From Scientists to Innovators for Industry (SciFi)

Blended learning programme offered by EIT Health


You are a (young) scientist wanting to change from an academic, research driven setting to an industry career path? And you have a keen desire to actually apply your research on a medical problem to improve patients’ lives but are concerned if you possess the right skill set in order to make this change to industry?

Then we have exactly the right program for you, where you will learn and apply industry specific skills in order facilitate your transition from academia to industry.

From Scientists to Innovators for Industry / SCIFI is a 3 month blended-learning program consisting of online modules (with 7 basic modules and 5 industry specific modules), webinars, mentoring sessions and rounded off by three events (kick-off, mid program and final event).

Why get involved?
Learn skills that our industry partners considered vital for a successful onboarding to industry:

Soft skills:             Module 1: Communication and Collaboration

Creative skills:      Module 2: Understanding your customer needs, design thinking, prototyping

    Module 3: Strategic management

Business skills:    Module 4: Project management

    Module 5: Operational management

    Module 6: IP

    Module 7: Finance & market access & Pricing

Industry specific skills:
Bonus modules on: Medical Device Regulation, Digital transformation, Patient engagement, Patient data & GDPR, Clinical Trials.

  • Learn, apply and present your skills in a team (working on an industry case study)
  • Enjoy coaching from mentors from industry and academia
  • Receive recruitment coaching and networking with potential employers at the final event.




How it works
Depending on your time commitment that you are able to make, we are offering two different tracks: a Full Program and a Light Program.





The Full Program: participants take part in the online learning modules (7 core modules and 3 industry specific modules), 3 events and webinars, and additionally also receive mentoring.

  • Take part in kick-off event (02. – 03.09.2022 in Lodz, Poland), midterm event (online on 28.10.2022) and final event (04.-05.12.2022 in Vienna)
  • Complete all 7 core modules and min. 1 bonus module
  • Participate in webinars
  • Complete assignments after each module
  • Take at least 2 hours of mentoring
  • Prepare and present final pitch (with a team)
  • Pay a participation fee of 500€ -certificate included (early bird applicants till the 30.05.2022 get a 50% discount and pay 250€)
  • Time commitment from September to December 2022: approximately 5 hours per week

Participants of the mentoring track will work together in multidisciplinary teams of 5 and will jointly develop a solution to a real life industry case, which you will then present to a jury and industry partners at the final event.

The Light Programme: participants take part in the online learning modules (with access to the final event)

  • Complete all 7 core modules and min. 1 bonus module
  • Pay a participation fee of 100€
  • participants may receive a certificate (additional 50€)
  • Time commitment from September to December 2022: approximately 1,5 hours per week

We are offering 10 funded spots for the Full Programme– 5 for Ukrainian researchers and 5 for researchers from RIS countries:

EIT Health Alumni also get a 50% discount on the full programme and also on the light programme. 

For more information visit:

Who should apply?
Young scientists (PhDs and PostDocs) who are interested in starting a career in industry.

Important Dates
Application: 15.03.2022 – 30.06.2022

Kick-off event: 02.-03.09.2022 in Lodz (Poland)
Modules from 03.09.2022 through to 09.12.2022
Mid Program event: 28.10.2022 (online)
Final Event: 04.-05.12.2022 in Vienna (Austria)

SciFi consists of a large consortium of academic and industry partners from MedTech and Pharma

Academic partners:

Industry Partners/ Non-academic Partners:


For further information contact: