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 expedition

      • Is the proposed topic of high scientific quality and does it provide innovative aspects?
      • Are the research objectives and expected outputs of the proposal clearly stated? Are they achievable from a scientific point of view?
      • To which extent do the expected results lead to a progress beyond the current state-of-the-art?

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?
      • Has the proposal assessed any likely risks and are provisions for downtime/bad weather included?



3)     Scientific qualification/track record of the proposing PI and user group

      • Background/track record of the PI/cruise leader.
      • Background/track record of the project team (if applicable)
      • Are the roles and responsibilities of the project team clearly stated? Is the combined expertise suitable to achieve the research objectives of the cruise?

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 gathered data will be analysed and published?
      • *Is additional funding available to support the research cruise and analysis of gathered data and samples?
      • *Will data be fed into international/national data banks or models?

5)     Public outreach

      • Are dissemination activities addressing the general public planned?
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