Future Leaders Fellowships

The UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) will grow the strong supply of talented individuals needed to ensure that UK research and innovation continues to be world class.

For the first time ever, this type of scheme will now be open to businesses as well as universities. The scheme aims to help the next generation of researchers, tech entrepreneurs, business leaders and innovators get the support they need to develop their careers. The scheme is open to the best researchers and innovators from around the world, ensuring the UK continues to attract the most exceptional talent wherever they may come from.

The objectives of the scheme are:

  • to develop, retain, attract and sustain research and innovation talent in the UK
  • to foster new research and innovation career paths including those at the academic/business and interdisciplinary boundaries, and facilitate movement of people between sectors
  • to provide sustained funding and resources for the best early career researchers and innovators
  • to provide long-term, flexible funding to tackle difficult and novel challenges, and support adventurous, ambitious programmes.

This cross-UK Research and Innovation scheme will support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential based in UK universities, UK registered businesses, and other research and user organisations.

The support of the organisation will be a critical component of all fellowships which will enable the fellow to transition to or establish their research and/or innovation independence.

The investment will provide four years (full time equivalent) of funding for early-career researchers and innovators, including support for part-time awards and career-breaks, providing flexibility to researchers to tackle ambitious and challenging research questions. The funding may be extended for a further three years at the four-year point but we regnonise that not all fellows will want to do this.

How to Apply

There will be six calls for these fellowships; two calls per year between 2018 and 2020, typically awarding at least 100 fellowships.

This is a single scheme across the entire UKRI remit, with no ringfenced budgets for specific areas and no barriers to interdisciplinary or cross-sector research.

Round Three

Outline Proposals are mandatory for each applicant intending to submit to the third round of this scheme. Applicants must seek and agree support from the proposed UK host organisation (where you’ll be primarily based) before the Outline Proposal is submitted. The call for Outline proposals for Round 3 will open on 2 April 2019. 

  • Outline Proposals for applicants to be based at academic host organisations or business host organisations who are Je-S registered should be submitted via the Joint Electronic Submission system (Je-S) (available from 2 April 2019).
  • Outline Proposals for applicants to be based at business host organisations who are not currently Je-S registered should be submitted via an online form (available from 2 April 2019).