Published January 17, 2024 | Version v1
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Arctic Research Trends: External Funding 2016-2022

  • 1. Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research & Education (NIFU), Norway
  • 2. Department of Sociology, Umeå University, Sweden
  • 3. UArctic
  • 4. Arctic Centre, Epidemiology and Global Health, Umeå University, Sweden


  • 1. Arctic Centre at Umeå University, Sweden
  • 2. Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska Anchorage, United States


This work was conducted by the University of the Arctic (UArctic) Thematic Network on Research Analytics and Bibliometrics. It was supported by Global Affairs Canada through the Global Arctic Leadership Initiative. The aim of this work is to follow up on previous analyses presented by the UArctic Science & Research Analytics Task Force, i.e. the pilot report “International Arctic Research – Analyzing Global Funding Trends, A Pilot report” (Osipov et al 2016) covering the period 1996-2015 with a specific focus on 2006–2015.

The pilot report, published in 2016, and a close in time follow up report (Osipov et al 2017) were the first-ever attempts at creating a comprehensive view of global Arctic research funding using a dataset of such magnitude. This report is a “refresh” of these two original analyses, showing new data both from funding as well as time scope viewpoints.

As in the pilot report, special attention has been given to describing and partly analyzing trends in the countries of the Arctic Council – both members (1) and observers (2) – as well as their key funding agencies and institutional members of the University of the Arctic.

The results presented in this report share many similarities with those in the previous ones (Osipov et al 2016 & 2017). However, we consider the data more comprehensive, due to the maturing of Dimensions database used to identify funding sources over the years (3). Still, due to large differences in funding systems between different countries, the interpretation of funding trends must always be done with caution.


(1) Canada, Finland, Iceland, Kingdom of Denmark, Norway, Russian Federation, Sweden, United States of America.
(2) France, Germany, Italian Republic, Japan, the Netherlands, People's Republic of China, Poland, Republic of India, Republic of Korea, Republic of Singapore, Spain, United Kingdom.


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