20 April, 2018 News stories

The EU-funded Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium (ARICE) has opened a call this week (19 April 2018) for international proposals to carry out ship-based marine research in the Arctic Ocean.  Proposals must involve at least three partners from three different countries. Priority access will be granted to proposals that demonstrate scientific excellence.  Researchers of all career stages are encouraged to apply.

Successful partnerships will gain access to the German research ship PRV Polarstern, the Canadian research ship CCGS Amundsen and the USA’s RV Sikuliaq.

Deadline for proposal submission is 5th of July 2018 3pm CEST

PRV Polarstern

Enhancing Europe’s marine-based research capability

The central aim of ARICE is to provide access to the Arctic Research Icebreakers to EU and non-EU researchers and their partners including industry. ARICE is enhancing marine-based capability in the ice-covered Arctic Ocean by using the existing polar fleet. British Antarctic Survey is an ARICE partner.

The consortium serves the needs of marine-based research in the Arctic by enabling transnational access to four European and two international research icebreakers, including:

  • PRV Polarstern, Germany
  • IB Oden, Sweden
  • RV Kronprins Haakon, Norway
  • RRS Sir David Attenborough, United Kingdom
  • CCGS Amundsen, Canada
  • RV Sikuliaq, United States of America

CCGS Amundsen

Calls for ship-time proposals

This is the first of two calls for ship-time proposals.  The second will open early in 2019:

  • ARICE CALL 2018 giving access to PRV Polarstern, CCGS Amundsen, and RV Sikuliaq, and
  • ARICE CALL 2019 giving access to IB Oden, RV Kronprins Haakon and RRS Sir David Attenborough.

Maximising operational planning

ARICE funded ship-time forms part of longer cruises (up to 2 months long) with different working groups embarked (nationally or internationally funded). This will maximize the operational days in the working areas but will require that scientific parties remain on board for a longer time.

For more information on the research icebreaker capabilities, schedule and geographic areas offered for each of the ARICE Research Icebreakers visit https://arice.eu/vessels

Download the full call documentation at https://arice.eu/documents. Proposals must be submitted using the proposal submission portal: https://secure.pt-dlr.de/ptoutline/app/arice2018

RV Sikuliaq