Realizing world-class potential Realizing world-class potential

The UEA Faculty of Science values Independent Fellows highly, and will provide an excellent environment for you to develop and realize your world-class research potential. We warmly welcome applications from ambitious and talented scientists, and will help you to select, develop and secure your Independent Research Fellowship.

We are one of the largest faculties within the University, primarily housed in one contiguous building that encourages a ‘faculty without walls' approach to maximize collaboration. We have close links to our partner institutes across the Norwich Research Park, one of Europe’s largest concentrations of researchers in the fields of environment, food, health, and plant and microbial sciences, providing Research Fellows with superb opportunities to build up their research profile. At UEA, you will have access to a wide range of hi-tech facilities through the NRP Virtual Technology Centre, and will join a community of researchers that recently made Norwich fourth in the UK for the number of ‘most highly cited scientists’ (Thomson Reuters 2014). 

Across the Science Faculty, our collaborative and interdisciplinary research addresses many of society’s grand challenges, as well as tackling key questions in fundamental discovery science. Our research activity is organized into six main Science Schools: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computing Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Mathematics and Pharmacy, with plans to build critical research mass around new disciplines of Engineering, Physics and Geography. We also play leading roles in three major research alliances spanning the Norwich Research Park: The Earth and Life Systems Alliance, the Food and Health Alliance, and the Industrial Biotechnology Alliance, which facilitate multi-disciplinary projects across the NRP.

In the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework (REF), we returned most of our research staff for assessment, and all of their activity was judged to have international impact. 84% of the ~700 outputs that the Science Faculty returned to the REF were judged to be either world leading or internationally excellent, as was 90% of our research impact, and 97% of our research environment. We attract significant research grant income from a very wide range of public and private funders, and have internal mentoring and reviewing systems which allow us to achieve high success rates with the UK science research councils.

How we can help you How we can help you

We have a proven record of supporting externally-funded Research Fellows, from successful application to project delivery, and on to career development and a permanent academic position in one of our Science Schools. Find out more from some of our existing fellows on our Research pages.

We have detailed experience of Fellowship schemes supported by NERC, BBSRC, ESRC, EPSRC, MRC, the Royal Society, the Leverhulme Trust, the Wellcome Trust, Marie Sklowdowska-Curie and the European Research Council, as well as a number of medical charities such as BHF, AMRC and CRUK. We run informal drop-in sessions for different Fellowship schemes, and seminars on planning and writing applications, all led by current or recent Fellows, as well as experienced reviewers and panelists for a range of different research funders. Where applications require, we have matched funds for high quality applicants that are likely to succeed.

Our Research and Innovation Service will nominate an experienced Project Officer who will help you develop your application, including help with costings, deadlines, rules, regulations and eligibility, which can sometimes be complicated.


In short, we can help:

Introduce you to relevant academic staff who are leaders in your research area

Advise on different funding schemes and their suitability to your career stage

Design your proposal and provide feedback on drafts

Cost out your proposal and plan budgets

Preparation and practice for your interview

Identify resources such as facilities, space or additional funding

Once you win your Fellowship, we will help you with:

Integrating you into the relevant School and research and office space

Mentoring from senior colleagues and introductions to new collaborations

Training and personal development

Managing your research contract, budget and purchasing

Access to top-class research facilities

Support with writing and submitting further funding proposals

Access to PhD studentship funding

Building and managing your own research team

Opportunities to gain teaching experience

Opportunities for progression to permanent academic positions

Get In Touch Get In Touch

If you are an ambitious scientist who is ready to progress your research career through an Independent Fellowship, please get in touch sooner rather than later, as it takes time to develop a successful Fellowship application!

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It’s possible that you already have an established contact at UEA, otherwise email the Associate Dean for Research in the Science Faculty, Ian Renfrew ( or the Director of ELSA, Colin Murrell (, and we will be happy to discuss your application further. For those of you who have already secured a Fellowship, we are also happy to discuss whether transferring it to UEA would be a good idea.