Learn more about the research being undertaken by SULSA-funded researchers and our members


SULSA Strategic Groups

Responding to the strategic directions of the Scottish Government and funding agencies, SULSA coordinate three strategic themes focused on Infectious DiseaseBioeconomy for Sustainability, and Therapeutics and Vaccines.

Our Strategic Groups will be formed of senior academics with valued input from our early career researchers. They will allow SULSA member universities to respond collaboratively to large multidisciplinary funding bids and drive multidisciplinary knowledge exchange.

Strategic groups will be changed every three years and will be inclusive of humanplantanimal, and microbe researchers.


Member Universities

SULSA is a strategic partnership between thirteen Scottish Universities and Institutes that aims to advance Scotland’s research and innovation in the life sciences, and secure Scotland’s global position as a world-class centre of research excellence.

Use our members page to explore the areas of expertise in each university and institute.



SULSA 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. In addition, the awardee will receive £2,000 of flexible funding.

Check out our winners videos and learn about their exciting research!


SULSA Funded Projects

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

  • Scotland / Rheinland-Pfalz Researcher Exchange
  • Our Future Health Innovation Seed
  • Saltire Emerging Researcher Award
  • Innovation Seed Funding
  • ECR Development Funding
  • Microscopy Facility Funding
  • Antimicrobial Resistance Seed Funding
  • Technology Seed Funding
  • Natural Products in the Bio-economy Funding
  • Dementia Seed Funding
  • Optical Imaging 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.