Ship time is allocated on the basis of scientific cruise proposals. The evaluation of these cruise proposals of German research vessels POLARSTERN, METEOR, SONNE, MARIA S. MERIAN, POSEIDON, ALKOR, HEINCKE, and ELISABETH MANN BORGESE is carried out by a transparent joint evaluation process (list of GPF members) according to standard evaluation criteria, since autumn 2017. The recommendations of the science council in 2010 will be implemented by the introduction of this joint evaluation process ("Empfehlungen zur zukünftigen Entwicklung der deutschen marinen Forschungsflotte, 2010"). Using unified standardized criteria it will be ensured that the expedition results will be available.
For your information, please refer to the following document provided to all external reviewers regarding the review criteria: guidelines for reviewing cruise proposals .