The operators of the large and medium-sized German research vessels have jointly established a procedure which offers the opportunity to exchange the applications for ship time for individual ships. This procedure provides a comparable standard as to the reviews for all ships and thus helps optimizing operation.
Proposals for the use of research vessels POLARSTERN and HEINCKE can only be submitted to the German Research Vessel Evaluation Panel (GPF) via the German Research Vessel Portal (www.portal-forschungsschiffe.de). Here you will also find all the necessary information for writing cruise proposals.
AWI-internal main-user and secondary-user applications for both vessels have to be related very closely to the POV IV programme (exception: Third party funded projects). Therefore, it is necessary to consult the scientific coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the AWI Board of Directors well before submitting an application.
Twice a year, you may submit proposals for all medium and large-scale research vessels: End of February and end of August each year.
For HEINCKE – season 2025:
Submission deadlines: The GPF submission system is permanently open. However, to ensure that expedition proposals are still reviewed in the summer session of the GPF, they should be submitted no later than the end of February 2024.
For POLARSTERN (main use):
TRANSIT: from 2025 (South to North) and later (only applications without significant additional need for shiptime)
Submission deadline: see deadlines HEINCKE
ARKTICA and ANTARKTICA: the long-term cruise planning for expeditions to the polar regions is largely completed by the end of 2027. Interested parties for a main cruise application beyond 2027 please contact the scientific coordinator (email@example.com).
For POLARSTERN (secondary-use):
Again, the GPF submission system is permanently open. However, to ensure that applications for ancillary use are reviewed in time, they should be submitted to the GPF at least 1.5 years before the planned expedition. Applications are currently possible from transit expedition (South-North) Nov/Dec 2024.
Please also keep informed about: www.portal-forschungsschiffe.de
If you have any questions, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org