Innovations Funding Specialist


Location: Middlesbrough

Job Type: Full time


Innovation Funding Specialist


Location: Cambridge/Middlesbrough/Port Talbot/Sheffield

Contract: Permanent

Hours: Full time

Salary: Competitive rate

Description of role:

The Technology Innovation Management (TIM) team at TWI is looking to recruit an Innovation Funding Specialist to complement and strengthen the services it delivers to its clients within the TWI Innovation Network (TWIIN). TIM delivers collaborative proposal development services to its clients across the public funding bidding lifecycle within the UK and EU. TIM works with its clients to identify suitable funding calls for proposals across a wide range of thematic areas, develops consortia, by searching and engaging partners, and the scope and budget for proposed projects, and creates competitive bids/applications.

As many research funding opportunities call for multidisciplinary concepts to be developed in response to the scope and expected outcome of the programme/s, TIM wants to further strengthen its support to its clients by:

  • Assessing ideas presented by clients to TIM, to ensure relevance to the targeted funding programme and/or suggest alternative funding programmes
  • Helping transform initial ideas into strong project concepts that are well-aligned to the funding programme
  • Engaging with end-users and pilot partners to ensure project concepts are well-grounded for eventual exploitation

The Innovation Funding Specialist will, therefore, lead such activities whilst understanding research and innovation trends in the relevant sectors, as well as the UK and EU public funding landscape. The Innovation Funding Specialist will, essentiall,y support with the front-end concept development of eventual proposals that are then handed to the Innovation Project Leaders, who would proceed to develop competitive proposals once the concept has matured.


This is a hybrid position that will require some travel to Cambridge and other locations. Some occasional/in-frequent travel abroad may be required.

About us:

TWI Ltd is a world expert in engineering, materials and joining technologies with significant property assets. We provide industry with advice and know-how in design, fabrication, failure analysis and prevention.

We offer opportunities to collaborate with inspiring and expert teams and a supportive environment in which you are actively encouraged to share your ideas and continually develop your own skills and knowledge.

If you are looking to join an organisation that is fuelled by innovation, teamwork, and openness, this role could be for you.

Diversity statement:

TWI Ltd is committed to treating all employees fairly and to being an inclusive employer. Our aim is to create a work environment where our employees can reach their full potential. We put Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the heart of our people practices to attract, develop and retain the best talent.


We recognise that it’s the differences of our people that gives us our competitive edge and enables us to maintain our world leading reputation. This is why we are committed to ensuring there is diversity across every level of our organisation; representative of the Members and societies we serve. We have made Inclusion our number one corporate value to demonstrate our commitment to ensure it is at the core of everything we do at TWI.

Why work for TWI?

We offer a competitive salary, share-in-success bonus scheme, generous pension scheme (both employee contribution (flexible amount) and TWI contribution (up to 10% of salary), holiday (25 days + 8 bank holiday’s), private health and dental cover, career development and training, onsite employee restaurant, onsite gym, day nursery available for companies on Granta Park (Cambridge) site (subject to availability), onsite parking and more.

We know that balancing work and personal life can at times be challenging. This is why we continue to review and implement family friendly policies including hybrid working, flexible working, enhanced maternity pay and paid parental leave.

Closing Date: 06 February 2023

Reference number: 170/22

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TWI Culture

As one of the world’s leading independent research and technology organisations, we are committed to attracting, motivating and retaining the best talent from around the world. Our goal is to develop the next generation of experts to address future industry challenges.

We are committed to creating a culture that recognises and respects the differences between people while valuing the contribution everyone makes to TWI.

We recognise the diversity of our staff and students makes a positive and important contribution to our continuing success.

TWI offers a comprehensive training programme, incorporating both in-house and external courses to support staff development.

TWI Values:


Building effective working relationships, we accomplish more together

Innovation and Expertise

Championing new ideas and sharing knowledge with each other

Taking responsibility

Achieving our objectives and personal development

Customer focus

Building trusting relationships with our customers


Accepting and engaging positively with change


Valuing the contribution from every individual, creating value for our customers

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