For Applicants

This cross-UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) scheme will support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential in universities, UK registered businesses, and other research and user environments including research councils' institutes and laboratories.

The FLF scheme welcomes applications from both UK and international applicants and individuals should use the person specification (PDF, 52KB) to assess their suitability for the scheme. The support of the institution will be a critical component of all fellowships which will enable the fellow to transition to or establish their research/innovation independence in any area supported by UKRI.

These Fellowships support applicants from diverse career paths, including those returning from a career break or following time in other roles. We also encourage applications from those wishing to work part-time in order to combine the fellowship with personal responsibilities. Review panels will take into account time spent outside an active research or innovation environment, whether through career breaks, flexible working or as a consequence of working in other roles. 

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.

Applying to Round 4

There will be six calls for these fellowships between 2018 and 2021, 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.

Outline Proposals are mandatory for each applicant intending to submit to the fourth 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 deadline for receiving these for Round 4 is 16:00 on 8 October 2019.

If you did not submit an Outline Proposal for Round 4 before this deadline, then you will not be able to submit a full application for this round.

Full applications for Round 4 must be submitted via Je-S by 16:00 on 7 November 2019. Full details are available in the ‘Overview of the scheme’ and the ‘Guidance for applicants’ documents below.

Planned timing / deadline

Round 1 (~50 fellowships)

Round 2 (~100 fellowships)

Round 3 (~100 fellowships)

Round 4 (~100 fellowships)

Je-S opens for mandatory outline proposals

N/A

1 September 2018

2 April 2019

2 September 2019

JeS opens for full applications

3 April 2018

w/c 17 Sept 2018

16 April 2019

12 September 2019

Mandatory outline proposal closes on JeS

7 June 2018

10 October 2018

2 May 2019

8 October 2019

JeS full application deadline

3 July 2018

31 October 2018

30 May 2019

7 November 2019

Latest possible PI response invite

(Please note: 5 working days to respond)

N/A

28 March 2019

25 October 2019

24 April 2020

Shortlisting meetings

w/c 26 November 2018

w/c 13 May 2019

w/c 25 November 2019

w/c 1 Jun 2020

Interview Panels

w/c 21 January 2019

w/c 17 June 2019

w/c 27 January 2020

w/c 13 July 2020

Decisions communicated

w/c 11 February 2019

w/c 15 July 2019

w/c 17 February 2020*

w/c 10 August 2020

Mandatory latest start date for all awards

1 May 2019

1 February 2020

1 November 2020

1 February 2021

*date amended from w/c 11 February 2020

Expected closing dates for future rounds:                 

  • Round 5: Jun 2020 (tbc)
  • Round 6: Jan 2021 (tbc)

Call documents

Updates for Round 3:

  • Updated Overview of the Scheme – Minor changes and clarifications with changes highlighted in a table at the start of the document.
  • Updated Guidance for Applicants – Minor changes and clarifications with changes highlighted in a table at the start of the document.
  • Updated Frequently Asked Questions – Minor changes which are marked with an *.
  • Updated Academic Salary Template – Information in guidance for those considering 0.6/0.7 part time working when using the calculator.
  • New: Person Specification – Separate document to assist applicants. (This is also contained in the Overview of the Scheme).
  • New: Job Share FAQs – Separate document to assist applicants.
  • New: SoECAT form – Replaces the NHS Costs Template

Call Documentation:

Templates:

Assessment Information:

Further information

Queries not addressed by the guidance documents can be sent to fellows@ukri.org. The team can also be reached on (01793) 416409. However, UKRI cannot confirm eligibility prior to application, applicants must demonstrate how they meet the person specification as part of their submitted proposal.