Please note, the call for applications to 5th round of the UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowships is OPEN

UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowships are an exciting new opportunity to join Imperial. This scheme intends to grow the strong supply of talented individuals needed to ensure that UK research and innovation continues to be world class. These Fellowships support applicants from diverse career paths, including those returning from a career break or following time in other roles. 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.

 Applications to UKRI where the fellowship is intended to be held at Imperial must be made via the College to ensure you have approved support from the proposed host Department.


Who can apply

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.

The FLF scheme welcomes applications from both UK and international applicants and individuals should use UKRI’s person specification (PDF) to assess and justify their suitability for the scheme. The support of the institution is a 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.


Holding a FLF at Imperial

At Imperial we are using an open selection process to identify individuals the College is willing to  support in applying to this funding opportunity from UKRI. Interested candidates must submit a Request for Support form (doc), which will be shared with the relevant department to consider. Applicants will be contacted directly by the relevant academic department in order to establish the level of support available.

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring, promotion and research funding decisions we will evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the impact factor of the journal where it is published. More information is available at https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/


How to apply

  1. Contact your Department of interest for initial discussions (some Departments have specific strategic research areas they want to recruit in - see the sections below for details)
  2. Download and complete the Request for Support form (doc). Please ensure to include a statement of how your research aligns to your department of choice within Section 3 - Host.
  3. Send your completed form to researchfellowships@imperial.ac.uk by Wednesday 18 March, midday
  4. Completed application forms will be shared with the relevant departments for consideration
  5. Applicants will be contacted by departments to discuss their request for support

Imperial Departments

UKRI view it positively when the host institution makes clear statements about how the candidate may fit into their strategic vision/commitment to the specific research area. To facilitate this, individuals interested in applying for a FLF hosted at Imperial should initially approach their department of interest to ensure their research aligns to its strategic aims. Some departments have also declared particular areas in which they would be willing to host a fellow.

Faculty of Engineering

Aeronautics

The Department is willing to accept enquiries related to all relevant research areas, with a particular interest in Electric Aircraft Technologies, Systems Engineering and Optimisation, and Machine Learning Methods in Aerospace Engineering (General contact - Sian Haynes)

Bioengineering

The Department will only be considering applications from internal academic staff in all relevant research areas (General contact - Tim Venables)

Chemical Engineering

The Department will only be considering applications from internal academic staff in all relevant research areas (General contact - Anusha Sri-Pathmanathan)

Civil & Environmental

The Department is willing to accept enquiries related to all relevant research areas (General contact - Sarah Willis)

Computing

The Department is willing to accept enquiries related to all relevant research areas (General contact - Peter Pietzuch)

Faculty of Engineering 2

Design Engineering

The Department is willing to accept enquiries related to all relevant research areas (General contact - Sam McKenney)

Earth Science & Engineering

The Department is willing to accept enquiries connected to the following areas of strategic importance: Remote Sensing, Computation, Isotope Geochemistry, Energy Storage, Natural Hazards and Minerals and Mining (General contact - Emma Watson)

Electrical & Electronic

The Department is willing to accept enquiries related to all relevant research areas (General contact - Rob Millwood)

Materials

The Department is willing to accept enquiries related to all relevant research areas (General contact - Claire Tibble)

Mechanical Engineering

The Department is willing to accept enquiries related to all relevant research areas, with a particular interest in Energy Storage research (General contact - Simon Bailey)

Faculty of Medicine

Brain Sciences

The Department is willing to accept enquiries related to all relevant research areas (General contact Paula Kirby)

Immunology and Inflammation

The Department is willing to accept enquiries related to all relevant research areas (General contact Cathy Tupman)

Infectious Disease

The Department is willing to accept enquiries related to all relevant research areas (General contact Ruth Tipples) 

Institute of Clinical Sciences

The Department is willing to accept enquiries related to all relevant research areas (General contact - Carole Swan)

Faculty of Medicine

Metabolism, Digestion & Repro

The Department is willing to accept enquiries related to all relevant research areas (General contact - Dania Grant-Serroukh)

NHLI

The Department is willing to accept enquiries related to the following research areas (General contact - Alun Owen)

  • Vascular, myocardial and lung cell biology
  • Lung immunology, allergy and infection
  • Cardiac electrophysiology
  • Advanced therapies: genes, drugs, stem cells & devices
  • Population health: including environmental and occupational causes of heart, lung and vascular disease
  • Disease progression: early disease, repair, aging & fibrosis
  • Genomics, imaging, big data and artificial intelligence
  • Clinical trials: patient cohorts, volunteer studies, bioresources and trial design

NHLI has launched its strategic plan for 2019-2024 including our mission and aim. You can download a PDF of the plan from https://www.imperial.ac.uk/media/imperial-college/medicine/nhli/for-staff/NHLI-Strategic-Plan.pdf

School of Public Health

The Department is willing to accept enquiries related to all relevant research areas (General contact - Matt Heger)

 

Surgery and Cancer

The Department is willing to accept enquiries related to the following research areas (General contact - Rita Carvalho)

  • Early cancer diagnostics – (Contact: Prof Iain McNeish and Prof George Hanna)
  • Frailty & aging – (Contact: Prof Alison McGregor)

Faculty of Natural Sciences

Centre for Environmental Policy

The Department will not be supporting any fellows. 

Chemistry

The Department will not be supporting any fellows. 

Life Sciences

The Department is willing to accept enquiries related to all relevant research areas (General contact - Professor Steve Matthews - Fellowships and Honours Committee)

Mathematics

The Department is willing to accept enquiries related to all relevant research areas (General contact - Rusudan Svanidze)

Physics

The Department is willing to accept enquiries related to the following research areas (General contact - Louise Hayward)

Business School

The Business School is willing to accept enquiries related to all relevant research areas (General contact - David Wilson)