SULSA Resources

Explore the various SULSA resources available to you including up to date news, useful databases and topical reports

SULSA Reports

Read the various SULSA Reports and Policy Responses covering a wide range of areas written by the SULSA team

SULSA Colouring Book

Inspire your future scientists with our Colouring-in Book packed full of exciting jobs in STEM

SULSA Blogs

Hear from the researchers directly involved in our projects and funding calls via our collection of SULSA Blogs

Microscopy Database

Explore our Scottish Microscopy Facilities Database created in conjunction with the Scottish Microscopy Society

Careers Database

Explore our Post-Academic Careers Database raising awareness of alternative career paths for early career researchers

SULSA NEWS

Open Funding Calls

Date: February 2024

SULSA currently have two early career calls open! Our Early Career Development call is for Postdocs, Research Assistants and Technicians to support their career development (closes 18th March 2024). And our newly named Postdoctoral Prize (previously SULSA ECR Prize) is open to Postdocs and includes a fully funded Scottish seminar tour plus flexible funding (closes 15th April 2024).

Networking Initiative with German Universities of Applied Sciences

Date: February 2024

SULSA are delighted to partner with the German Research Foundation (DFG) on their networking initiative for Universities of Applied Sciences. A virtual matchmaking event will take place on 24th April 2024 to support networking on topics that fit within the theme of Health and Environment. A follow up event will be hosted online on 8th May 2024 to provide information on funding available to support the initiation of research collaborations.

2nd Scotland - Rheinland-Pfalz Life Sciences and Biotechnology Conference

Date: February 2024

The Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance (SULSA) are delighted to present the Second Scotland-RLP Life Sciences and Biotechnology Conference in partnership with the Rheinland-Pfälzische Technische Universität Kaiserslautern-Landau. Join us online on 14th May for our biennial scientific conference. This conference is designed for students and early career researchers interested in networking and building international connections.

One Health Workshop

Date: January 2024

Leading on from the MRC regional meeting in October 2023, the University of Highlands and Islands is hosting a hybrid workshop to bring together senior academics from across SULSA to discuss strategic priorities and funding within One Health on Tuesday 27th February 2024.

Research Funding Webinar

Date: January 2024

SULSA’s Strategic Group for Infectious Disease invites you to attend a series of talks from UK funding agencies on Tuesday 26th March to hear about future funding in the area of Infectious Diseases. We will hear from the MRC, BBSRC, The Wellcome Trust, Innovate UK and Scottish Enterprise. This online event is open to anyone from a SULSA member university or research institute and is sponsored by Life Arc.

Forging Futures: Launch Event

Date: January 2024

Our second round of Forging Futures will kick start on 8th February 2024 when we hold our Forging Futures Launch Event at the University of Strathclyde! We will welcome our new cohort as they embark on our Forging Futures scheme for industry engagement with training from Skillfluence, My Future Plan and a Dragons Den element with partners Interface which is sponsored by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and supported through Scottish Enterprise Ecosystem Fund.

Scottish Enterprise Ecosystem Fund

Date: Dec 2023

SULSA were delighted to be awarded £46,000 from the Scottish Enterprise Ecosystem Fund to enhance our Forging Futures scheme with partners, Interface. These funds will be used to develop the existing scheme and add on a series of additional activities for our Forging Futures cohort!

SULSA IndAc 2023

Date: Dec 2023

A huge thank you to everyone who attended the SULSA Industry Academia Conference and Careers Fair! This took place on 14-15th November 2023 in Edinburgh and has received great feedback to date. We’re excited to announce IndAc24 will take place in Glasgow on 23rd – 24th October 2024. 

SULSA Delegation Visit to Rhineland-Palatinate

Date: Dec 2023

We’re going back to Germany! This time with a team from each of our members to further develop international collaborations with Germany, including a reception with Minister for Science and Health, Clemens Hoch. We’ll also host our second Scotland-RLP Conference on Life Sciences and Biotechnology online on 13th May – attendees are invited to register now!

SULSA Forging Futures Launch

Date: Sept 2023

SULSA are delighted to re-launch our Forging Futures Scheme run in collaboration with Interface, SkillFluence and MyFuturePlan. This funding aims to support and develop a cohort of researchers by enabling them to explore the opportunities available to them in academia and industry and equipping them with the tools to work effectively between the two. Applicants are invited to apply until 9th October 2023. 

SULSA IndAc 2023

Date: August 2023

Registration is now open for SULSA’s Industry Academia Conference (IndAc 2023). Our conference will take place on 14-15th November 2023 in the John McIntyre Conference Centre, Edinburgh. This two day conference will focus on industry engagement, for both collaborative R&D and employability.

James Hutton Institute

Date: August 2023

SULSA are delighted to announce that the James Hutton Institute (JHI) have joined SULSA bringing our members up to 13. The JHI is a well-respected and globally recognised research organisation delivering fundamental and applied science to drive the sustainable use of land and natural resources. With locations in Dundee, Aberdeen and two farms (Balruddery and Glensaugh) JHI is comprised of five Science Departments.

SULSA ECR Prize

Date: June 2023

SULSA are delighted to award four ECRs our prestigious SULSA ECR Prize which aims to award outstanding early career scientists whose work shows excellent potential to make an impact in the field of life sciences. The prize includes a fully funded seminar tour around Scotland plus £1,000 towards flexible funding. The winners are Dr Hannah Donnelly (Glasgow), Dr William Johnston (GCU), Dr Frank Machin (Edinburgh) and Dr Matias Perez (Glasgow). You can check out their winning presentations now by following the link below!

SULSA-RLP Collaborative Research Funding

Date: June 2023

Applicants are invited to apply for SULSA’s Rheinland-Pfalz Collaboration Funding. This funding aims to support the development of PhDs and 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 (RLP) region of Germany. The application deadline is 24th July 2023. 

SULSA in Germany

Date: June 2023

SULSA Project Manager, Ally Hughes, is in Germany for 6-weeks on a secondment with the German Research Foundation. During her first two weeks, she has met with various funding departments, U15, German Rectors Conference, and Science and Innovation at the British Embassy. She has also attended the review (as an observer) for a Collaborative Research Centre funding bid from Leipzig University on Structural Dynamics of GPCR Activation and Signalling. This secondment is sponsored by CENSIS.

Rhineland-Palatinate Delegate Visit

Date: April 2023

SULSA and The Scottish Government were honoured to welcome Minister President Malu Dreyer, her Minster for Science and Health Mr Clemens Hoch, and a delegation of ministry representatives and academics from the German federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate on Tuesday 18th April. This visit celebrated the collaborative work between Scotland and Rhineland-Palatinate in the areas of languages and teaching, life sciences and biotechnology, and energy.

SULSA Innovation Seed

Date: April 2023

SULSA are exited to re-launch our Innovation Seed Funding call jointly funded with IBioIC and CENSIS. This call aims to support early stage PIs who can apply for £5,000 – £15,000 to support fostering collaborations with industry or commercialising research. We invite you to learn more about the call via our website where you can also watch a recording from our recent information session. Application deadline is 22nd May 2023. 

SULSA ECR Prize

Date: April 2023

Our SULSA ECR Prize is back! This prize aims to award outstanding early career scientists whose work shows excellent potential to make an impact in the field of life sciences. It includes a fully-funded tour (£1,000) 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. Learn more now and watch our recorded information session via our website. Application deadline is 3rd May 2023.