School of Social and Political Science

UKRI supports Dr Eleanor Brooks’ project through flagship fellowship

Sub head

Dr Eleanor Brooks from the School of Social and Political Science has been awarded £1million for her project Better Regulation for Better Health, through the UK Research and Innovation’s Future Leaders Fellowships.


UKRI’s flagship scheme invests in outstanding individuals across the UK, supporting the research and innovation leaders of the future to develop their careers while tackling ambitious challenges.

Dr Brooks said: “There has never been a more important time to ensure that regulation is being made coherently, and that it best serves the health and well-being of populations. This project gives us the opportunity, working directly with policy actors, to study how we regulate the regulations, and how these processes can be designed to ensure that they strengthen health policy, not weaken it.”

UKRI’s initiative aims to support the creation of a new cohort of research and innovation leaders who will have links across different sectors and disciplines. Awardees will each receive between £400,000 and £1.5 million over an initial four years. The grant supports challenging and novel projects, and the development of the individual, and can pay for team members’ wages, equipment and other needs.

Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation, said: “The Future Leaders Fellowships are UKRI’s flagship talent programme, designed to foster and nurture the research and innovation leaders of the future. 

“We are delighted to support these outstanding researchers and innovators across universities, research organisations and businesses.”

Kirsty Grainger, Director of the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships, said: “The Future Leaders Fellows represent some of the most brilliant people working in the country. We’re supporting researchers from every background – from the arts to medicine, and the social sciences to engineering – helping them become the research and innovation leaders of the future.” 

Read more about the Future Leaders Fellowships and the other grants awarded on the UKRI website here.

Congratulations to Eleanor from everyone at the School.