Evaluation Criteria

Applicants have to ensure that sufficient information is provided in the proposal to enable a thorough evaluation of all criteria.

Criteria Weighting

1)     Scientific and technical quality of the ship-time proposal

a)     General scientific background

      • Is the current state of knowledge in the research area well described?
      • Are cited references relevant and reflect the state-of-the-art?

b)     Specific aims of the access

      • Is the proposed topic of high scientific quality?
      • Are the research objectives and expected outputs of the proposal clearly stated? Are they achievable?
      • To which extent do the expected results lead to a progress beyond the current state-of-the-art?
      • Does the access provide added value to an already funded/ongoing project?

2)     Quality of the work programme

      • Is the work plan adequate? Is it clearly described and well defined? Is the research area, the number of planned stations and transects well justified? Can the proposed work plan be realized in the set time?
      • Are the scheduled tasks and methods adequate to the set objectives? Is it clearly stated which methods and equipment will be employed?



3)     Scientific qualification/track record of the proposing PI and remote participants

      • Background/track record of the PI and remote participants (if applicable)

4)     Technical capability to carry out the research cruise and data exploitation

      • Is all necessary equipment available to carry out the proposed project?
      • Is a clear concept presented how the proposed access will be conducted by the crew/technicians on board the research vessel?
      • Is a clear concept presented how the gathered data will be shared with shore based scientists, analysed and published?
      • Will data be fed into international/national data banks or models?
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