Explore our funding opportunities and learn about previously funded calls and their impact. Be sure to check out our SULSA Activity Planner to plan for the year ahead.


SULSA ECR Development

This funding aims to support researchers in their endeavours to develop their own novel research track. The funds can be used for a variety of activities such as travel, training in new techniques/skills, consumable costs, and facility access.

Projects should aim to build a new collaboration, upskill the applicant or generate pilot data/develop a pathway to commercialisation. 

You can apply for up to £4,000 and we hope to award a minimum of 5 projects.

Status: Call open and closes Wednesday 11th January 2023



SULSA Network Support

SULSA wish to support new and existing Life Sciences Networks with our SULSA Network Support by providing funds towards the running of a network event. The Network must fall within the SULSA Life Sciences remit which includes everything from human health to animalsplants, and microbes. Networks must be led by a Scottish University(ies) but can include members from across the UK and internationally.

The funds must be used towards the costs associated with running a network event and networks are invited to apply for up to £1,000.

Status: Call now closed and will re-open in December 2022



SULSA Innovation Seed

This funding is run in collaboration with IBioIC and CENSIS and aims to support researchers in the development of their independent research and their affiliation with the industry sector. Proposed projects should aim to foster new projects and collaborations across the academic and industry sector and drive novel and exciting research and innovation.

This fund is aimed at early lecturers/PIs who are invited to apply for between £5,000 – £20,000, which must be match funded by an industrial partner or show a strong case for commercialisation of your research.

Status: Call now closed and will re-open in February 2023




SULSA wish to award outstanding early career scientists whose work shows excellent potential to make an impact in the field of life sciences.

This prize allows exceptional postdocs to raise their profile in Scotland and have a prestigious award on their CV.  It includes a fully-funded tour of three Scottish Universities where the awardee will deliver a seminar and meet with staff in order to raise their profile around Scotland, and develop their independent networks.

Status: Call now closed and will re-open 29th March 2023



SULSA - Rheinland-Pfalz Research Collaboration Funding

This funding aims to support the development of ECRs including their international networks, research outputs and technical skills and knowledge. This fund has been jointly created by Scottish Government, the State Government of Rheinland-Pfalz, and SULSA to support research collaborations between Scotland and the Rheinland-Pfalz region of Germany.

Status: Call now closed and will re-open in Spring 2023



Placements from The Data Lab

SULSA has teamed up with The Data Lab to bring more life sciences students and companies who are working toward a Data-related problem into their fully-funded placement program.

We are looking for Life Sciences PhD Students (who have data and/or AI experience) and Life Sciences Companies who have a potential data-related project that could benefit.

The programme provides PhD students with an invaluable opportunity to apply their academic skills in an industrial setting, whilst developing essential skills required in the workplace including communication, team working, identifying and solving business problems.

Status: Call is open for applications and running until 2024 (subject to available funding)


previously funded calls


Previously Funded Calls

SULSA have invested in our researchers via numerous funding calls. These include:

  • SULSA – Rheinland-Pfalz Research Collaboration Funding
  • Our Future Health Innovation Seed
  • Saltire Emerging Researcher Scheme
  • Microscopy Facility Funding
  • Innovation Seed Funding
  • ECR Development Funding
  • Optical Imaging Funding
  • Dementia Seed Funding
  • Natural Products in the Bio-economy Funding
  • Technology Seed Funding
  • Antimicrobial Resistance Seed Funding

Click below to learn more about these awards and the projects funded.


Researcher Exchange Scheme

The Postdoctoral and Early Career Researcher Exchange Scheme (PECRE) is one of SULSA’s most popular funding awards. It supports postgraduate or early career researcher exchanges with academia and industry in Europe, North America, China and India.

Click below to check out some of the previously funded PECRE projects.


EU Partnership Building

The EU Partnership Building grant aims to boost life sciences participation in European projects. For example through establishing network connections, showcasing skills and capabilities, and participating in specific networking activities both for policy influencing and project preparation.

Click below to check out some of the previously funded PEER projects.