SciLifeLab National Postdoctoral COFUND Program – SciLifeLab PULSE

SciLifeLab has the ambition to join with Swedish Universities to form a National SciLifeLab postdoc program, SciLifeLab PULSE – Program for fUture Leaders in life SciencE, with the aim to train future research leaders in Life Science. The goal is for the program to be co-funded through the MSCA COFUND program. The program will offer a holistic approach – research and leadership – with particular focus on innovative research linked to DDLS, utilization & industry. A proposal has been submitted and decision is expected in Q2/Q3.


The purpose of the program is to strengthen the research network in Sweden in the long term by increasing the recruitment of international, highly qualified postdoc candidates in Life Science, and through mobility between universities and industry within the program.

SciLifeLab have invited representatives from the Universities of Sweden to participate in the design of the program, as well as representatives from the Life Science industry. The aim is to create a nationwide consortium to ensure excellence and the implementation of the program in the best possible way.

The planned program has 10 Implementing university partners and 15 non-academic industrial partners.


June 17

Program Information meeting for key persons and stakeholders

August 30

Program Information meeting for Group Leaders

September 23

Program Workshop

  • Create a COFUND consortium with representation of the program’s constituent parties
  • Strengthen collaboration around the national postdoctoral education across organizations and sectors
  • Ensure that budget and program models are accepted by all parties
  • Compile universities’ contributions to the program in the form of training & courses
  • Review the possibility of secondments (at universities and industrial parties)
  • Provide additional stakeholders with the opportunity to influence the program and the design of the application

October 27

Program Information meeting for Group Leaders

February 9, 2023

Proposal SciLifeLab PULSE submitted in HORIZON-MSCA-2022-COFUND-01 call. Decision in Q2/Q3.

Key Figures

  • Recruitment of 48 postdocs in two phases 2024-2028
  • 10 university partners (GU, KTH, LiU, LU, KI, MaU, SU, ÖrU, UU and UmU) and 15 industrial partners
  • 15 industrial partners (including Affibody, Akiram, Beactica Therapeutics, Lipum, Prosilico, Quretech Bio, Red Glead Discovery, RISE, TestaCenter, Toleranzia and the industry organisations Lif & SwedenBIO)
  • Goal to co-fund program through MSCA-COFUND with 73 MSEK
  • Training package for future leaders in Life Science, e.g. data management, Open Science, FAIR principles, cutting edge technologies, project leading, grant writing, communication, innovation & entrepreneurship

Project group

  • Mia Phillipson, SciLifeLab Co-Director
  • Per Ljungdahl, Campus Solna Director
  • Kristian Sandberg, Platform co-Director DDD
  • Jessica Lindvall, SciLifeLab Training hub Lead
  • Disa Hammarlöf, Operations office
  • Mojgan Seraji, Operations office
  • Per Lek, Operations office

SciLifeLab PULSE

SciLifeLab PULSE is a MSCA-COFUND Postdoctoral programme designed to recruit and train 48 postdocs in two tracks; Entrepreneurial (upper) and Academic (lower)

Last updated: 2023-03-20

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