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UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) 2020 for Early Career Researchers and Innovators

UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) 2020 for Early Career Researchers and Innovators

UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) 2020 for Early Career Researchers and Innovators

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. 

Application Deadline: 8th October 2019 by 16:00.

Eligible Countries: UK & International


To be taken at (country): UK

About the Award: 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.

Type: Fellowship, Research, Entrepreneurship


  • 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.
    • 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.

    Number of Awards: There will be six calls for these fellowships between 2018 and 2021, awarding around 100 fellowships per call.

    Value and Duration of Award: 

    • The support offered will be long-term and flexible and will provide comprehensive package of support, including the fellow’s salary and justified research, staff and training costs, with seven years of support available on a 4+3 model, with a review in year four. The case for support should make clear the long-term aims of the programme, and why they matter – while providing more specific plans and costings for the first four years.
    • For business applicants, those in the user community or other applicants, four years’ support may be sufficient and there is no need to apply for a further three years of funding if this is not required. Successful applicants will have the intellectual and financial freedom to develop and change direction over this period.

    How to ApplyBefore applying,

    • Businesses should read the Introduction for businesses (PDF, 223KB)
    • Read the overview of the scheme
    • Check whether the applicant meets the person specification
    • See also guidance on career breaks and flexible working and job share FAQs
    • Ensure that the host organisation agrees to support the fellowship.
      The host organiastion is where the fellow will primarily be based. It must be in the UK and be eligible to receive funding from UKRI. Applicants must seek and agree support from the proposed host organisation before the outline proposal is submitted. The full application will need to include letters of support from the host organisation

    Visit Programme Webpage for Details

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