Operation Area of the Vessels

German Research Vessels Portal

In the field of basic marine research, Germany has a very efficient fleet of research vessels at its disposal. As universal platforms, the vessels facilitate research in all marine science disciplines and in the waters of all oceans.

This portal provides a platform for scientists working at publicly funded research institutions (universities, institutions of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, institutions of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Scientific Association, institutes of the Max Planck Society, and subordinate federal authorities) to submit cruise proposals for the research vessels POLARSTERN, METEOR, SONNE, MARIA S. MERIAN, ALKOR, HEINCKE, and ELISABETH MANN BORGESE. Proposals for secondary use of RV POLARSTERN are accepted also from scientists who are employed at a research institution outside Germany. The decision on which research groups will be allocated access to the research vessels is made in the framework of an evaluation procedure based on scientific criteria.

The evaluation of cruise proposals is carried out by a joint evaluation process since autumn 2017. For further information, please refer to the subpage "Evaluation".

Short cruise of one to three working days aiming at the test of scientific equipment under development can be requested directly at the ship operators (see subpage "Contact").

News and Announcements

Decommission of RV POSEIDON
RV POSEIDON will be decommissioned in December 2019. As of now, no cruise proposals for RV POSEIDON will be accepted anymore.

Announcement of the Status Conference Research Vessels 2020

From March 24 to 25, 2020 the Status Conference Research Vessels 2020 will take place at the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM) in Oldenburg. Two years after completion of the cruises with the research vessels SONNE, METEOR and MARIA S. MERIAN, the chief scientists are asked to give an account of the scientific success of their cruise. As part of the conference, three parallel sessions in the fields of biology, oceanography an geology will be held, in which the results of expeditions with the research vessels SONNE, MARIA S. MERIAN and METEOR will be presented. The program is complemented by a poster session - combined with a prize for the best poster, which is selected by an expert jury.

Online Registration Platform

Actual Call (submitted by September 2, 2019)
GPF Panel session: January 09-10, 2020
Feedback to proponents: after February 3, 2020

Future Call:
Submission deadline on German Research Vessels Portal: February 28, 2020 until 10:00 a.m.
GPF Panel session: June 04-05, 2020
Feedback to proponents: after July 03, 2020