ReaL Step 3: Distinguished Research Leader

The third and most advanced step of the ReaL programme aims to stimulate the further development of research environments and research leaders. As a programme participant you will deepen your leadership capabilities and strategic development skills.


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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.

ReaL Step 3 programme started 2021

Read more about Step 1 and Step 2.

Programme objectives

The overall ambition of the Step 3 programme is to stimulate the further development of innovative and ground-breaking research. The programme will especially focus on
• the strategic development of your own research environment
• your personal development as a leader in general and especially as a research leader.

Programme overview

The programme is designed with 9 modules over a period of one year. Each module is approximately a lunch to lunch seminar, often in a conference setting outside Umeå.

Most of the modules contain visits to different successful research environments. One of the modules contains a study tour to EU funding bodies, and an internationally successful research university.

To every meeting a special resource person will be invited. It can be successful research leaders, relevant experts and specialists, politicians etc.

The learning process is primarily based on collegial sharing of experiences and process oriented, in combination with seminars and lectures as inputs for discussions and for further professional and personal development.


(Planning may be subject to change)

Module 1a: Introduction  25 February
Module 1b: Present State - my research  24-25 March
Module 1c: Present State - my leadership  21 April
Module 2: Strategies for Funding Research  27-28 May
Module 3: Organizing and Governing Research  15-16 September
(Stockholm KI/SciLifeLab)
Module 4: Working with Others  20-21 October
(Uppsala, SCAS Prel. Inst. For Futures Studies)
Module 5: Strategies and Visions  18-19 November
(Lund MAX IV; ESS; Circle)
Module 6: Influence and Wider Impact of Research  19-20 January 2022
(Prel. Linköping University)
Module 7: Internal Work and Dialogues  17 February
Module 8: International Outlook  21-25 March
(Prel. Brussels EU Funding Bodies)
Module 9: The Future  24 April (Umeå)

Target group

The programme targets a person who is an established research leader and a professor at Umeå University .

You should preferably have graduated more than 10 years ago. You should have at least 10–15 years left of your active research career.

Further criteria:

The applicant should also have:
• good experiences in leading research groups/research networks
• produced research results with an international impact
• external research funding
• experience from other universities
• a good national and/or international network
• experience as a research leader and supervisor
• an emerging vision for the research field and have a strategy for future research, career and outreach activities
• experience from work in committees, research foundations, evaluation committees and other administrative tasks
• teaching experience.

Further information

To know more about application, selection criteria and the contents of the programme, please download and read the invitation letter.

Invitation to ReaL step 3

contact information

Project leaders



Matts Björklund

Senior consultant, Office for Human Resources
📞 090-786 99 89



Petter Gustafsson

Senior consultant at the Office for Human Resources
📞 090-786 51 59


Administrator Sara Rambe

About ReaL

The research and leadership programme, ReaL, is a competence and career programme for research leaders at Umeå University.

ReaL - Research and Leadership

Sara Rambe