Who? What? When? Where? How?
UBI supports life science projects from a very early stage
onwards - from the so- called pre-seed financing at the
proof-of-concept stage. We have the expertise, capability and
facilities to support projects from most life science disciplines.
Read on to find out how the process of becoming a UBI sponsored
Have you got an idea?
Do you already have a concept about how to develop your
scientific research into, for example, a diagnostic kit, a
potential drug, or a methodological kit?
Or maybe your idea revolves around using your bench science
applied to everyday articles or consumer products?
UBI could be the place where your idea comes to life.
Are you not quite there yet and still have a way to go? Are you
about to publish something with commercial potential?
Whatever your situation, we would like to be in touch with you
to discuss how we can support you in making the most of your
If you are interested you can also download an information
folder on how we can help you to explore your scientific
How and when?
If you have a business idea, the first step in realizing its
potential is to contact us, and
describe the project to one of our business
coaches. There is no need to worry about disclosing your ideas to
us because everyone who works for UBI is bound by strict
If we consider that a project has the potential of developing
into a UBI project and receiving support and financing, we arrange
for a meeting with you so that we can get to know you, and get a
better understanding of the business idea.
Researchers and entrepreneurs may be given input and advice on
aspects of their business idea which need investigating more
thoroughly or addressing from a different angle.
As the business idea becomes more concrete, you (with guidance
from our experts) can start preparing the plans regarding
project activities and financing, which are needed in the
And once the business idea is fully defined, researchers can
apply to be accepted as a project at UBI. At this point, you will
be required complete an application
Upon submission, your application will be subjected to an
internal review at UBI and you will be asked to present your
project to a panel of reviewers. UBI's scientific board will make
an evaluation based on the following criteria:
- Good scientific quality
- Market potential
- Fit with the profile of UBI
The board will make its final decision of acceptance or
rejection based on the recommendation of the scientific board. If
your application is accepted, you will meet with UBI consultants to
draft a detailed project plan with timelines and sign an agreement
with UBI. You are then ready to start your activities at UBI.
Welcome to UBI!
Who can apply?
If you have an idea in the field of life science or an idea that
requires wet laboratory space, UBI may be the place for both you
and your idea to develop.
Most projects at UBI originate from research organizations in
the Umeå area such as Umeå University, Sveriges
Lantbruksuniversitet (SLU), Norrlands Universitetssjukhus (NUS) and
Försvarets forskningsinstitut (FOI).
However, UBI can also support researchers and innovations from
outside of this region, provided that the development is carried
out in Umeå at UBI!
What are the criteria for projects at UBI?