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Suspension of the regular call for proposals for the research vessels SONNE, METEOR and MARIA S. MERIAN

Due to dynamic developments during the pandemic, there has been an important change for the submission of cruise proposals: For the research ships SONNE, METEOR and MARIA S. MERIAN, regular cruise proposals will no longer be accepted for submission by the current deadline of March 1, 2021. This also affects cruise proposals that have already been submitted. For these research ships, only cruise proposals that follow the guidelines of the pandemic-related additional call can be submitted.

Cruise proposals for the research ships POLARSTERN, HEINCKE, ALKOR and ELISABETH MANN BORGESE are NOT affected, and the regular call persists for these vessels.

The Submission System was closed on March 01, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Data Privacy Statement

For processing your cruise proposal, all necessary data will be stored on the servers of Projektträger Jülich and the GPF Office at German Research Foundation (DFG) and Helmholtz Association. When registering with and using the submission system, you will be asked to provide personal data. It is not possible for us to process your cruise proposal without this information. The data will be stored in our systems and used solely for the purposes as related to your request. This may involve forwarding your information to reviewers, to the German Research Vessels Review Panel (Gutachterpanel Forschungsschiffe, GPF), and to the ship operating institutions. In individual cases and where necessary, this may also involve disclosing your data to a third party that may be based outside of Germany.

By submitting your cruise proposal you consent to these terms. You may withdraw your consent at any time. Withdrawing your consent will not affect the lawfulness of any processing we conducted prior to your withdrawal.

Further information on these matters can be found in the section "Privacy Policy".

Please note: Proposals for the use of POLARSTERN and HEINCKE can only be submitted via this portal's submission platform. Other ways are no longer accepted.

Further information on lead times and time slots for users for these vessels can be found here: