ESRC Future Leaders Scheme announced

Future Research Leaders – Call for Outline Proposals 2011

The ESRC are pleased to announce the first call for proposals for their new early careers scheme, Future Research Leaders. This scheme will support outstanding early career researchers to carry out excellent research and to develop all aspects of their research and knowledge exchange skills.

The scheme is open to high-quality candidates from anywhere in the world who have a maximum of four years’ postdoctoral experience and the support of an eligible UK research organisation.

[IMPORTANT: Any candidate who is considering nominating the University of Manchester as the host institution should contact the School Research Director as soon as possible in order to gain his/her support for the application]

Application process

There is a two-stage peer-review process. Applicants are required to submit an outline proposal that addresses the points detailed in the call specification (below) electronically using the Research Councils’ Joint electronic Submission (Je-S) form by 16.00 on 15 September 2011.

Detailed guidance on the procedures for completing the outline proposal form is available in the Je-S guidance notes for applicants (below).

Outline proposals will be assessed and shortlisted by a pool of external assessors. If shortlisted, applicants will be invited to prepare and submit full proposals by 1 February 2012.

Awards will be for a maximum of three years with an overall limit of £215,000 (at 100 per cent full Economic Cost). They aim to fund around 70 awards.

Further information


If you have any questions or would like further information about the scheme contact:


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