The Secretariat has the assignment to ensure the progress of the Research Council to meet the objectives of the Research Advice Act and the Granting of Research Funding by the Government of Greenland, such as involves coordination and prioritization of research efforts in Greenland, strengthening research cooperation within and outside the country, as well as increased dissemination of Greenlandic research.
The primary task of the Secretariat is to provide support the Council in its work to realize the overall research policy objectives. The secretariat shall act as a communication link between the Council, research communities and the public in Greenland.
The Council is served by an independent Secretariat located at the Ministry at any time. The scope and duties of the secretarial service are defined in a contract between the Council and the Ministry.
The secretariat has a number of tasks that include:
- Budgeting and financial follow-up
- Communication internally to the Ministry and external to the public.
- Council communication regarding announcing research funds and grants / rejections as well as reporting, including providing clear descriptions of survey criteria, as well as communicating Council decisions to researchers and the public.
- Statistics on research activities in Greenland.
- Statistics relating to application activities to the Council.
- Coordinate between Greenlandic researchers and civil society and international projects in or about Greenland.
- Analysis of political or social trends to the Council.
About the Secretariat
The Secretariat of the Greenland Research Council was established in spring 2015 and was located in the Department of Education, Culture and Research in the Government of Greenland.
The first secretary of the Greenland Research Council is Steen Jeppson, who is educated cand. mag. in Culture and Society History, University of Greenland.
He was employed as a Research Council Secretary from 2015 to 2016.
Juaaka Lyberth was employed as a consultant at the Secretariat in 2016 until a full-time secretary was found. He is a graduate of cand. mag. in Eskimology, University of Copenhagen.
The third secretary is Arnajaaq Lynge. She is a graduate school teacher, a bachelor of Culture and Society History, and was stud. cand. soc. when she was a part-time Secretariat employee from October 2016.
In January 2017, she graduated as an MSSc – a Master of Social Science in Social Sciences through West Nordic Studies from the University of Greenland thus became full-time Secretariat employee as a Research Council Secretary.
The Secretary of the Council is at the Ministry of Industry, Energi, and Research. The Minister is Jess Svane.
Phone: +299 34 57 61