SciFi: From Scientists to Innovators for Industry


If you are a young life scientist, SciFi can give you the skills you need to thrive as an innovator in the healthcare industry.

Transitioning from academic research to working in the pharma and medtech industries can be challenging. This course helps you overcome that challenge with the guidance of academic and industry partners, so that you can learn from real-life cases and have the opportunity to work with experienced mentors.

Applications for the 2022 are currently closed.

What you get

Curriculum details

The programme offers two tracks of learning: the Full Programme and the Light Programme. Both tracks involve an three-month online learning programme.


The Full Programme:

Take part in the online learning modules – including seven core modules and three industry-specific modules – participate in all the events and webinars, and receive mentoring from the best industry experts. In this programme you will:

  • Complete all seven core modules and at least one bonus module
  • Participate in all events and webinars
  • Complete assignments after each module
  • Receive at least two hours of mentoring
  • Solve a real industry case study: Participants will be divided into interdisciplinary teams of five and will work jointly to develop a solution to a real-life industry case. The solution will be presented to a jury and industry partners at the final event
  • Pitch with your team during the final event of the programme
  • Commit approximately 4-5 hours per week from September to December 2022


The Light Programme:

Take part in the eight-week online programme, participate in the recruitment events and go at your own pace by fulfilling the assignments on your own:

  • Complete all seven core modules and at least one bonus module
  • Participate in the midterm and recruitment events
  • Commit approximately 1.5 hours a week from September to December 2022

Key details


  • Blended

Key dates:

  • Kick-off: 2-3 September 2022 – Lodz
  • Mid-term presentations: 28 October 2022 – Online
  • Final event: 4-5 December 2022 – Vienna*


  • Full programme: Participation fee of €500 – includes certificate. Early applicants to this programme receive a special “early bird reduction” of 50% until 30 April 2022.
  • Light programme: Participation fee of €100 – possibility to receive certificate for an additional €50

We are offering 10 sponsored spots for the Full Programme:

  • 5 spots for applicants that come from and are currently employed in RIS countries
  • 5 spots for Ukrainian researchers

More Information

Download Sci Fi’s FAQs document.

*It is currently planned to have the kick-off and final events in person, however this depends on COVID-19 restrictions

Who should apply

This programme is for you if you’re a young scientist based in any Horizon Europe country who:

  • is working at university, research institute or clinic
  • is a PhD candidate in any area in healthcare – especially MedTech and Pharma
  • or has a Postdoc in healthcare

Want to find out more?

Webinars are a great opportunity to learn more about this programme and to get all your questions answered by the Sci Fi team, you can watch one of our webinars recording here.

Ready to apply?

Applications for the 2022 edition are currently closed. Take a look to our education programmes to find your right fit.


Meet the team