The Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research (NVP) is a non-profit foundation, established on 27 March 2008, and with its main office in the Arctic, at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. The Academy’s Board consists of a President, a Vice President and four Board members. The Board manages the Academy’s assets and implements activities for promotion of the Academy’s mission. An office manager at UNIS in a 40% position and a Secretary General in a 20% position take care of the daily administration of the Academy.

The Academy currently has 173 individual members and one honorary member spread across 18 countries. The Academy also has five institutional members, which provides support to the activities and which are contributing to the Academy’s profile, which is interdisciplinary, socially relevant and user-oriented.

Norway’s King Harald is the Academy’s patron.