Applications for ship time require the submission of cruise proposals. When compiling a cruise proposal, applicants must account for a lead time of one to four years, depending on the size of the vessel. Furthermore, for logistical reasons, the research vessels have specific large-scale working areas, which must also be considered in the planning. Detailed instructions on compiling research cruise proposals are provided in the Cruise Proposal Preparation Instructions.
Cruise proposals are to be submitted via this portal's online submission system. To do so, you must register for the system and log in on the ‘Submission’ page. To submit a proposal in the system, you must fill in project data (1.0 Cover Page), upload a map of the proposed working area as a JPG, PNG or GIF file, and upload the complete cruise proposal document as a PDF file.
The Submission System is open for submitting proposals (see subpage "Submission").
Please note: Proposals for the use of POLARSTERN and HEINCKE can only be submitted via this portal's submission platform. Other ways of submission are no longer accepted. Further information on lead times and time slots for users for these vessels can be found here: