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HRB Internship Programme
Training / Career Development
Opening Date:
22 August 2014
Closing Date:
19 September 2014
Details:

The HRB is establishing an Internship Programme, offering researchers at the early stages of their careers an opportunity to gain first-hand experience of working in a funding agency environment and of the wider context for research, by working alongside experienced professionals and a range of stakeholders.

The HRB Internship Programme is targeted at early-stage researchers working in health-related areas (defined as those with a degree in a health-related area who have recently secured or are soon to secure a higher degree (MSc, PhD) who are interested in pursuing a career in academic research, research coordination or research management, research administration, health policy and management, or in the private sector.

For those researchers who wish to pursue a career in academic research, research coordination or research management, the Internship Programme will provide a valuable opportunity to understand better the way that funding decisions are made, how calls are developed, the implementation of best practice peer review processes, the critical success factors in securing funding, the research governance and policy environment in which national and international research operates and factors involved in grant monitoring and evaluation.

Similarly, the Internship Programme will also benefit individuals who are thinking about making a transition from academia into public administration or the private sector as it will provide them with a broad range of knowledge and skills.

Support from an eligible Host Institution.

Applicants wishing to apply to the HRB Internship Programme must apply to the HRB with the support of a Host Institution. For the purposes of this Programme, an eligible Host Institution is defined as a University in the Republic of Ireland and/or RCSI. A Host Institution must demonstrate their support for an application to the Internship in the form of a signature from the VP for Research (see Appendix 2). For successful candidates, the costs associated with the Internship will be issued to the Host Institution as an award and all aspects of the Internship, including terms and conditions, will be managed by the Host Institution.

The duration of a HRB Internship will be for a minimum period of 12 months and for up to 24 months. 

Roles and Responsibilities of the Intern.

HRB Interns will work within the Research Strategy and Funding Directorate (RSF) and will report to a Programme Manager. Interns will work across a range of activities including but not limited to:

  • Assisting with the generation of call documents for research grant schemes.
  • Supporting the announcement of funding programmes.
  • Coordinating the online processing and management of grant applications through the HRB’s GEMS system.
  • Responding to requests for advice and guidance from the research community.
  • Participating in the delivery of peer review processes and panel meetings, and provision of feedback to applicants.
  • Contributing to all post award management activities including contracting, payments, progress reports and interim reviews.
  • Contributing to development and refinement of grant-related processes, systems and policies.
  • Data gathering, analysis and report writing.
  • Supporting knowledge transfer, outreach and promotional activities (including event organisation).
  • Liaising with other national and international agencies on joint funding arrangements and new initiatives.

 

In addition researchers will develop key skills in teamwork, use of ICT systems, general administration and project management, and enhance their understanding of national and European research governance and policy issues in areas such as IP, ethics, data management and research prioritisation. 

Eligibility Criteria for the Applicant (Intern).

Applicants wishing to apply to the HRB Internship Programme can only do so with the support of a Host Institution. For the purposes of this Programme, an eligible Host Institution is defined as a University in the Republic of Ireland and/or RCSI.  Prospective applicants are advised to contact a Host Institution for guidance. 

The HRB Internship Programme is targeted at early-stage researchers working in health-related areas (defined as those with a degree in a health-related area who have recently secured or are soon to secure a higher degree (MSc, PhD).

For those applicants with higher degrees, they should not be in receipt of their higher degree for more than 24 months at the time of application to the Internship Programme. Candidates who are currently working to attain a higher degree who have completed their research activities but have not yet graduated (and have therefore not received their MSc/PhD Certificate) may still apply to the Internship Programme as long as they can provide proof that they successfully conducted their viva examination.

Applicants must currently be funded through a competitive peer reviewed grant from the HRB or other funding agency, or have been in receipt of such funding within the previous 12 months. Potential applicants may either be working currently within a host institution or they may be at a natural break in their careers 

To apply to this current round of the Internship Programme, candidates must be available to take up the Internship at the HRB from November 2014.

Ideally, applicants will be familiar with the HRB and its funding schemes. Good communication and organisational skills are essential, as is attention to detail and the ability to work well in a team and under their own initiative. While applicants should have a keen interest in health research, it is important to note that they will be working in an office environment / grant management / administrative role.

Funding.

Allowable costs for an Internship Award, payable via the Host Institution, include salary, salary-related costs (PRSI and Employer Contribution) and an overhead contribution (25% in accordance with HRB policy for desk related research). Salary costs for a HRB Intern will be paid based on the candidate and the appropriate point on the IUA’s Researcher Salary Scale (Level 2).

Application Process.

To apply for a HRB Internship, please complete the signature form (Appendix 2 in the Call for Applications document which is available for download underneath), and submit it along with a curriculum vitae and cover letter, addressed to the HR Manager at the HRB.

The CV and cover letter should emphasise relevant qualification, skills, current employment status, career plans and interests. Applications should indicate an available start date. 

These documents should be submitted by email to area@hrb.ie no later than 3 pm on Friday 19 September 2014.

Applications will be shortlisted by the HRB and shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview in early October.

Queries.

If you have any queries regarding the Internship Programme please email: internship@hrb.ie

The HRB reserves the right to reject any application that does not meet the terms of this call. The decision of the Board in respect of any grant application is final and cannot be appealed or reviewed.

Checklist.
  1. Signature Form: Must be signed by VP of Research in Host Institution.
  2. Applicant CV.
  3. Cover Letter.
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