What is SULSA?

Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance (SULSA) is a research pooling partnership between the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, St Andrews and Strathclyde that is supported by the Scottish Funding Council.

SULSA makes Scottish bio-research more globally competitive by pooling resources from the leading universities in the Life Sciences
  • Strategic collaboration in research, teaching and facilities is providing enhanced quality, success and value for money
  • SULSA breaks down silos and builds critical mass increasing university capacity, outputs and impacts
  • Pooling enhances research, training and global credibility, further raising the level of Scotland’s world-class universities


What do we do?

We build local and international collaborations that leverage Scottish research excellence to attract new sources of funding to Scotland

We work to develop large-scale partnerships with industry that benefit Scottish society and its economy

We give the academic community access to cutting-edge laboratory facilities that enhance research quality and result in cost efficiencies

We raise Scotland’s Life Sciences research profile on the world stage and partner with overseas institutions

We invest in promising young researchers who will become the next generation of leading scientists 


SULSA achievements

Leveraged £370M research funding in 6 years from a £27M investment from SFC

Recruited 25 leading or up-and-coming academics to Scotland

Funded 90 collaborative PhD Studentships with industry and between SULSA universities 

25 core facilities made available to 11,000 researchers

Benefits from significant investment in knowledge exchange with industry 

Connected the Scottish Life Sciences community

Created responsive and effective training programmes for young researchers, which capitalise on resources from 6 universities


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