Research in the Faroe Islands

A thriving and growing culture

 

 

A Diverse Research Landscape

There are several institutes, laboratories, museums and private companies working on original research projects in the Faroe Islands.

International collaboration is essential to the quality of Faroese research and innovation. Faroese researchers participate in many international networks, and the Faroese research and innovation landscape is to a large extent anchored in international partnerships.

 

higher education sector

Education and research

The Faroe Islands have an institution of higher education which is also a centre for research. 

The University of the Faroe Islands   - Fróðskaparsetur Føroya - is a research and education institution. 

Research is conducted in a number of fields that are being taught at the university. The university collaborates closely with other research institutions and with private companies in certain research areas. The university also collaborates with several universities in neighbouring countries.

The university has five faculties. 

The Faculty of Science and Technology   conducts research and offers higher education in geophysics, information technology and biology. 

 

 

 

 

 

research institutes

Health, biology and environment

There are several governmental research institutes in the Faroe Islands. The institutes mainly conduct research in marine, natural and medical sciences.

Some of the institutes also have specific tasks assigned by the government.

Most institutes have substantial collaboration with international research institutes on joint research projects.

The National Hospital of the Faroe Islands - Landssjúkrahúsið - has in recent years been involved in a growing number of research projects.

 

 

Faroe Marine Research Institute - Havstovan - conducts research on marine climate and ecosystems in Faroese waters.

The institute conducts regular research cruises with its research vessel, Jákup Sverri.

 

 

The National Archives (in Faroese) - Tjóðskjalasavnið - conducts research in administrative and political history.

The institute collects and preserves documents of historical value or of administrative and legal importance to citizens and authorities.

 

 

 

 

 

industrial sector

Private research programmes

The industry participates in several research projects conducted by governmental research institutes. A few private companies have research programmes of their own.

Research Park iNOVA is a scientific environment in Tórshavn providing access to modern laboratories, high-end instruments, offices and event location for private companies and public institutions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a thriving and growing research culture in the Faroe Islands, with several institutes, laboratories, museums and private companies working on original research projects.

International collaboration is essential to the quality of Faroese research and innovation. Faroese researchers participate in many international networks, and the Faroese research and innovation landscape is to a large extent anchored in international partnerships.

higher education sector

Education and research

There is one university in the Faroe Islands.

The University of the Faroe Islands - Fróðskaparsetur Føroya - is a research and education institution.

Research is conducted in a number of fields that are being taught at the university. The university collaborates closely with other research institutions and with private companies in certain research areas. The university also collaborates with several universities in neighbouring countries.

The university has five faculties.

The Faculty of Science and Technology offers higher education and conducts research in geophysics, information technology and biology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Funding for Research

Financial support for research projects or studies in the Faroe Islands may be achieved from funds in the Faroe Islands.

 

fAROEse funding

Faroese government support

Several fully or partially government funds in the Faroe Islands offer financial support for research projects.

The Business Development Fund is a partly government funded fund supporting initiatives which diversify commercial enterprise and increase the use of knowledge. The fund provides grants for e.g. development of goods and services, innovative projects and research and study projects.

Grants are given to Faroese concerns only. Foreign researchers cooperating with a Faroese concern can apply for grants from the Business Development Fund.

Applications are considered every month.

Read more:

Business Development Fund (in Faroese)

 

 

 

 

 

Policies on Research and Innovation

Research policies in the Faroe Islands are based on an Act of Research, Development and Innovation and a National Action Plan.  

 

research policies

Merging of Research and Innovation

The Faroese Parliament has recently passed a new Act which merges research, development and innovation.

A National Action Plan for Research was adopted by the Faroese Science Council in 2011. The headline for the policy was Knowledge & Growth. 

The Plan set the framework for the joint effort of the political system, the research community and the administration to organize and strenghten Faroese research from 2011 to 2015.

A new strategic plan for Research, Development and Innovation will be set up by the new council responsible for the area.