The Tromsø Research Foundation (TFS) was created by Trond Mohn on March 28th, 2007. The foundation aims to provide funding and support for long-term research and research-promoting activities, including research-based recruitment at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. The foundation also supports comparable activities at other institutions in the country that are actively cooperating with UiT.
The foundation has awarded money for the following purposes:
The foundation has no employees. In February of 2016, the administration responsible for daily activities moved from their offices at UiT to a new location at Norinnova Technology Transfer AS. The administration consists of one permanent position (rented on a consultancy basis) that coordinates the work of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and the Advisory Committee.
The foundation administers funds in ways that align with the foundation’s purpose in a safe and secure manner.
TFS has a sister foundation in Bergen called the Bergen Research Foundation (BFS) that has been created on the basis of the Mohn-family donations. TFS and BFS work closely together on administrative tasks and share similar priorities.