Please note: York undertook its internal selection process for FLF Round 7 in August and early September 2022. This has now finished, and we are no longer accepting new Expressions of Interest. However, Round 8 is likely to open in early 2023, so Departments/Schools may wish to begin working with prospective applicants to think about future applications to the scheme.
If you feel FLF is the scheme for you, we expect Round 8 to open in early 2023, so you may wish to begin developing an idea of the programme of work you'd like to carry out in preparation for this. More details will follow when UKRI officially announces Round 8.
UKRI has recently announced that Round 7 of its Future Leaders Fellowship programme has opened.
Future Leaders Fellowships are aimed at early career researchers and innovators who are either:
There is no minimum or maximum award value. The project can last up to four years, with the option to apply to renew for a further three years.
These Fellowships are assessed against four criteria:
The University currently has three Future Leader Fellows:
Dr Fay Alberti - Department of History (Round 1)
Fay's project, About Face, traces the emotional and cultural histories of facial disfigurement, reconstruction and transplantation between the 1950s and the present. Building on Fay’s research on the history of cosmetic surgery (and advisory work for the Nuffield Council on Bioethics), and her work on heart transplantation and bodily identity, this project brings an interdisciplinary lens to the recent emergence of face transplants as a viable form of surgical innovation. About Face connects to Fay’s wider interests in identity, gender, technology and ‘looks', especially in the digital age, and the links between appearance matters, emotional health and wellbeing.
Dr Benjamin Lichman - Department of Biology (Round 1)
Benjamin's project investigates how a small tree, native to East Asia, could help in the creation of new medicines. The Daphniphyllum macropodum shrub produces an array of complex nitrogen-containing chemicals that are unlike any other known chemicals from plants, animals or microbes and have been shown to have anti-cancer and anti-HIV properties.
Dr Luke Mackinder - Department of Biology (Round 3)
Luke's project investigates how algae converts carbon dioxide into organic molecules during photosynthesis. The results of the research will be used to guide improvements in photosynthesis to help combat climate change and enhance crop yields. Luke and his team will explore how proteins (the building blocks of cells) are spatially organised in diverse algae and how these "protein-networks" change as the cells absorb or “fix” CO2 during photosynthesis.
UKRI's FLF website provides a number of guidance documents to help applicants prepare their application, including:
Your Department's Research Support Office: https://www.york.ac.uk/staff/research/research-administrators/
University Fellowship Coordinator: Annabel Jenkins (email@example.com)
Please note: the process below relates to Round 7. The process for Round 8 may be different - if it changes, this page will be updated by the end of 2022 and details will be circulated via YRAF and CDRCs.
In Round 7, There is an institutional limit of 4 applications from York. This means that the Fellowships Coordination Committee will be running an internal selection process, to identify which candidates they wish to put forward.
The nominated candidates are required to complete an application form (via Google Forms) for this University selection process. This form, along with an academic CV, will need to be submitted by midnight on 16th August 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org. The fields in this form are similar to the funder's outline proposal form, with the addition of two fields that are intended to assist the University's selection panel with their choices (a description of the candidate’s career trajectory, and how the proposal aligns with Departmental and University research strategy). To ease preparation of the application, the questions are listed below, for information.
Successful Departmental candidates complete the Expression of Interest (EoI) form and prepare a 4-page CV.
Candidates send the form and CV to the Chair of their Departmental Research Committee to complete the statement of support and sign the form off.
DRC Chair submits the completed forms and CVs to Taryn Bell (email@example.com) by 5pm, Monday 8 August 2022.
EoIs reviewed and decisions made by the Institutional Peer Review Panel (including the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), Associate Deans (Research), and additional disciplinary co-opted members as required).
Candidates will be notified of the outcome and receive feedback as soon as possible after the selection panel meeting as possiblehas made a decision, by end of w/c 29 August 2022.
Candidates who are successful at the University selection panel meeting will be invited to develop their application to submit to the funder (which includes both an outline, and full proposal), following Departmental and University submission processes.
Candidates who progress to this stage will also be eligible to apply to the University’s Fellowship Coordination Committee (FCC) who may be able to provide limited financial support for match funding for equipment costs. The Committee will only consider match-funding items that clearly improve the chances of the fellowship being funded and the Committee will not consider match-funding salary costs for this scheme.
Deadline for candidates nominated by Departments to submit their application to the University Selection Panel
16th August 2020 (midnight)
Review by Selection Panel
w/c 24th August 2020
Notification of candidates
w/c 31st August 2020
External UKRI mandatory outline proposal deadline
to be announced (potentially early October, based on Round 4 dates)
External UKRI full application deadline
to be announced (potentially early November, based on Round 4 dates)
What are the deadlines for Round 7?
As always, remember that York's internal deadlines are always at least a week earlier than the funder's deadline.
Do you have any examples of successful applications?
Benjamin and Luke have shared their applications with us, and if you are applying an application, you should be able to access these here:
Please note that the guidance has changed a little since these were written, and so there may be some changes to what you are required to submit. Please always check and work from the current guidance.
We are grateful to Benjamin and Luke for sharing their applications, and ask that you don't share these applications further without asking.
If you don't have access, but would like to view them, please either 'request access', or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does an applicant need to contact UKRI if they are requesting over £1.5m?
The scheme guidance for Round 7 states that, if the applicant is requesting over £1.5m, they must include a cover letter justifying these costs.
If you are seriously considering applying for an FLF, please contact your Department's Research Support Office, who can provide support and advice on the logistics of a Fellowship.
You can also contact the University Fellowship Coordinator, Taryn Bell (email@example.com).
The following information relates to funder and University processes and is intended to assist members of Research Support teams (rather than applicants).
For the Outline stage:
RGO notes on the FLF can be found here (version from March 2021):
If you have any queries, please get in touch with your RGO contact.