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titleAim of the scheme

"Future Leaders Fellowships will grow the strong supply of talented individuals needed to ensure a vibrant environment for research and innovation in the UK. The scheme is open to researchers and innovators from across business, universities, and other organisations. We welcome applicants from around the world.

Investment of up to £1.5 million over four years, with the ability to extend to up to seven years, will enable the next generation to benefit from outstanding support to develop their careers, and to work on difficult and novel challenges.

We want to fund the best fellows no matter what their background. The Future Leaders Fellowships scheme has been developed with unprecedented levels of flexibility to support applicants from a wide range of experiences, disciplines and sectors."

UKRI - https://www.ukri.org/funding/funding-opportunities/future-leaders-fellowships/

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borderColor#cdd500Round 7 internal selection process now complete

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.


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https://www.ukri.org/funding/funding-opportunities/future-leaders-fellowships/how-to-apply/

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The University will likely make announcements on the schedule for Round 6 in late summer/early Autumn 2020 

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borderColor#cdd500Introduction to UKRI FLF

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:

  • looking to establish or transition to independence
  • developing their own original and ambitious plans within a commercial setting.

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:

  • Research and innovation excellence
  • Applicant and their development
  • Impact and strategic relevance
  • Research and innovation environment and costs


  • There are 6 rounds of the FLF, with deadlines twice a year
  • The 6th and final round will have deadlines in Autumn 2020
  • The University is limited in the number of proposals that it can submit – there is therefore an internal University demand management process on proposals
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    Funder Guidance

    UKRI's FLF website provides a number of guidance documents to help applicants prepare their application, including:


    The University will likely make announcements on the schedule for Round 6 in late summer/early Autumn 2020.

    For information, the communication about the process and timescales of the previous round (Round 5) are included below.

    The Scheme: This is the fifth round of the Future Leaders Fellowships Scheme

    N.B. Due to the recent establishment of the Fellowship Coordination Committee and the availability of University funds to support these applications, there is an additional, short form to fill out (attachment and details below). 

    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. This cross-UK Research and Innovation scheme will support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential in universities, UK registered businesses, and other research environments. The support offered will be long-term and flexible, providing a comprehensive package, including the Fellow's salary and justified research, staff and training costs. Seven years of support is available, employing a four year + three year model, with an external review in year four. This is the fifth of six calls for these Fellowships; two calls per year between 2018/19 and 2020/21 (UKRI financial years). 100 Fellowships will be awarded in this round and full details of the UKRI FLF are available here.

    The University of York process (see key dates below):
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    Applying for UKRI FLF

    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.

    1. Departments/Schools who wish to support a Fellow should undertake a selection process in order to nominate a maximum of two candidates to progress to the University-level selection assessment.

      • If an application is being put forward as a job share, two candidates can be put forward for one application.

      • Both internal and external candidates are eligible to apply

    for these prestigious Fellowships
  • Nominated Departmental candidates will be required to complete this Google Form ahead of University level internal assessment. This Google Form mirrors the current UKRI EoI and will facilitate smooth information transfer from the candidate to UKRI systems once the selection process is complete.  In addition, a full up-to-date academic CV with complete publication list must also be submitted to catherine.hardman@york.ac.uk by 12th February 2020;

  • Nominated Departmental candidates will then be assessed by the FLF Management Group, (Pro VC-Research, Associate Deans (Research) plus
      • , and will be supported equitably through the application process.

     Departments will be responsible for selecting one candidate (internal or external) to progress to University level quality assessment, where candidates with outstanding potential will be identified. Under exceptional circumstances, and with prior approval by the UoY FLF Management Group, departments may nominate two candidates. Departments have until Wednesday 12th February 2020 to nominate their candidate and may organise this selection process as they see fit. Earlier submission to the FLF Management Group is encouraged and the names of nominated candidates should be sent by the DRC Chair via email to catherine.hardman@york.ac.uk;


    1. Successful Departmental candidates complete the Expression of Interest (EoI) form and prepare a 4-page CV.

    2. 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.

    3. DRC Chair submits the completed forms and CVs to Taryn Bell (fellowships@york.ac.uk) by 5pm, Monday 8 August 2022.

      • If putting two applications forward, the Department must indicate which application is their top choiceand give a brief explanation as to why.

    4. 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)

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  • All exceptional candidates will be given the required institutional approval to progress their applications. EoIs must be submitted by the candidate to UKRI in April (final dates to be announced). Applicants will be responsible for submitting their individual full applications using JeS in May 2020 (final dates to be announced);

  • In addition, for rounds 5 and 6, the applicants are expected to fill in a short form (reusing much of their EOI information) but which should also include financial information. This form (attached) will be considered by the Fellowship Co-ordination Committee, in parallel with the FLF internal selection panel, for central University of York financial support of any successful FLF application. This form should be submitted alongside the Google form by 12th February 2020 to catherine.hardman@york.ac.uk.

  • Key dates:

    Item

    Deadline

    Notification of UoY process and dissemination to Departments

    w/c 13th January 2020

    Candidate nomination by Departments.  DRC Chair email to Catherine Hardman; Google Form and CVs to be submitted by applicant, also to Catherine Hardman. 

    12th February 2020

    Review by Management Group

    w/c 24th February 2020

    Notification of candidates

    w/c 2nd March 2020

    External UKRI EoI deadline

    to be announced (we assume April)

    External full application deadline 

    to be announced (we assume May)

    The University will likely make announcements on the schedule for Round 6 in late summer/early Autumn 2020 

    1. Candidates will be notified of the outcome and receive feedback as soon as possible after the selection panel has made a decision, by end of w/c 29 August 2022.

    2. Candidates who are successful at the University selection panel meeting will be invited to develop their application to submit to the funder.

    3. 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.


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    What are the deadlines for Round 7?

    • Outline application deadline: 18 October, 4pm UK time
    • Full application deadline: 6 December, 4pm UK time

    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:

    Lichman application

    Mackinder application

    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 fellowships@york.ac.uk.

    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.


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    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 (fellowships@york.ac.uk).



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    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:

    • Worktribe records will need to be completed and approved in the normal way (see below for more information).
    • You'll need to request that these be moved back to the Bid Submission stage to allow you to make further changes before the full stage.
    • The costings in WT should be as accurate as possible.
    • Standard University deadlines apply for submission.

    Additional notes:

    RGO notes on the FLF can be found here (version from March 2021):

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    If you have any queries, please get in touch with your RGO contact.