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Future-Focused Leadership Programme - Emerging Research Leaders Cohort 1


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The Future-Focused Leadership Programme (FFLP) aims to develop your capabilities and effectiveness as a leader by identifying and reflecting on your strengths and areas for development.

The 12-month programme has been developed specifically for NIHR, based on in-depth analysis to understand what makes a successful leader and offers participants the opportunity to explore new thinking on how to lead in the 21st century. It is designed around exploring three core areas: Leading Yourself, Leading Others and Leading Beyond Authority.

Emerging Research Leaders stream

The Emerging Research Leaders stream is for early to mid-career researchers on an academic track, who are taking up their first significant leadership and management roles.

It will enable you to collaboratively explore management and leadership in health and social care research and what it means at an individual, team, institution and system level in order to improve your leadership and management capability.

The immersive programme incorporates a range of development opportunities including: hybrid residential workshops, 360 feedback, action learning sets/peer support, and individual coaching.

The key programme dates will be added once finalised and it is expected the onboarding sessions will begin in the new year .

To be eligible for the Emerging Research Leaders stream you must be:

  • an early to mid-career researcher
  • two years post-doctoral
  • an NIHR Academy Member (in receipt of an award ending no earlier than 30 September 2023)

The Emerging Research Leaders stream should be selected on the application form in ARAMIS. Full details of the programme are available in the Guidance Notes and FAQ document.

If you require any further information, please contact the programme team by email on