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Medical Sciences Divisional Office
University of Oxford
Level 3, John Radcliffe Hospital
Oxford OX3 9DU

Ruth McCaffrey

Head of Research Strategy & Funding Team (Maternity Cover)

Ruth is providing maternity leave cover (0.5 FTE) for Leila Whitworth.

I am responsible for strategic planning in relation to research funding, research facilitation, research policy and administration for the Medical Sciences Division, including:

  • Research strategy development, including research themes and research partnerships
  • Major external research funding bids
  • Internal research funding, including the John Fell FundWellcome Trust ISSFMedical Sciences Internal Fund and Medical and Life Sciences Translational Fund
  • Coordinating major bids to external funders including (a) large strategic bids, (b) calls that require a single institutional bid and (c) cross-divisional bids
  • Providing institutional letters of support for external bids
  • Coordinating major visits from funders
  • Preparing policy papers and responding to consultations relating to research from within and outside the University
  • Oversight of other research related areas, including innovation, knowledge exchange, impact, public and policy engagement, open access
  • Providing support for the Deputy Head (Research) and Deputy Head (Innovation)

I am secretary to the following committees:

I also represent the division as a member or officer on the following divisional and university committees:

While I am undertaking the above role at 0.5 FTE, I will continue my role as Research Strategy Coordinator in the Radcliffe Department of Medicine at 0.4 FTE.

I hold a PhD in Developmental Genetics from the University of Cambridge. I did my postdoctoral research in Seattle, USA, where my research focused on HIV vaccine development. Following a move to Ireland, I left research and worked as a Scientific Programme Officer in Science Foundation Ireland (the Irish equivalent of the Research Councils). I then moved to Oxford in 2006 and joined the University where I initially worked in the then Department of Clinical Pharmacology as a Senior Project Manager. Following this I worked for 6 years as a Research Facilitator managing the BHF Centre of Research Excellence, before joining the Radcliffe Department of Medicine in 2012.