Biocenter Oulu (established in 1986) is one of the four strategic focus institutes at the University of Oulu. Biocenter Oulu supports high-quality research and coordinates multidisciplinary research activities and doctoral training on the University´s strategic focus area Molecular and environmental basis of life-long health and promotes interdisciplinary networking of research groups as well as co-operation with national and international partners.
Biocenter Oulu strategic focus area spearhead projects are selected for 4-year terms by international evaluation, the current number of such projects being 13 (2016-2019). In addition there are 4 research infrastructure Coordinators' projects and 4 Emerging projects.
Biocenter Oulu research infrastructure core facilities are part of the University of Oulu Infrastructure Unit and they belong to the national distributed Biocenter Finland and the European EuroBioimaging, Infrafrontier and Instruct ESFRI research infrastructure networks.