FLIER - leadership programme

This unique programme is developing leaders of the future who can create collaborations across academia, industry, the NHS and government to drive innovation.

To achieve our strategic challenges for 2017-21 and extend our work developing talented researchers, the FLIER: Future Leaders in Innovation, Enterprise and Research programme has been designed for people working in the life sciences sector and managing projects or teams, who increasingly undertake interdisciplinary working.

The programme is equipping these emerging leaders with skills to help solve the biggest health challenges we will face, and enabling them to seize opportunities afforded to us by new discoveries in science, technology and medicine. Read about how the FLIER Future Leaders will transform the landscape in a blog from our President, Professor Sir Robert Lechler PMedSci.


The two-year programme brings together a cohort of emerging leaders drawn from across academia, industry, the NHS and government/policy organisations and includes:

  • Residential and one-day meetings to expose participants to current national and international leaders across the wider scientific and health ecosystem
  • Face-to-face and virtual workshops
  • Regular tailored coaching sessions from professionals at the forefront of leadership development
  • Mentorship from a leader in the life sciences sector
  • Bespoke financial management training
  • Cross-sector immersion experiences with an array of other organisations
  • A cross-sector project. This will take place in the second year and will be an opportunity to apply acquired strategic and higher-level operational skills to a work-based project while being supported by colleagues, a coach and a mentor.


The first and second round of the FLIER programme were launched in February 2019 and February 2020 respectively.

The FLIER Programme is currently in the pilot stage, during which we are conducting an evaluation. Therefore, applications are now closed – dates for potential future rounds have not yet been confirmed.



The FLIER Programme is generously supported by the Dennis and Mireille Gillings Foundation and the Government Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy ‘Investment in Research Talent’ fund.

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