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 one of the steps, but also continue through all three steps.

To find out more about the different steps, please read under the headings "ReaL Step 1", "ReaL Step 2" and "ReaL Step 3" found on this page. Under these headings, you will find all the information you need about applying for the programme. All elements in the programme will be held in English.

Programme overview 2021-2023

ReaL Programme overview of the three steps


To learn more about the target groups for the different steps see the document Career levels Step 1-3.

ReaL Step 1 - application will open in spring 2022

ReaL Step 2 - application will open in autumn 2021

ReaL Step 3 - no planned start at the moment

contact information

Project leaders

Matts Björklund

Office for Human Resources, +46 90-786 99 89

Matts Björklund, seniorkonsult vid Personalenheten under UCL-jubileumet.


 Petter Gustafsson

Petter Gustafsson, professor emeritus vid Institutionen för fysiologisk botanik och seniorkonsult vid Personalenheten.



Administrator Sara Rambe

Sara Rambe