This scheme is for early career researchers and innovators who are either:
- Looking to establish or transition to independence
- Developing their own original and ambitious plans within a commercial setting.
They are offering funding to support ambitious research or innovation programmes
What they’re looking for
Fellowships will be funded for four years in the first phase, with the option to apply to renew for a further three years later on.
- The scheme aims to:
- Develop, retain, attract and sustain research and innovation talent in the UK
- Foster new research and innovation career paths including those at the academic, business and interdisciplinary boundaries, and facilitate movement of people between sectors
- Provide sustained funding and resources for the best early career researchers and innovators
- Provide long-term, flexible funding to tackle difficult and novel challenges, and support adventurous, ambitious programmes.
- In your application, you must clearly demonstrate:
- How the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) award will support and enable your long-term career goals
- Broad knowledge of the area of interest and a compelling vision for the excellence and importance of your proposed research or innovation
- Your own original and ambitious plans or ideas
- That you can take a leading role in your area
- The suitability of the proposed environment or environments for your research or innovation and its impact.
- Total fund: £100,000,000.
- This scheme is for early career researchers and innovators who are transitioning to or establishing independence, or who may be developing their own original and ambitious plans within a commercial setting.
- You do not need to hold a PhD and there are no eligibility rules based on the number of years since your PhD. However, if you do not hold a PhD, you must be able to demonstrate equivalent research or innovation experience or training.
- There are no eligibility rules based on whether you currently hold a permanent or open-ended academic position or job role.
- To assess and justify your suitability, go to the ‘additional info’ section and read the person specification annex in either the:
- Guidance for academic-hosted applicants
- Guidance for non-academic-hosted applicants.
- UKRI cannot confirm eligibility prior to submission.
- The fellowship offers flexibility to support outstanding individuals:
- From diverse career backgrounds
- Returning from a career break or returning to research or innovation following time in other roles
- Wishing to work part-time or in job shares in order to combine the fellowship with personal responsibilities
- Coming to the UK from abroad. Researchers and innovators are eligible for a Global Talent visa under the ‘exceptional promise’ category for future research leaders. They must have the support of their host organisation.
- Applicants who have already achieved research or innovation independence (for example, by securing funding aimed at this career stage, or by already managing their own significant programme of work within a business) should not apply. Senior academics and innovators are not permitted to apply.
For more information, visit https://www.ukri.org/opportunity/future-leaders-fellowships-round-7/