The Academy’s research institutes offer excellent facilities for its own research teams and for guest researchers. The institutes were founded to develop subject areas considered important, and were often funded by donations.
Over the years, the Academy has been engaged in numerous research institutions, and many of them have been transferred to the state. These include the National Museum of Natural History in Stockholm and Abisko Scientific Research Station. On 1 January 2013, the Institute for Solar Physics was transferred to Stockholm University. It then became a national research infrastructure supported by the Swedish Research Council.
Nowadays the Academy manages the four institutes below.
Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics
The institute started its work at the Academy in 1977. Since 1991 it has been working in the border area between ecology and economics. Its research programme includes proprietorship and other legal institutions for handling natural resources, the buffer capacity of ecological-economic systems, and the economic value of ecological systems.
The foundation, founded in 1791, is a botanical research institute located in the Bergius Botanic Garden in Stockholm and employing about 20 people. The Edvard Anderson Conservatory, open since 1985 and specialising in plants from Mediterranean-type climates, is run by the foundation.
Center for History of Science
The center was established in 1988, and affords researchers possibilities to study the Academy's rich collections. Sited in the Academy building, the center also takes care of the Academy Archives and collection of instruments, and its Nobel Archives.
Institut Mittag-Leffler in Djursholm near Stockholm is an international institute for mathematics, to which mathematicians are invited from all over the world for research and discussion.