The International Seabed Authority Endowment Fund promotes and encourages the conduct of collaborative marine scientific research in the international seabed area for the benefit of humankind through two main activities:
- By supporting the participation of qualified scientists and technical personnel from developing countries in marine scientific research programmes and activities.
- By providing opportunities to these scientists to participate in relevant initiatives.
Application for Assistance from the Fund
Applications for assistance from the Fund may be made by any developing country or by any other country, if the purpose of the grant is to benefit scientists from developing countries.
Pursuant to the agreed procedures, an Advisory Panel is to be appointed by the Secretary-General of the Authority to evaluate applications for assistance from the Fund and make recommendations to the Secretary-General. Appointments to the advisory panel are for a period of three years. New members of the panel were appointed by the Secretary-General in 2014.
As at 7 March 2016, a total of 83 scientists or government officials from 43 countries have been beneficiaries of financial support from the Endowment Fund. The recipients were from Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Chile China, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Egypt, Fiji, Greece, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jamaica, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia, Namibia, Nigeria, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, the Russian Federation, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey and Viet Nam. [List of Trainees]
Network of Cooperating Institutions
In administering the Fund, the secretariat of the Authority is required to endeavour to make arrangements with universities, scientific institutions, contractors and other entities for opportunities for scientists from developing countries to participate in marine scientific research activities. The secretariat has established a network of cooperating institutions that may be interested in offering places on courses or research opportunities. Members of the network to date include the National Oceanography Centre (United Kingdom); the Nati onal Institute of Ocean Technology (India); the French Institute for the Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER); the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (Germany); the Natural History Museum (United Kingdom); Duke University (USA); and InterRidge, an international, non-profit programme promoting interdisciplinary studies of oceanic spreading centres.
Examples of Collaborations:
- Kaplan Project: Analyzing Biodiversity, Species Ranges and Gene Flow in Nodule Areas of the Seabed
- CenSeam Project: Assessing Biodiversity Patterns on Seamounts to Identify Knowledge Gaps
- Geological Model Project: Metals of Commercial Interest in Polymetallic Nodule Deposits of the Clarion-Clipperton Zone