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Future Focused Leadership Programme: Application Guidance

 

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Future Focused Leadership Programme (FFLP)

 
 
To be eligible for the Leaders stream you must:
  • currently lead at a national level for NIHR or have demonstrable leadership influence as part of NIHR. For example, you might be a Chair or Co-Chair of a governance board, or leading an NIHR strategic work stream which involves different parts of NIHR/its partners 
  • be able to show how your leadership contribution relates to the strategic aims of NIHR
  • able to identify leadership challenges from your NIHR role that you can work on as part of the programme
 
To be eligible for the Emerging Research Leaders stream you must be:
  • an early to mid-career researcher
  • two years post doctorate
  • an NIHR Academy Member

Application Guidance for Emerging Research Leaders

Introduction:

 
The Future-Focused Leadership Programme is open to our early to mid-career researcher on an academic track, taking up your first significant leadership and management roles. The programme will enable participants to collaboratively explore management and leadership in health research and what it means at an individual, team, institution and system level in order to improve their leadership and management capability.

Overview of the Application Process: 

  • 1st September 2020: Applications open
  • 2nd October 2020: Applications close
  • October- November 2020: Application review and selection committee meetings
  • November 2020: Application outcomes provided
  • January 2021: Virtual programme kick-off call

Key Programme Dates:

 

Launch Teleconference12th January 2021
Residential 1 17th-18th March 2021
Residential 2 9th-10th June 2021
Action Learning Set 1 6th or 7th July 2021
Residential 3 8th-9th September 2021
Action Learning Set 2 12th or 13th October 2021
Programme Close 8th February 2022
 

Application Form:

 
In order to apply for the FFLP you will need to create an account in ARAMIS if you do not already have one.
 
The form is divided into 3 different sections asking for information on your personal information, your role and existing leadership journey.
 
Here are the questions you will be asked and the information you will need to provide:
 
Part 1: Your Personal Information
  • Title
  • Name
  • Email Address
  • Contact Number
  • Location Postcode
  • Host Organisation
Part 2: Your Role
  • To apply for this programme, you will be asked to confirm you are a NIHR Academy Member with at least two years post-doctoral research experience
  • You will be asked to confirm the training award or the post you hold
  • For Post-doctoral researchers in a school, BRC, CLAHRC or PSTRC you will be asked to provide the name of your Training Lead and their email address
Part 3: Your Leadership Journey
  • Describe your current leadership role in your host organisation, including any experience of leading a team or supervision of other researchers. [Max 250 words]
  • Provide a short summary of your academic career and wider leadership experience, including your collaboration experience and how you have developed partnerships with patients and users of research. [Max 250 words]
  • Tell us why you believe this is the right time in your career to participate in the Future-Focused Leadership Programme and how it will benefit you [Max 250 words]
  • Describe how your participation in this programme would benefit NIHR [Max 250 words]

Completing the application

 
All questions are mandatory and you will need to supply answers for each question before moving on to the next section. You will be instructed when to use N/A in order to move forward.
 
We recommend you consider the following within your application
  • Adhere to word count
  • Be clear and succinct
  • Use open and honest reflection and consider your achievements and areas which could be improved
  • Include your main aspirations for your leadership role

Equal Opportunities and Diversity

 
NIHR is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in research and asks applicants to provide Equality and Diversity Monitoring Information (age, sex, ethnicity and race, and disability). 
 
By answering these Equality and Diversity Monitoring Information questions, you will help us to better understand the different groups of people that apply to us for funding and their experiences of the funding process – particularly the groups protected by UK equality legislation. Although it is mandatory to answer these questions, it is possible to select “prefer not to say” as a response. However, the more information you provide, the more effective our monitoring will be. This information will not be used to make decisions about funding.
 
The information you share with the monitoring system:
  • will be stored separately from your application
  • only be used for the purpose of monitoring equal opportunities
  • be kept securely and in confidence

NIHR Privacy Policy

 
Our purpose for collecting information is to communicate with you about your application and have the necessary information to evaluate you for a fellowship. The data we collect here is collected in the public interest. Information provided here may be subject to Freedom of Information requests. 
 
Please read the information on the application form at the start of the process and if you require further details, you can contact the DHSC Data Protection Officer by email at: data_protection@dhsc.gov.uk 
 

Eligibility checking and panel assessment:

  • The NIHR Academy will complete an initial screen for eligibility
  • Following this, each application will be reviewed and scored by 2 members of the selection committee which comprises of senior leaders within NIHR and partner organisations
  • All candidates will be notified of the outcome via email.
 
If you require any further information, advice or guidance please contact: NIHR Academy
 
Phone - 0113 5328 446: Email – leaders-programme@nihr.ac.uk 
 

Application Guidance for Leaders

Introduction:

 
The Future-Focused Leadership Programme is open to our current leaders based within NIHR or delivering a national role for NIHR. You will be developing into or taking up leadership roles at the senior level, facing significant leadership challenges, where support will be most needed and impactful.
 
The programme will enhance your skills in leading across organisational boundaries, leading strategy and change and influencing others to achieve the strategic aims of NIHR.

Overview of the Application Process:

  • 1st September 2020: Applications open
  • 2nd October 2020: Applications close
  • October - November 2020: Application review and selection committee meetings
  • November 2020: Application outcomes provided
  • January 2021: Virtual programme kick-off call

Key Programme Dates:

 

Launch Call12th January
Residential 1 24th-25th March
Residential 2 16th-17th June 2021
Action Learning Set 1 13th, 14th or 15th July 2021
Residential 3 15th-16th September 2021
Action Learning Set 2 19th, 20th or 21st September 2021
Programme Close 8th February 2022

 

Application Form:

 
The form is divided into 3 different sections asking for information on your personal information, your role and existing leadership journey.
 
Here are the questions you will be asked and the information you will need to provide:
 
Part 1: Your personal information 
  • Title
  • Name
  • Email Address
  • Contact Number
  • Location Postcode
  • Host Organisation
Part 2: Your Role
  • Are you a Research Professor?
  • Are you a Leader based in oneoftheNIHR Coordinating Centres?
    • If yes, you will be asked to indicate which centre
  • For all other NIHR Leadership roles, please provide your role title
  • Are you currently leading at anationallevelforNIHR?
    • If yes, you will be asked to provide a short summary of your leadership role, the initiatives you are leading on and how these relate to NIHR strategic aims [Max 250 words]
Part 3: Your Leadership Journey
  • Please describe how your role involves collaboration with others outside of your host organisation, including the benefits and challenges of these different stakeholder interactions [250 words]
  • Describe what type of leadership style you currently use. Providing real-life examples, what have been the benefits of this approach and what are the challenges [Max 250 words]
  • Tell us why you believe this is the right time in your career to participate in the Future-Focused Leadership Programme and how it will benefit you [Max 250 words]
  • Describe how your participation in this programme would benefit NIHR [Max 250 words]

Completing the application

 
All questions are mandatory and you will need to supply answers for each question before moving on to the next section. You will be instructed when to use N/A in order to move forward.
 
We recommend you consider the following within your application
  • Adhere to word count
  • Be clear and succinct
  • Use open and honest reflection and consider your achievements and areas which could be improved
  • Include your main aspirations for your leadership role

Equal Opportunities and Diversity

 
NIHR is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in research and asks applicants to provide Equality and Diversity Monitoring Information (age, sex, ethnicity and race, and disability). 

By answering these Equality and Diversity Monitoring Information questions, you will help us to better understand the different groups of people that apply to us for funding and their experiences of the funding process – particularly the groups protected by UK equality legislation.  Although it is mandatory to answer these questions, it is possible to select “prefer not to say” as a response.  However, the more information you provide, the more effective our monitoring will be. This information will not be used to make decisions about funding.
 
The information you share with the monitoring system:
  • will be stored separately from your application
  • only be used for the purpose of monitoring equal opportunities
  • be kept securely and in confidence

NIHR Privacy Policy

 
Our purpose for collecting information is to communicate with you about your application and have the necessary information to evaluate you for a fellowship. The data we collect here is collected in the public interest. Information provided here may be subject to Freedom of Information requests. 
 
Please read the information on the application form at the start of the process and if you require further details, you can contact the DHSC Data Protection Officer by email at: data_protection@dhsc.gov.uk 

Eligibility checking and panel assessment:

  • The NIHR Academy will complete an initial screen for eligibility
  • Following this, each application will be reviewed and scored by 2 members of the selection panel which comprises of senior leaders within NIHR and partner organisations
  • All candidates will be notified of the outcome via email.
 
If you require any further information, advice or guidance please contact: NIHR Academy
 
Phone - 0113 5328 446: Email – leaders-programme@nihr.ac.uk