UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships Round 8 – Internal Process Launched

Deadline for expression of interest: 12pm on Thursday 30th March 2023.

The UKRI 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 and from around the world.

This scheme is looking for 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.

UKRI are offering funding to support ambitious research or innovation programmes across UKRI’s remit. You must be based at, and have the support of, an eligible academic or non-academic institution.

There is no minimum or maximum award value.

Your project can last for up to four years, with the option to apply to renew for a further three years.

The external deadline for this call is 4th July 2023.


BU internal competition:

​For Round 8 we are running an internal process at BU to ensure we support and encourage submissions from the highest standard of candidates. For this round, BU is capped at a maximum of 3 applications.

The focus is to ensure candidates are eligible and have a high chance of success, providing them with comprehensive advice and support, to develop a high-quality programme of research and proposal for submission. Applications are welcome from internal academics (both as prospective fellows and/or mentors of prospective fellows) and external academics to be hosted by BU.

Prospective applicants should complete an Expression of Interest and send to Research Development by 12pm on 30th March 2023. A panel of subject experts, DDRPPs and SIA Conveners will review each EoI and selected applicants will be notified by end of day on 21st April 2023.  All documents relating to this internal competition are available on the I Drive here: I:\RDS\Public\FLF Round 8 July 2023

Selected applicants will then be supported to progress with their application and receive internal and external support as required.

A briefing on this call will be held on 1st March 2023 at 12 noon, including an overview of the scheme and a Q&A session. You can access the meeting here. For those who cannot attend on the day, the briefing will be recorded and shared on Brightspace.

Process for selecting applications timeline:

Date Action
23rd February 2023 Internal Launch of Call
1st March 2023 Future Leaders Briefing and Q&A for Fellows and mentors – at the Funding Development Briefing.
30th March 2023 Noon EoI deadline
30th March 2023 5pm Applications sent to reviewers
w/c 17th April 2023 Panel Meeting
21st April 2023 Notify successful FLF/s

Please contact Lisa Andrews, RDS Research Facilitator for further information on this scheme.