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 established numerous research institutions, and many of them have expanded and later been transferred to the state. These include the National Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute and Abisko Scientific Research Station. Nowadays the Academy manages five institutes and one Academy research programme.
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 programmes 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, today has as its main task to finance the Bergianus professorship, Professor Bergianus. Hanna Johannesson is the current Professor Bergianus and through a collaboration with Stockholm University, she conducts her research at one of the university’s research laboratories. The foundation also manages Edvard Anderson Conservatory, which specialises in plants from regions with Mediterranean climate, and a number of historical collections of objects, portraits and herbariums.
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 in Stockholm, the center also takes care of the Academy Archives and collection of instruments, and its Nobel Archives.
Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere
The Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere programme (GEDB) is a five-year Academy research programme at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences addressing the economic dynamics of global change and its implications for a sustainable future. It is funded by the Erling-Persson Family Foundation.
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.
Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformation (SIGHT)
The purpose of the institute is to promote Swedish research and education in global health, based on an interdisciplinary approach, and to offer a scientific basis for policy work within
the field of global health.