SOOS Endorsement

SOOS endorsement falls under two categories: 1) Research Project Endorsement, and 2) Techno+ Endorsement. Information on both these endorsement categories is available below. Click here for a list of all SOOS Endorsed Projects.


Research Project Endorsement


SOOS provides endorsement for projects and programmes on a number of levels:

  • Individual research projects 
  • Large national and international research projects
  • National and international collaborative and coordination programmes
  • Data Management initiatives

Projects may be either funded or in the process of seeking funding. Click here for a full list of SOOS Endorsed Projects and Programmes. 


  • Increases the visibility of research (e.g., project listing on website)
  • Provides an international framework for your research, which can help to leverage support and funding
  • Enables close working links with other relevant programmes and studies
  • Enhanced networking and communication
  • Promotes rapid and wide communication of ideas and results through the SOOS network
  • Potential to broaden the range of study (spatially and temporally) through increased availability of complementary information
  • Enhanced scientific value of your project through a cooperative data management approach


Endorsement will only be considered if the proposed project meets ALL of the following criteria:

  • Projects should address or contribute to A) General SOOS objectives as outlined in the SOOS Science Strategy, B) At least one of the SOOS Science Themes, and C) An aspect of Data Management that is of key relevance to the SOOS.
  • The data management policy of the policy must align with the SOOS Data Management Policy (to be made available online in August).
  • Acceptance of the general principles and goals outlined in the SOOS Science Strategy.

Endorsement Process

Endorsement is achieved through the following process:

  • Download the Request for SOOS Endorsement form. Save the form as a new 'pdf' document before you commence filling it out, and then return your form as an email attachment to the Executive Officer in the SOOS International Project Officer ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).
  • Your request is forwarded to SSC members for assessment.
  • SSC members will review the application and notify the Executive Officer of the decision within 10 working days of receiving the application.
  • The Executive Officer will notify the project leader of the decision within 4 working days of receiving the decision from the reviewing SSC members.

To request endorsement of individual research projects please use the Request for SOOS Endorsement form. For endorsement of a large-scale coordination programme or project, please contact the Executive Officer for details.

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