Cruise Proposals

Cruise Proposals

Applications for ship time require the submission of cruise proposals. When compiling a cruise proposal, applicants must account for a lead time until realization of one to four years, depending on the size of the vessel. Furthermore, for logistical reasons, the research vessels have specific large-scale working areas, which must also be considered in the planning.

Detailed instructions on compiling research cruise proposals are in the Cruise Proposal Preparation Instructions..


The previous submission system was decommissioned. Cruise proposals can now be submitted via DFG's elan Portal.

Please note that using the elan Portal requires a one-time registration, which must first be confirmed by the DFG. Confirmation usually takes place within 24 hours on weekdays. No new registrations can be processed on weekends.

Users of the research vessels who are already registered in the elan Portal for other purposes can use their existing account and do not have to register again.



The Review Panel German Research Vessels meets twice a year in winter (January/February) and summer (June/July). If a cruise proposal should be discussed on a specific GPF meeting, please take a lead time for submission of approx. 5 months into account for regular cruise proposals. Cruise proposals that do not undergo external review (preregistered cruises in context with coordinated programs, cruises financed by other departments than the BMBF, equipment tests, and educational cruises) should be submitted with a lead time of at least 3 months.

Desired GPF meeting for discussion of a cruise proposal Recommended latest submissions date of regular cruise proposals Recommended latest submission date of cruise proposals that do not undergo external review
Winter (January/February) By July of the preceding year By September of the preceding year
Summer (June/July) By January of the same year By March of the same year


All proponents are kindly requested to utilize the flexible year-round standing open call, and to submit, if feasible, completed cruise proposals also distinctly earlier than at the submission dates listed above.