ReaL - Research and leadership programme

The research and leadership programme, ReaL, is a competence and career programme for research leaders at Umeå University. The programme is part of the university's efforts to support researchers' skills and career development, adapted to the career paths available in the new employment scheme.



The objective of the ReaL programme is to act as competence support for researchers at different stages of their careers, which includes:

  • learning and developing skills regarding leadership, especially focusing on research leadership
  • supporting the development of successful research environments, both existing and future environments
  • supporting your individual career development and continuing academic growth.

A specific goal of the initiative is to focus on you as a research leader and develop your ability to combine a high level of creativity with good research leadership.

The programme is divided into three steps depending on where you are in your career, and each step adds to the other. This means that you can choose to participate in only one of the steps, but also that you can take all of them.

Read more about the three steps

Information about the three steps:

All elements in the programme is held in English.

Programme overview

Programme overview 2022-2027


ReaL Step 1 - application is open 2 October - 6 November 2023

ReaL Step 2 - application closed

ReaL Step 3 - application opening spring 2025


Project leaders



Anna-Lill Drugge
Associate professor at Department of Language Studies
📞 090- 786 99 43



Jon Moen
Professor, Department of Ecology and Environmental Science (EMG)
📞 090- 786 96 47

Therese Holmgren