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Advancing Principal Investigators (previously Research Team Leaders)

Develop the necessary skills and tools to lead a research team whilst developing your research career; for grades 8–9.

About the programme 

The programme has a time commitment of 16 hours and is delivered across four half-days in a live virtual environment. 

There are 48 places available, spread across three cohorts. 

The programme builds on a framework that gives participants practical skills and tools to lead a research team with confidence in the midst of changing research environments. 

The programme offers participants various solutions and approaches to team building and gaining co-operation from colleagues, using techniques to enhance team equality, diversity, depth and clarity. You will gain understanding on building and leading a research team, running effective research team meetings, supporting individual researchers and developing your role as a team leader.

Each segment of the programme builds on the previous one to create a unique opportunity to enhance your capability as a research leader and develop your career potential. 

As part of the programme, participants have an opportunity for a one-on-one coaching session with a member of the training team at the end of the course. The session provides participants with the chance to discuss their leadership profile or another specific leadership issue.

Learning outcomes

By completing this leadership programme, you will learn how to:

  • Understand the importance and role of a research team leader 
  • Build and lead a more impactful research team in changing times 
  • Engage in team-building and collaborative working 
  • Explore ways to address and resolve challenges arising from leading teams in changing times 
  • Develop a strategy for creating a personal vision for your research career 
  • Lead more effective team meetings 


New research team leaders or experienced researchers with the potential to lead a research team (e.g., FLF fellows) at grades 8 to 9.

How to apply

Applications for 2022/23 are now open for UCL Staff. Please use the Application Form to apply, and please see the Nomination Process Page for more information on timelines and Frequently Asked Questions.