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Cross-council scheme launched by UKRI

27 June 2018

UK Research and Innovation have recently launched a significant new cross-council scheme, the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship Scheme.

This is the second of six calls over the next three financial years, typically awarding 100 fellowships per round with no discipline quotas. The majority of these Fellowships will run for seven years (with a major review after 4 years to approve continuation funding). The 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 to assess and justify their suitability for the scheme. The support of the institution will a be 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.

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.

The School of Social Sciences will submit one application to this round of the competition. The second call has a compulsory UKRI EoI deadline of 4 October 2018.

Potential candidates are asked to submit an 'Intention To Bid' to by 6 September 2018, to comprise:

  • Name of anticipated host discipline
  • Applicant’s 2 page CV
  • A note of primary area of interest (200 characters) and research focus (2000 characters)

This information will then be used to decide which application will go forward to the UKRI EoI stage. The decision will be made by 20 September 2018.

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