The Council

Following the closure of Kommissionen for Videnskabelige Undersøgelser – KVUG (Greenland Research Commission in Greenland) by the end of 2012, the Greenland Research Council was established few years after.

The legislation of the Council and the Secretariat came into force on 1 January 2014, which was adopted on 29 November 2013.

The first constituent meeting of the Council was held on 29 May 2014.

Fom left: Research Coordinators Najaaraq Paniula and Sten Lund from Research Unit at the Ministry of Nature, Environment, and Research; Member Morten Meldgaard, Vice Chair Thomas Ingeman-Nielsen, Former Member Carl Egede Bøggild, Members Gert Mulvad and Daniel Thorleifsen, Former Members Inge Høst-Seiding and Louise Kolby Christensen, and Chair Josephine Nymand at the NIS Greenland Research Council.


The Council is composed of representatives from all of these research areas:

  • Science
  • Health
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Technology


The 8 members, appointed for 3 years at a time, hold at least 2 meetings a year. The Council sets its own rules of procedure, which are approved by Naalakkersuisut.

Naalakkersuisut appoints the President and other members of the Council in their personal capacity, which means that the individual members are appointed by means of an overall assessment of their professional skills and experience.

Council membership can thus be maintained independently of changes in the employment relationship at a later date, if the member so wishes.

At a member’s resignation during the appointment period, Naalakkersuisut appoints a new member based on the latest recommendations. This member is appointed for the remainding of the 3 year councelling period.

The Greenland Research Council is a national and independent organization, and therefore, in its advice and in its other work, is not subject to instructional authority from Naalakkersuisut.

The Greenland Research Council works to promote and strengthen research in Greenland, which is rooted in and benefits Greenland.

The Greenland Research Council evaluates PhD & PostDoc shcollarships and Research Promotion grant applications, as well as allocates research funding from Research Promotion Pool.