project from the MND Association. The Pre Award Team then prepare the budget costings and complete the application form, sending this off to the Association (before the deadline!).Read More »

Decisions, Decisions…

The day finally arrived on 11 April 2014 for our biannual Biomedical Research Advisory Panel (BRAP) Meeting. This important date in our research calendar is when grant funding decisions are discussed before being put forward to our Board of Trustees for approval.

But before we get to the meeting, there is a lot of preparation that is needed. As you are aware from previous blog posts, applications go through various stages of review, including summary review, invites for full applications and external review. Before the meeting itself there is yet another stage of review for the applications, which is known as internal review. This might seem a bit ‘admin-heavy’, but since we are only able to fund a quarter of such a wide variety of proposals, ranging from cell-based studies to clinical research, we need to be confident that we’re funding the ‘best of the best’. With so many new ideas, ‘separating the wheat from the chaff’ can be a difficult and time-consuming process!

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