development of coastal areas and infrastructure along the Northern Sea Route;
improvement of methods and technologies for research in the Arctic, corresponding to perspective needs for the development of the Russian Arctic;
expanding the resource base of the Russian Arctic to meet Russia's needs for hydrocarbon and biological resources, strategic raw materials;
improving the efficiency and reliability of the energy base development, taking into account the dispersed distribution of energy consumers and the use of various energy carriers;
development of the Russia’s continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean and implementation of Russia's sovereign rights in the exclusive economic zone of the Russian Federation in the Arctic;
elimination of the environmental consequences of anthropogenic activities, conservation and protection of the natural environment of the Arctic in the face of increasing economic activity and global climate change;
study impacts of climate change on circumpolar regions, on the state and composition of the ecosystems of the Arctic;
development of measures ensuring the protection of the population and territories of the Russian Arctic to the threat of emergency situations of natural and antropogenous origin;
efficient agricultural production for food security and coastal development;
improving the quality of life of the population in the Arctic, including indigenous peoples, preserving its traditional way of life and traditional economic activity, as well as cultural heritage sites;
maintaining a balance of labor resources, improving the system of training and additional professional education for the balanced development of the Russian Arctic;
advanced scientific and technological development and accelerated implementation of scientific developments in production to ensure development of the regions and municipalities in the Russian Arctic;
development of bilateral and multilateral research cooperation with scientific organizations from the Arctic and non-Arctic states.
Areas of research competence: biology, ecology, chemistry, geology, geophysics, agriculture and aquaculture, economics, sociology, political and international studies, ethnography and culture.