The Commission for Scientific Investigations in Greenland is a Danish-Greenlandic commission coordinating research in Greenland, which has existed since 1878. It serves an advisory function to both the Danish Minister for Science and the Greenland home rule. The commission consists of active researchers from the disciplines of humanities, social science and technical and natural science with equal representation of the two countries and the chair alternating between them.
The Commissions historical emphasis on natural sciences continued with modernization in Greenland after World War II; it even became clear that there was a tremendous need for insight into the social and cultural consequences of these changes. Especially after the establishment of Home Rule in Greenland (1979), pressure from the Greenland government articulated the need for a stronger focus on the social sciences.