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Research Vessel

A central research facility is an institution of national importance at which the high-quality staff and/or equipment required to provide scientific and technical services for research are concentrated at a single location. Such a facility is an important scientific research instrument for strengthening the research-relevant infrastructure of science and, consequently, represents a key prerequisite for preserving and raising the efficiency of research. In accordance with their role, central research facilities are established long term. At present, the DFG maintains the following central research facilities:

Research Vessel Maria S. Merian

Research Vessel MARIA S. MERIAN

The research vessel MARIA S. MERIAN is a multidisciplinary research platform equipped with outstanding facilities for marine investigation. Interner Linkmore

Research Vessel METEOR

METEOR is the third largest research vessel in Germany and is used for basic research in a number of scientific and academic disciplines. Interner Linkmore

Submission of Cruise Proposal

If you are a scientist at a publicly financed research institution in Germany, you can apply for ship time on Germany's large and medium-sized research vessels here: