Explore our funding opportunities and learn about previously funded projects and their impact


SULSA Innovation Seed Funding Call

With the launch of our new initiative, Research Innovation Scotland, SULSA are running an Innovation Seed Fund. Researchers can 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.

This fund is aimed at early lecturers/PIs to support development of their independent research and their affiliation with the industry sector. The project should aim to foster collaborations across the academic and industry sector and drive novel and exciting research and innovation.

Status: Open
Application Deadline:
Monday 1st March 2021 (extended by 2 weeks to accommodate those affected by lockdown measures)


Microscopy Facilities Call

SULSA are supporting the Scottish Microscopy Society to create a new database for microscopy facilities in Scotland, to work beyond barriers and encourage collaboration. This associated funding call will enable facility managers to enhance the capabilities of their systems through hardware and software upgrades.

Website: The Scottish Microscopy Facilities Database

Status: Opens Monday 22nd February 2021


SULSA ECR Development Fund

The global pandemic has created significant challenges for our early career researchers, in particular those looking to develop their own independent research line. In response to this SULSA has developed a new call, which builds on the success of the PECRE fund. This funding aims to support researchers in their endeavours to develop their own novel research track.
Status: Closed – applications currently under review



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

Status: Call closed


previously funded projects


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.


Various Funded Projects

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

  • 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.