Regardless of your particular field of work, you are welcome to seek support from units at SciLifeLab. Most of our technologies are agnostic to applications, meaning they can be used to address questions in a range of life science disciplines, e.g. precision medicine, ecosystem surveillance and evolutionary biology.
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Our infrastructure technologies are always evolving in response to the rapid global advances in the field. Unit staff collaborate closely with academic experts and industry partners, creating a unique testbed for technology development and breakthrough research.
Continuous technology scouting and rigorous evaluation by international experts ensure that we remain at the cutting edge of life science technology. Technologies that no longer fulfil the strict criteria of national SciLifeLab Units, or that become widely available to the research community, are phased out to make way for emerging capabilities.
SciLifeLab Technology Development Projects (TDPs) have received two-year funding for the development and optimization of technologies that can help our infrastructure units offer improved and new services to their users.
Hungry for a course in RNA sequencing, Python programming, CryoEM image processing – or something completely different? SciLifeLab organizes more than 100 courses annually within the scope of biomolecular sciences.
In 2019, SciLifeLab served a total of 1 355 unique users. 14 % of the users were based in healthcare, industry and other governmental agencies. The remaining portion, a total of 1 283 users, were based in academia.
In addition, the bioinformatics unit Compute and Storage had over 1 100 unique user accounts, representing researchers from all over Sweden using the data storage and computing capacity offered by the unit.
As SciLifeLab is a national infrastructure, the distribution of users is an important metric. In 2019, SciLifeLab served a total of 1 283 academic users – 51 % of which were based at institutions outside of SciLifeLab’s host universities.
Our national infrastructure is made up of ten technology platforms, each of which comprises a number of service units and are managed by appointed Platform Directors. For every unit, there is a Platform Scientific Director leading the scientific direction and a Head of Unit in charge of the daily operations.
SciLifeLab is a national resource, open for researchers within academia, health care and industry from all over Sweden. International users are also welcome.
Swedish academic researchers using the platforms and units available at SciLifeLab typically pay for reagents, consumables, instrument time and part of labor related costs. Users from health care and companies are charged according to a full cost model. International academic users are also usually charged full cost, but are advised to contact the platform or unit directly to get information about the corresponding user fee policy.
The prioritization of service requests and project proposals differs between platforms and units, and is also dependent on the scope of the request. For standardized services, the “first-come first-served” principle is usually employed, while more comprehensive project proposals are prioritized based on feasibility analyses and judged degree of scientific impact. For large scale projects, platforms and units usually consult external prioritization bodies for the selection process. For more information, please contact the platform or unit directly.
Waiting times varies between platforms and unit, and is highly dependent on the current demand from users, as well as on the type and amount of analyses and services asked for. Please contact the platform or unit directly describing your request to get an estimate on the waiting time.