Six Scottish universities are teaming up to launch a life sciences alliance in a bid to see off global competition.
Six Scottish universities have teamed up for the alliance
The £77m project aims to transform biology and life science research.
The universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Strathclyde, Dundee and St Andrews will pool their research to attract new academic staff.
They say the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and university investment will strengthen an area that is key to the health and wealth of Scotland.
Eighteen new research posts and 24 support posts are set to be created.
Roger McClure, chief executive of the SFC, said: "Life sciences is one of the jewels in Scotland's research crown.
"By pooling their resources the partners will be better equipped to face the challenges of global research competition.
"They will also contribute to Scotland's health and economy through discoveries and through the critical mass of excellence they can offer to commercial companies in this dynamic sector of Scotland's economy."