Applications for ship time can be made in the form of cruise proposals. When compiling a cruise proposal, applicants must allow 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.
A cruise proposal should contain a scientific justification, the programme of activities of the planned expedition, and general information (person to contact, organization, contact details, etc.). More detailed instructions on compiling research cruise proposals are provided in the Guidelines.
Applications are made through an online submission system. To do so, you must register for the system and log in on the ‘Submission’ page. To submit an application 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 project outline (2.0 Cruise Proposal) as a PDF file.
The submission system is opened. Cruise proposals can be submitted from December 17, 2018 to February 28, 2019 until 10:00 a.m. (see subpage "Submission").
RV POSEIDON: In the time period from April 13 to 28, 2019 unused research capacities on RV POSEIDON are available in the Southwest Baltic Sea (only German EEZ). On this basis cruise proposals of this leg can be submitted until February 8, 2019. Kiel is planned as the starting and final port.
These are the deadlines for submission of proposals for RV POLARSTERN:
ALL OTHER RESEARCH VESSELS: Proposals for main or secondary use can be submitted from December 17, 2018.