On April 3, 2012, Minister for Education Jan Björklund announced during a press conference that SciLifeLab is to become a national resource for the life sciences in the broadest sense from 2013. The government's plan is that SciLifeLab will, within a few years, employ around 1,000 scientists, with a turnover of SEK 1 billion per year.

SciLifeLab is a collaboration between Stockholm University, the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Karolinska Institutet (KI) and Uppsala University. SciLifeLab provides technology and expertise in the fields of genomics, comparative genetics, proteomics, bioimageing and functional geonomics.
SciLifeLab is a collaboration between Stockholm University, the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Karolinska Institutet (KI) and Uppsala University. SciLifeLab provides technology and expertise in the fields of genomics, comparative genetics, proteomics, bioimageing and functional geonomics.
The Vice-Chancellors/Presidents of the four universities that together fund SciLifeLab—KI, KTH, Stockholm University and Uppsala University—welcome the move. 
 
"Stockholm University's outstanding research in the molecular bioscience and bioinformatics will continue to be central to SciLifeLab and we obviously welcome the fact that this collaboration will now be given the status of a national research institute," said Stockholm University's Vice-Chancellor Kåre Bremer.
In addition to government funding, the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation is to invest SEK 220 million in infrastructure support for the life sciences. This figure includes SEK 58.5 million which will fund the bioinformatics research conducted by Professor Gunnar von Heijne of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.  Astra Zeneca will also invest USD 5-10 million per year for a five year period to research projects at SciLifeLab.
 
"The infrastructure and the skills that will be available at SciLifeLab are necessary for Sweden to keep pace with international developments, but cannot be established at a single institution. The new investment also presents opportunities to recruit outstanding young scientists to Sweden," added Kåre Bremer.