In its initial phase, the Solander Program will be primarily (although not exclusively) directed towards younger scientists at the Honours (Examensarbetare), Masters, Doctoral, Post-doctoral and Research Fellow levels. The program recognises that younger scientists are at the cutting-face of research, are more open to new ideas, have greater mobility and will gain most from the establishment of international contacts. They are also less likely to possess their own funds.

As the wealth of the program grows, greater support for senior scientists will also be available.