The programme level refers to larger national or international operational initiatives that include projects by several research groups. The programme can be inter-, multi- or transdisciplinary. The Swedish Polar Research Secretariat provides the operational resources, alone or through an international partnership. The programmes can, for example, revolve around a broad scientific question that unites the field work of several research projects to contribute to the knowledge base. They can also be linked through common geographical areas of interests.
The purpose of the programme support is for the Secretariat to be able to plan and offer participation in larger and more complex field operations based on the interests of the Swedish research community.