Session 1: welcome and introduction to the funding call


Oli Soutar (DMT Grants Manager) and Dr Sanjay Thakrar (DMT Head of Research Policy & Awards) provide an overview of the funding call and application process, followed by a Q&A session with attendees.

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Meet the speakers

Oli Soutar

Oli is a graduate of the University of Bristol where he received an MSc(i) in Biology. Having joined the Trust on the Charityworks training programme, he went on to complete his further training and development as a Grants Officer and was promoted to Grants Manager, managing a portfolio of research grant awards. He is also working on a number of strategic projects to help us to more widely communicate the impact of our work and develop closer relationships with our grant-holders.

Dr Sanjay Thakrar

Sanjay is the primary point of contact for organisations seeking funding for research from the Dunhill Medical Trust. He has over 10 years’ experience in the delivery and management of research funding, and previously worked at the Myrovlytis Trust, the British Heart Foundation and Marie Curie. From this he has gained extensive experience of grants management, including the monitoring and reporting of research outputs, outcomes and impact. He has also led on initiatives related to patient, carer and public involvement in research.

Before embarking on a career in grants management, Sanjay graduated from the University of Cambridge with a degree in Natural Sciences, then worked as a Research Assistant at the Medical Research Council’s National Institute for Medical Research, before completing a joint MSc/PhD programme at the University of Edinburgh.