Grants and Funding Officer

Centre / Institution:
Center for Genomic Regulation
Bioinformatics expertise:
Biomedical Informatics

Job description

The Institute

The Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) is an international biomedical research institute of excellence, based in Barcelona, Spain, with more than 400 scientists from 44 countries. The CRG is composed by an interdisciplinary, motivated and creative scientific team which is supported both by a flexible and efficient administration and by high-end and innovative technologies.

In April 2021, the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) received the renewal of the 'HR Excellence in Research' Award from the European Commission. This is a recognition of the Institute's commitment to developing an HR Strategy for Researchers, designed to bring the practices and procedures in line with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Charter and Code).

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The role
We are looking for an enthusiastic Grants and Funding Officer to join the team of the Grants Office.

Reporting to the Head of Grants Office, the Grants and Funding Officer proactively assists the CRG Group Leaders in securing competitive funds for research and managing their core and external funds, following internal policies and terms & conditions of the funding bodies.

The post holder will be reporting to the Head of the Department and be closely working with the other members of the team and the other relevant areas of administration (e.g. HR, Controlling, Accounting, Purchasing, Secretaries).

The main responsibilities include:

  • Identifying suitable external funding sources and opportunities for internal dissemination to the CRG community, while providing proactive and tailored advice in securing competitive funding for their R&D&I activities.
  • Providing professional guidance and support in preparing R&D&I proposals to competitive calls from relevant funders.
  • Coordinating the acceptance process, including the administrative, financial and legal internal review in liaison with the relevant departments and provide advice to ensure full compliance.
  • Monitoring budget and expenditure levels on the assigned projects.
  • Providing project holders with regular follow-up and advice in connection with expenditure control, budget deviations and budget forecasts as regards their internal and external funds.
  • Keeping funds and grants accounting records updated in the ERP.
  • Acting as a financial control point for approval of the staff costs and equipment purchase (or their adjustment) and monitoring time recording system for EC-funded projects.
  • Elaborating projects financial statements and providing any other information needed to ensure adherence to the applicable regulations as well as compliance during financial audits or preparation of budget-recovery claims, whilst supporting project´s holders for timely submission of scientific reports.

Occasional travelling is required locally and abroad.

About the department

The mission of the Grants Office is to proactively support the CRG community in securing competitive funds for research and institute-related activities, as well as to manage the principal investigators' core and external funding, with an individualized professional support throughout the project life cycle.

The services offered by the Grants Office are:

  • To act as a liaison between the CRG community on one side and the funding agencies or sponsors/donors on the other side
  • To identify and effectively disseminate the most suitable funding opportunities for the CRG community
  • To provide comprehensive support in the preparation and submission of proposals and in grant acceptance process
  • To fulfil administrative and reporting requirements of the funding agencies or sponsors/donors for active grants
  • To manage budgets and control competitive and external funds in compliance with the applicable regulations and CRG policies

Desired skills and expertise

Professional experience

                                                                                                     Must have

  • You have a minimum two-year experience in the area of the assigned responsibilities
  • You have proven experience in managing applications to the major competitive calls for fellowships or research projects of national and international funding bodies
  • You have proven experience in financial management and reporting of public and private competitive funding (e.g. Spanish and Catalan government, European Commission)

Desirable but not required

  • You have previous experience in a life-science environment

Education and training

  • You hold a University degree. A relevant management degree may be an advantage


  • You are fluent in English and Spanish
  • Good knowledge of Catalan would be a plus

Technical skills

  • You are an advanced user of MS Office (MS Word, Excel and Power Point)
  • You have experience using ERP/data management systems


  • You are proactive, multi-tasking and results-oriented
  • You have strong numerical skills, you are capable of performing high level analysis and convey key points to a variety of audiences
  • You are detail oriented
  • You have strong communication skills, both written and verbal and the ability to interact with a diverse audience. You are capable of organise workshops and project meetings
  • You have the ability to work under tight deadlines
  • You can work collaboratively as well as independently under standard and established procedures
  • You are able to build and maintain good relationships with internal and external colleagues at all levels

Contract duration and other benefits

  • Contract duration: 1-year full-time position.
  • Estimated annual gross salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and consistent with our pay scales.
  • Target start date: As soon as possible.

We provide a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructures, and unique professional career development opportunities. To check out our training and development portfolio, please visit our website in the training section.

We offer and promote a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.

The CRG is committed to reconcile a work and family life of its employees and are offering extended vacation period and the possibility to benefit from flexible working hours.

Required information and contact

Application Procedure
All applications must include:

  1. A motivation letter addressed to Gabriele Picarella.
  2. A complete CV including contact details.
  3. Contact details of two referees.

All applications must be addressed to Gabriele Picarella and be submitted online on the CRG Career site -

Selection Process

  • Pre-selection: The pre-selection process will be based on qualifications and expertise reflected on the candidates CVs. It will be merit-based.
  • Interview: Preselected candidates will be interviewed by the Hiring Manager of the position and a selection panel if required.
  • Offer Letter: once the successful candidate is identified, the Human Resources department will send a Job Offer, specifying the start day, salary, working conditions, among other important details.

Deadline: Please submit your application by January 15th, 2022.


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