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The Research in Svalbard (RiS) database

All research projects in Svalbard should be registered in the Research in Svalbard (RiS) database.

Screenshot: The database offers open access to all relevant information in one place. It is a valuable tool for coordination and cooperation for those carrying out research in Svalbard and a place to search for information about activity in the field.

In the RiS database, registered projects may submit applications and reports to the Governor of Svalbard and book services in Ny-Ålesund.

The database provides open access to anyone wishing to search among registered projects and does not require them to have a user name or password. Project participants will receive a dedicated user name and password and may enter data from their own projects, whereas project managers will be granted the highest access level, allowing them to register research projects and apply for relevant authorisations.

It is mandatory to register all research projects requiring authorisation pursuant to the Svalbard Environmental Protection Act or which will be carried out in Ny-Ålesund or Hornsund via the RiS database. Svalbard-related research projects receiving funding from the Research Council of Norway are also required to register via RiS.

All other research projects with a connection to Svalbard are encouraged to register in the database.

Visit the RiS database at to search for research activities and to register and update projects.