Are you a marine geologist or marine biologist interested in working with your colleagues on a deep-sea research initiative? Are you interested in training programmes to build upon your skills and expertise?
We invite scientists and technical personnel from developing countries to apply for assistance through the Fund. To be eligible for assistance, scientists, researchers and technicians must have three to four (or more) years of experience in a relevant field for marine scientific research.
Objectives of the Fund
To promote and encourage the conduct of marine scientific research in the international seabed area for the benefit of mankind as a whole by:
Applications for Assistance
Assistance may be sought by qualified scientists and technical personnel from developing countries to:
Applications should be submitted by developing country members of the International Seabed Authority. Applications may be accepted from other countries if the application demonstrates that it will benefit scientists from developing countries.
Applications should be submitted to the International Seabed Authority in both electronic and hard-copy formats. Please note that seven (7) hard copies of the application are required.
Applications should be submitted to:
International Seabed Authority
14/20 Port Royal Street
Fax: 1 876 922 0195
Applications should be received at least three months before the proposed date of commencement of the training programme or research activity for which financial assistance is sought.
Acceptance of Applications
Awards from the Fund are made by the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority on the basis of recommendations by the Advisory Panel. Assistance provided will be subject to the availability of funds.
The Advisory Panel is appointed by the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority. It consists of six to nine experts in the law of the sea and its implementation. The Panel will evaluate all applications and make recommendations for awards of assistance from the Fund.
It is particularly important that the purpose for which assistance is sought contain the following information in sufficient detail to enable the application to be considered and evaluated by the Advisory Panel.
TO PARTICIPATE IN MARINE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH PROGRAMMES OR SCIENTIFIC CO OPERATION:
TO ENROL IN TRAINING PROGRAMMES
TO QUALIFY FOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
Evaluating and Disseminating Information on Successful Applications
A recipient of assistance from the Fund for the purpose of participation in marine scientific research programmes or scientific co operation will be required to report to the Secretariat of the International Seabed Authority on the use of the funds provided, the outcomes of the assistance provided and on the results obtained. It is understood that this information would be subject to the need to maintain confidentiality on any aspect of the research programme, scientific co-operation concerned that may be requested by the institution or entity concerned.
A candidate who is awarded a traineeship or fellowship will be required to submit a brief report on the usefulness of the training at the end the programme. The supervisor should also provide a report to the Authority on the participant’s performance. The developing country which proposed the trainee shall also provide a brief report on the extent to which the training benefited the trainee and the developing country concerned.
A recipient of assistance of the Fund for the purpose of technical assistance will be required to report to the Secretariat of the Authority on the use of the funds provided, the outcomes of the assistance provided on the results obtained.
The Secretariat of the International Seabed Authority is required to disseminate information on the results of Fund’s activities for the benefit of all members of the Authority. This is subject to any confidentiality requirements.