This process is only open to existing Future Leaders Fellows

Successful applicants to the Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) scheme have the opportunity to extend their four-year fellowship by up to a further three years. The renewal funding will continue to support the development of a leading-edge fellow and further the fellow’s work to undertake adventurous, ambitious programmes that tackle difficult and novel challenges. Fellows can apply for up to £567K UKRI contribution for the renewal period. 

The renewal project should be a continuation of the original FLF application. However, it is recognised that the project will have developed and progressed, and a fellow may change the direction of their project over the period of the fellowship. It is expected that fellows may choose to alter their planned programme of research or innovation in response to new discoveries or techniques. This is to build on their own changing experience, or to reflect changing business requirements and market opportunities. 

How to apply

Full details and guidance are available on the UKRI FLF Renewal webpages.

Eligible fellows will be contacted directly by the UKRI FLF team when there is a minimum of 16 months remaining on their fellowship to confirm the time period in which they can apply for renewal. This corresponds to the Expression of Interest (EoI) opening date of the first meeting to which they are eligible to apply (see 'renewal timeline' below). Fellows should initially complete the EoI survey sent by the UKRI FLF team to indicate the panel meeting for which they would like to be considered, and then follow the UKRI FLF guidance (PDF) for the full proposal submission.

Institutional supporting statement

This is a mandatory attachment for the renewal application and must be jointly from  the Vice Provost (Research and Enterprise) and the Head of Department. The text for this letter must be prepared by the fellow's department, signed by the Head of Department, and sent as a Word document to by the appropriate deadline on the timeline below for checking, addition of the Vice Provost letterhead, and countersigning by the Vice Provost. 

Letters have a limit of 2 pages and must be prepared in Arial 11 with a 2cm margin. 

The statement must outline:

  • The commitment from the Host Organisation to realising the potential of the fellow and establishing them as a research/innovation leader to date and in the future
  • How the host has supported the fellow and their programme of work outlined in the original application, including the future commitments the department will make to mentor and support the fellow
  • Confirmation of an open-ended UK based independent research and/or innovation position that the fellow has been successful in securing. If an open-ended position has not yet been secured, the commitment from the Host Organisation and the progress the fellow has made towards securing an open-ended position to be taken up during or upon the completion of the renewal fellowship, must be detailed (in line with organisational employment policies and practices)
  • Confirmation of the commitment to the salary of the fellow (60% in years 5 and 6, 80% in year 7), and whether any additional grant funding will be used to contribute to the salary
  • Confirmation of the commitment to 50% of any Equipment costs requested in the application 
  • If moving host organisation, the new host must maintain any commitments to the fellow as per the original application. This should be highlighted in the supporting statement

Renewal timeline

There will be four renewal panel meetings per year and fellows will be eligible to apply to two of these based on their current fellowship end date. The two possible panels a fellow could apply for will be communicated directly to the fellow via email from the URKI FLF team. The timings for these meetings is below, with additional information regarding when institutional letters should be submitted for approval.

Renewal Meeting 3 (Eligible end dates June-Nov 2023)

  • EoI open - 21 Feb 2022
  • EoI close - 11 March 2022
  • Call open - 30 May 2022 
  • Support letter to Research Office - 8 July 2022
  • Call close - 22 July 2022 
  • Outcomes - November 2022 

Renewal Meeting 4 (Eligible end dates Sept 2023-Feb 2024)

  • EoI open - 16 May 2022
  • EoI close - 24 June 2022
  • Call open – 25 July 2022
  • Support letter to Research Office - 30 September 2022
  • Call close – 14 October 2022
  • Outcomes – February 2023

Renewal Meeting 5 (Eligible end dates Dec 2023-May 2024)

  • EoI open - 22 August 2022
  • EoI close - 3 October 2022
  • Call open – 17 October 2022
  • Support letter to Research Office - 6 January 2023
  • Call close – 20 January 2023
  • Outcomes – May 2023

Renewal Meeting 6 (Eligible end dates March-Aug 2024)

  • EoI open - 8 November 2022
  • EoI close - 16 December 2022
  • Call open – 23 January 2023
  • Support letter to Research Office - 7 April 2023
  • Call close – 21 April 2023
  • Outcomes – August 2023

Renewal Meeting 7 (Eligible end dates June-Nov 2024)

  • EoI open - 2 February 2023
  • EoI close - 17 March 2023
  • Call open – 24 April 2023
  • Support letter to Research Office - 7 July 2023
  • Call close – 21 July 2023
  • Outcomes – November 2023

 Renewal Meeting 8 (Eligible end dates Sept 2024-Feb 2025)

  • EoI open - 1 May 2023
  • EoI close - 9 June 2023
  • Call open – 25 July 2023
  • Support letter to Research Office - 29 September 2023
  • Call close – 13 October 2023
  • Outcomes – March 2024

Renewal Meeting 9 (Eligible end dates Dec 2024-May 2025)

  • EoI open - 24 July 2023
  • EoI close - 1 September 2023
  • Call open – 16 October 2023
  • Support letter to Research Office - 5 January 2024
  • Call close – 19 January 2024
  • Outcomes – May 2024