Research Proposal Writer and R&D Project Management

About us

MODUS Research and Innovation Ltd is a not-for-profit organisation with the objective of providing services assisting universities, companies, and research institutes in securing European and National Research Funding, with particular focus on the Horizon Europe Framework Programme.

At MODUS, we lead our clients through the application process and assist them in the implementation of their research projects. Our services support the development of consortia and concepts to best match call topics and lead the drafting of highly competitive research proposals. Once funding is successfully secured, MODUS can also provide Project Management leadership, and ensure maximal impact of project results through Exploitation and Dissemination.

Our expert innovation managers have a proven track record of successful projects, improving the chances of attracting grant funding and generating high impact project results.

Purpose of the role

Modus Research and Innovation Ltd is looking to recruit a junior proposal writer and R&D project manager. The role is to work with the company’s extensive range of clients across Europe to provide expertise and support in developing high quality proposals mainly to the EU Horizon Europe research programme. As an R&D project manager you will also provide management, dissemination and exploitation support to coordinators and consortia of funded research projects to optimise the management and outcomes of the projects.

Job description

The successful applicant will support the design and development of collaborative research proposals according to the guidelines of funding bodies and based on scientific concepts, ideas and information provided by the research partners. Proposals developed should provide the reader with all the necessary details to make a positive decision about the selection of the proposed research for funding. Proposals may be in any area of science and technology.

The role requires the ability to communicate in a professional and credible manner at all levels of seniority, scientific and industrial profiles. Excellent research skills, a strong interest in science and technology and the ability rapidly comprehend new concepts and ideas together with the competence and confidence to write persuasively and articulately are essential. The main job duties involve researching, writing, and organising ideas in close collaboration with clients which are typically universities, research organisations, innovative SMEs and large industrial organisations.

The role may also include the professional management of active projects. Excellent communication and planning skills will be required to undertake the proactive management of risks and problem solving within the projects, together with an aptitude for crafting and implementing dissemination strategies and plans to widely promote the project and support the optimal use of its outputs. Additional activities may include contracting for services such as working with graphic designers.

The role is based at MODUS central office in Dundee, Scotland. Whilst hybrid working is an option, to facilitate integration and collaboration with the wider team the successful applicant will be expected to be present in the office at least 2 days a week (Tues/Thur).

Travel may also be required to facilitate face to face meetings with clients and consortia. The role will also include active involvement in business processes such as invoicing, finance, marketing, HR and IT.

Key responsibilities

  1. Working with EU partners to develop winning collaborative research proposals, supporting the development of consortia, concepts and approaches relevant to specific call topics.
  2. Leading and coordinating the drafting of research proposals, including preparing original content.
  3. Leading and coordinating the development of project budgets and resources.
  4. Ongoing review of funding opportunities and identification and dissemination of call topics relevant to MODUS clients.
  5. Providing professional project management support to funded research projects.
  6. Undertaking and leading dissemination and exploitation activities in funded research projects.

Person specification


  1. Qualifications
    1.1. Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a scientific or technical area.
    1.2. Applicants with a degree in journalism, communications, English or a related field will be considered only if accompanied by higher level qualifications in science or technology
  1. Skills, Abilities
    2.1. Outstanding scientific writing abilities.
    2.2. Strong verbal, written and graphic communication skills
    2.3. Effective interpersonal skills at all levels.
    2.4. Excellent ICT skills including MS Word and MS Excel.
  1. Personal Qualities/Attributes
    3.1. The ability to work on your own initiative as well as part of a team.
    3.2. A keen interest in general science and innovation.
    3.3. High levels of flexibility, adaptability, accountability, enthusiasm, and self-motivation.
    3.4. Approachable and articulate.
  1. Experience
    4.1. Previous experience in an academic or industrial research and development environment


  1. Qualifications
    5.1. Masters or PhD in a scientific or technical subject.
    5.2. MBA, finance, accounting, or other commercial qualification.
    5.3 Training in intellectual property.
  1. Skills, Abilities
    6.1. Able to rapidly assimilate and articulate new unfamiliar knowledge and concepts.
    6.2. Can create high-impact graphics to communicate scientific or technological concepts.
  1. Personal Qualities/Attributes
    7.1. Innate curiosity for general science and technology.
    7.2. Confidence and the credibility to lead and manage consortia of partners.
    7.3. Determination and drive to deliver highest possible quality.
  1. Experience
    8.1. Previous research proposal writing experience
    8.2. Previous experience in collaborative research projects

Location: Dundee
Salary: A starting salary in the range of £28,000 to £35,000 is available for this position, depending on experience.
Bonus scheme: The company operates a bonus scheme for this position which can further enhance earning capacity.
Other benefits: The company operates a generous pension scheme. Private health insurance is also available.

Additional Information

Applications should include an up-to-date CV and covering letter describing your motivation for applying and reasons why you think you are suitable for this post. Please send to


CLOSING DATE: Friday 14th June 2024