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Introduction 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
Funder Guidance
Frequently Asked Questions

What are the deadlines for Round 7?

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

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

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.

Who to contact with questions about applying

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 (

Information for Research Support Administrators

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):

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

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