The Secretariat of the International Seabed Authority is facilitating these activities by creating and maintaining an ongoing list of opportunities for scientific collaboration, including research cruises, deep-sea sample analysis, and training and internship programmes.
This entails building a network of co operating groups interested in (or presently undertaking) these types of activities and programmes, such as universities, institutions, contractors with the Authority and other entities.
The Secretariat is also actively seeking applications from scientists and other technical personnel from developing nations to be considered for assistance under the Fund.
Application guidelines have been prepared for potential recipients to participate in marine scientific research programmes or other scientific co-operation activity, to enrol in training programmes, and to qualify for technical assistance.
An advisory panel will evaluate all incoming applications and make recommendations to the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority so successful applicants may be awarded with Fund assistance.
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.